Jackson State Gives Daingerfield’s Cody Davis First Division I Scholarship Offer
Cody Davis is a blue chip as far as NCAA Division II schools are concerned, but a scholarship offer Tuesday from Jackson State University presents the Daingerfield defensive end an opportunity to play at the Division I FCS level if he wishes.
Davis confirmed his invitation from the Tigers' program, which is his 16th college offer overall, to ETSN.fm.
Davis (6-3, 240) previously received Division II offers from universities very friendly to the East Texas region. His list of offers includes Angelo State, Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Daingerfield won the District 7-3A Division II championship this past season and finished the year with a 6-5 record. Its season ended with a first-round playoff loss to a Winona squad that advanced all the way to the Region II championship game after a fourth-place finish in the adjacent district.
Davis wrapped up the regular season tied as the region's second-leading player in the forced fumbles category with eight alongside Overton's Garrett Long and Stephen F. Austin commitment Sloan Rodberg from Wills Point.
In addition to eight fumbles forced -- and with the aid of one playoff game -- Davis recorded 92 tackles, eight sacks, five fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and a blocked punt through Daingerfield's season. Twenty-four of his tackles went for loss, and he showed up on the chart 23 more times with quarterback pressures.
Jackson State, a university in Jackson, Miss., and a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, posted a 3-8 record in 2016 under first-year head coach Tony Hughes. The Tigers program won back-to-back SWAC championship games in 2012 and 2013 and have been to that game five times since its inception in 1999.
Since 2015, the SWAC champion plays a postseason bowl game against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in lieu of competing in the FCS playoffs.
A normal Jackson State schedule features one early-season game against an NCAA Division I FBS opponent against a team elsewhere in the Southern region of the United States. It will visit TCU this upcoming season, Southern Miss in 2018 and South Alabama in 2019.
Davis, like all college football prospects currently in their senior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 1.