Halifax County High School senior linebacker Brandon Davis has been selected to play for the North squad in this year’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
The all-star game featuring a number of the country’s top high school seniors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
High marks scored by Davis at a pair of football combines led to his selection to play in the all-star football game that will be televised live nationally on ESPN 3.
“It is truly an honor to be able to compete with the best in the country,” Davis said.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity and to representing Halifax County High School.”
Davis earned high marks in an initial football combine held in April in Richmond at the site of the Washington Redskins’ pre-season training camp. At that combine, Davis competed in four events including bench press, broad jump, a 40-yard dash and a 5x10 shuttle run.
He tied with three other players for first place in the bench press at the April combine and placed well enough overall to qualify to participate in a Super Combine held June 22-23 at the same site.
During the Super Combine, Davis took first place in both the bench press and broad jump and placed second overall among all of the 65 participants based on event scoring.
The Super Combine included other facets as well. Participants had to provide basic information such as height and weight, had to prove they meet the NCAA academic and SAT test score standards, provide game video, and participate in individual skill work. Participants also were put through a mock draft, a photo shoot and interviews.
When all was done, Davis was selected to be among the 55 senior recruits to participate on the North squad in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
The Comets linebacker admitted there was pressure, especially heading into the Super Combine.
“I couldn’t go to sleep the night before,” Davis remarked.
“I was up stretching, doing anything possible to prepare for the event. It was a lot of pressure. All eyes are on you. Everybody, your fellow competitors, are judging you. There is a lot of pressure, but these big moments are where the best show their talent. They pull through in the pressure moments.”
Halifax County High School head football coach Grayson Throckmorton says he is very happy Davis has been selected to play in the all-star game.
“It’s not very often that a kid from Virginia, much less from rural Halifax County gets chosen for such a high-level game as that,” Throckmorton pointed out.
“I’m tickled pink for him and our community. It goes to show we have good young men here in our county that work to do the right thing and work hard to prepare themselves. We should get more attention than we do.”
Throckmorton calls Davis a trendsetter.
“He’s a leader by example,” Throckmorton explained.
“By nature, he is a kind of quiet guy that the kids look up to. They respect him, and he leads by example. That’s a really good thing that is going to carry him a long ways in life no matter what career path he chooses.”
Davis credits Throckmorton, the Comets coaching staff and his Comets teammates for preparing him for the success he experienced at the two football combines.
“The coaching staff did a very good job with me on the workouts,” Davis pointed out.
“My teammates did a very good job, too, pushing me in the weight room and on the field, preparing me to compete against the competition of the other athletes from around the world. They are very good teammates, very good coaches, and they all helped prepare me for this event.”
Davis says the Halifax County High School football program has done a lot to prepare him and the other players for success both on and off the field.
“This program may not be 100% the best program in the world, but we do learn life lessons in this program,” said Davis.
“We do win, we do compete, and we have fun. Like any other high school team, we may not finish with the best record, but at the end of the day, we’re all pretty successful.
“There is nothing wrong with this football program,” Davis continued.
“We don’t win every game, but success is not always determined by wins and losses. It’s about players being molded into future good young men. It’s about learning life lessons and traditions.
“Coach Throck has brought a lot of that to this team,” Davis added, “and he has done a very good job of bringing all of us together. He’s a good coach, and I think the young players coming up will really enjoy playing for him.”
Davis said he has two pieces of advice for players coming up through the Halifax County High School football program – dedicate themselves to workouts in the weight room and do what they need to do in the classroom to be good academically.
“I would definitely motivate all kids coming up to stay in the weight room.,” Davis said.
“The weight room played a big key to my success, and to the success of my teammates. Also, stay in the books in school, and you will be successful.”