I had the pleasure of sitting down with rising Bethune-Cookman DE/OLB Ryan Davis in a very impressive interview. For those of you who have not heard of Ryan Davis yet, you soon will. Coming into this season Ryan was: First-Team Preseason All-MEAC, Preseason HBCU All-American, Preseason Box to Row All-MEAC team, College Football Performance Awards nation Defensive Line watch list, HBCU All-Star Bowl watch list. After the season he won awards including: MEAC’s standout defensive performer of the year. He also lead the conference in sacks with 12 and 21.5 tackles for loss as well as 8 forced fumbles. Ryan Davis is fast rising prospect to keep an eye on as we inch closer towards the NFL Draft.
Here is my interview with Ryan.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Ryan Davis?
Ryan Davis: They are getting a guy who was raised right by my mother and father who will always do the right thing. They will be getting a great all around guy. I have a joking side to me but I also take things very serious. I have a great personality and really get after it. I am good at learning on the fly and am very responsible. I am a guy who they can trust.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Ryan Davis: Winning the national championship at our level was a very good accomplishment and one I will carry with me forever. The MEAC championship win was very important to me and it proved what hard work can do. It solidified my career. I had never won a state championship in High School so that is something I will cherish the rest of my life.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Ryan Davis: I think one strength that really separates me is how I prepare before a game. I do a lot of film watching and preparation to know my opponent before I see them on the field and that really helps me. I feel as if I am a student of the game. I have good speed and quickness which gives me an edge and I am versatile. I can play DE and OLB.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Ryan Davis: The guys that I played with and knowing that this will be my last moments as a member of the Bethune-Cookman football team with them. The friendships and bond I have formed with my teammates will be missed. We were a family going to war together.
Scott Porter: What are you doing this off-season as you get ready for the NFL draft?
Ryan Davis: I played in the Battle of Florida and that was a blast and a great experience. I am currently training with Athletes Compound in Tampa, Florida and continue to focus on my pro day and get myself as prepared as I can for my time.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Ryan Davis: I want to be an impact player. I want to have an impact right away. I want to go in there and sit and wait around to make an impact. All due respect to the veterans in the league but I want to win a starting job early in my career and take off from there. That is my mindset. I want to come in, play at a high level and start.
Scott Porter: Is there an NFL player that reminds you of yourself?
Ryan Davis: Robert Mathis of the Colts is a guy I watch a lot of. The way he comes off the ball and gets to the QB. I try and mimic a lot of things from his game into mine as I see us as similar players. What he does and the impact he has for the Colts defense is something I see as similar to what I can bring to the table. I also like watching Von Miller and Clay Matthews. I really like to watch all three of these guys and model my game after theirs.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Ryan Davis: I am a movie guy. I like to go to movies, rent movies whatever the case may be. I like to play on my IPAD and watch a lot of netflix. Basically I spend a lot of my free time just chilling and hanging out.
Scott Porter: What impact as your head coach Brian Jenkins at Bethune-Cookman had on you? How has he helped you get to where you are today?
Ryan Davis: Coach Jenkins has had a major impact on me and my success. He is very detail oriented and he is a great coach. He is a type of guy with an attitude of get with it or get lost. He gets the best out of his players. He really pushed me to be the player I am today and got me to believe in myself. Once I believed in myself and trusted what I was doing the sky was the limit. That is when I really took off. The entire coaching staff was great to me here and getting the most out of my talents. They along with my teammates help push me as we really helped each other. I really tip my hat to Coach Jenkins as well as the rest of the coaching staff and my teammates. They have all had a positive impact in my success.