Davis Hopes to Follow in Father's Footsteps

Cameron Davis

Bryant (Ark.) offensive tackle Cameron Davis hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, Isaac Davis, who played at Arkansas before playing in the NFL.

Like many boys, Bryant (Ark.) High's Cameron Davis wants to follow in his father's footsteps.

The two-star offensive tackle has four offers – Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss – but he would like to add his father's alma mater to the list.

Isaac Davis was a four-year starter at Arkansas, playing from 1990-93, and was named to the All-Decade team as an offensive guard, along with Brandon Burlsworth. Following his career with the Razorbacks, the San Diego Chargers selected him in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft.

"My dad says he doesn't care where I go to school as long as it's free school," Cameron Davis said, "but it'd be nice to play for the Hogs and carry on the tradition."

After playing his junior season at 253 pounds, Davis put on about 20 pounds during the offseason, increasing his weight to the 270-275 range.

He has also benefited from battling his teammate and fellow D-I prospect Cameron Murray during spring practice. Murray, a junior-to-be, has an offer from Arkansas State and has drawn interest from Arkansas and Memphis.

"That's my best friend," Davis said. "He came in his sophomore year and started. I just kind of showed him the ropes and we kind of built our friendship over the year we played together.

"We went against each other during spring ball. He won some and I won some, so it was good."

Of course, Davis also has the advantage of living with someone with plenty of experience and knowledge of the game.

"We do a lot of one-on-one sessions together," Isaac Davis said. "My biggest thing is technique. The strength, the brawn, the brute and all of that stuff comes with age. The technique aspect of it has got to be there."

While he put on 20 pounds during the offseason, dad said he expects his son to eventually reach the 300-pound mark. He doesn't think his body is built to reach 315 pounds, but he doesn't completely toss out the idea.

"His frame, body-wise, is a lot different than mine," Isaac Davis said. "He's more long and lean, so it's going to be a little more time before he puts the actual weight on.

"He probably won't be that 315-320 guy, but then again he may. You never know. He's only 16."

On Thursday, Cameron Davis visited his father's old stomping grounds, attending Arkansas' Elite Camp.

The trip gave Isaac Davis a chance to relive memories and see all of the changes that have happened in Fayetteville since he graduated. He was also excited about the opportunity for his son.

"It's like watching the story of my life in real time," Isaac Davis said. "I've just been harping on playing fast and with his mind at ease and go out there and have fun."

Despite his career taking him all over the country – he spent time in San Diego, New Orleans, Minnesota and Oakland while in the NFL and Las Vegas, Chicago and Memphis while in the XFL – Davis said he was always drawn back to his home state.

However, he doesn't want his career at Arkansas to influence his son's decision.

"I'll always be loyal to Arkansas," Isaac Davis said. "Arkansas has been good to me and it's where I'm from. Of course I'd love to see him come here, but I also said that he has to make his own choice.

"Wherever he goes, wherever God leads him, I'll be happy."

After the Arkansas camp, Davis will attend camps at Memphis, Arkansas State and Southern Miss.

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