Super 30 No. 13: Daniel Davis has a much brighter future in football than the sport he obsesses over

BY JUSTIN HARPER, STAFF WRITER, JHARPER@OPUBCO.COM Modified: June 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm •  Published: June 25, 2010
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photo - Norman North's Daniel Davis has already locked up a scholarship to Stanford. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN
Norman North's Daniel Davis has already locked up a scholarship to Stanford. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

BY JUSTIN HARPER

Staff Writer

jharper@opubco.com

NORMAN — Some might say Daniel Davis lives and breathes the sport.

"It's like an obsession, really," he says. "The more I play it, the more I want to play it."

Problem is, there's just no future in it.

Clearly we're not talking about football. Nope, try swimming pool basketball.

"Last year, we were playing three times a week for hours at a time," said the Norman North standout. "We had like 60 or 70 people cycle through. It got bigger and bigger with every game."

With summer fully upon us, pool hoops season at the Davis household is officially on.

"It's so much fun," said the T-Wolves' defensive end. "And it gets pretty intense. There are no fouls. The only rule is you can't choke anybody out."

Fortunately for Davis, football doesn't have to be his sole priority right now. He's already locked up a scholarship offer to Stanford, which resulted in an oral commitment from Davis during his junior year. He's already gone through the Stanford football camp, returning last week from Palo Alto. And as a three-year starter for the T-Wolves, he knows all the ends and outs of summer preparation for the upcoming season.

"That part seems like it gets easier every year," Davis said.

Well, it does for the rare few with Davis' trifecta of elite athletic ability, work ethic and drive.

"I'm more excited than anything," he said. "I look back at last year and realize how much stronger and faster I was than as a sophomore. And now I'm bigger and faster than my junior year. So, I'm really looking forward to my senior year."

For good reason. In May, Davis was clocked in the 40 at 4.53. And at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he's built to deliver even more punishment than he has the past two seasons. But more than that is the fact the Norman North is returning to the 4-3 defensive alignment that Davis thrived in as a sophomore.