BROKEN ARROW — Playing basketball has paid a lot of dividends for Broken Arrow's Frankie Davis.
The sport has allowed him to develop his agility and display his athleticism, both of which are eye-catching commodities in the world of football recruiting.
As basketball began to wind down in February and March, Davis' football recruiting began to pick up. Arkansas State was the first to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end, who ranks No. 19 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruiting list. Other programs like Memphis, Louisiana-Monroe and Tulsa came on as well, growing his offer list to seven schools.
Coaches at Oklahoma, Washington State, Missouri and Kansas are showing interest, but the bigger programs aren't sure he's big enough. Davis has the skills and the talent to play defensive end, but his 220-pound frame screams linebacker.
That's where basketball season hurts him most.
“The big downside is that I lose a lot of weight with all the running,” Davis said. “I'd like to get up to 240 or 245 this season, because the bigger schools have questions about my size.”
Davis says he wouldn't mind being a linebacker if that's where a college team wants him to play, but he prefers defensive end. And the seven schools that have offered all see him on the line.
Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital thinks it's the perfect position for him, and he doesn't believe the concerns about his weight are valid
“If you look at him, you see how skinny he looks at 220,” the coach said. “I think he has a lot of potential size. He can grow into a fine defensive end.
“He's not that 260-pound guy right now, but he has the potential to get that big. He's so athletic, and he'll just continue that at a larger size.”
And Spavital believes Davis offers a lot more to a college team because of his character.
“He's just a great kid,” Spavital said. “He's been involved here since he was little, and I can't think of a day he's missed. He's a perfect kid to coach.”
No. 19: Frankie Davis
School: Broken Arrow
Weight: 220 pounds
Position: Defensive end
Offers: Tulsa, Memphis, Arkansas State and New Mexico highlight a list that now totals seven offers.