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Sumter TE Davis signs to play at Brevard College

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 3/20/20

After a junior season in which he saw limited playing time as a wide receiver for the Sumter High School football season, Vincent Davis was told by Gamecock head coach Mark Barnes that he wanted to move Davis to tight end.

Davis' initial …

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Sumter TE Davis signs to play at Brevard College

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After a junior season in which he saw limited playing time as a wide receiver for the Sumter High School football season, Vincent Davis was told by Gamecock head coach Mark Barnes that he wanted to move Davis to tight end.

Davis' initial response?

"At first, I was a little discouraged, but then I decided I will play whatever position they put me at," Davis said. "I'll work regardless, and I made the best out of it."

So much so that Davis will be getting the opportunity to play at the next level. Davis recently signed to play with Brevard College, an NCAA Division III school located in Brevard, North Carolina.

"Vincent kind of got lost at wide receiver," Barnes said. "He caught the ball well enough, but he probably didn't run well enough to play out there.

"The thing about football is it's a team game, and we're constantly asking people to make sacrifices to make our team better. We needed him to become something else, and that was a tight end. And he became a fast tight end; where he was may have been a slow wide receiver, he's a fast tight end."

Davis is excited to be getting the opportunity to continue playing the sport he loves.

"It's an honor and a blessing," Davis said of signing. "I worked so hard for this all of my life. To see it finally all come true and pay off means a lot to me."

The move to tight end got Davis more time on the field.

"He did a good job blocking for us, and he always caught the ball well," Barnes said.

Barnes is happy Davis' move has paid off in the way it did.

"He's a guy who is fortunate to get another opportunity to play because I think he's just going to continue to get better," Barnes said. "What I like about it is Vincent made sacrifices for this team, and he's getting this opportunity."

Davis said Brevard was just the right place for him.

"When I went up there on my visit, they treated me with a lot of hospitality, with a lot of respect," Davis said. "It's close to home where I can still see my family, and the environment up there is great."

Brevard went 8-2 this past season and finished first in USA South Athletic Conference.