Many High School isn't a traditional hot spot for football recruiters, but plenty of college coaches have found their way to Sabine Parish over the past couple of years. Last year, it was to see TE Nic Jacobs, who signed with LSU, and this year it's to get a look at WR Rod Davis and OL Jonathan Lewis.
"Coach (Stan) Eggen gave the impression that there's a scholarship offer for Rod if he wants it," said Many head coach Jess Curtis. "They seem to want him bad. They'd like to bring Rod in, have him enroll, and just let him go to classes for a year so he can get academically eligible.
"They would have him work closely with Tech's academic tutoring service that year. Rod's been taking several online correspondence courses this summer and I expect that he's in better shape after completing those."
While Davis has an offer from Mississippi State, the fact that he hasn't committed yet bodes well for Tech's chances down the road.
"Rod went to State's Big Dawg camp last weekend and he did well, from what I heard," said Curtis, who was a star tight end for Many's most successful team ever, the Class 2A state runner-up 1988 squad. "I've only had a brief phone conversation with Rod since the camp, but I'll find out how things went when we start two-a-days next week.
"He hasn't committed to Mississippi State, so I'm not sure where his head is at. Coach Eggen's a dynamic guy who has done a good job recruiting Rod for Tech. He'd jump through a hoop to get Rod and he said that he'd be calling during the season to check things out."
Until recently, it appeared that Davis would switch to quarterback this year, but that issue has been assuaged, thanks to a timely transfer.
"I'm relieved that Rod is going to be at wide receiver for us," said Curtis. "We have a new student who is transferring to Many that will play QB. We could actually be better on offense this year."
The Many offense will benefit from the services of offensive lineman Jonathan Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder who has an offer from Southeastern.
"I think he'll get a couple of more offers," said Curtis of his blue-ribbon lineman. "He's got to. He's just too good. But if that doesn't happen, he'll go to Southeastern and do well there. Jonathan is the kind of kid that you win games with. I'm going to miss him. He'd love to get an offer from Tech. That's his favorite and where he wants to go for college."
In 2009, Many went 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals before getting eliminated by Evangel Christian for the second consecutive year. Davis (6-foot-3, 185) led the team in receiving with 44 receptions for 518 yards and 12 TDs.