Joel Davila is one of the best players from the Houston, TX area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Davila, who attends Humble High School, is a lock down free safety.
Davila has played for the Fast camp Eagles (15u) and the Humble Middle School football team.
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During his outstanding youth football career, Davila already received plenty of recognition such as capturing the Defensive Player of the Year award
Davila is humbled for the opportunities to showcase his skills against the best of the best.
“That award means a lot because it shows that I was working harder the usual and putting more time and effort to perfect my skill,” Davila said. “It was a great experience I was surrounded by a lot of other kids that were just as good as me and we all had one dream and that was to make it big.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Davila is determined to give it his all.
Davila is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Davila steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to dominate on the field and beat whoever is in front of me and not let them complete any passes on me or let them run to my side of the field,” Davila said.
Davila has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Davila tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“The thing I love most about playing the game of football is that not everybody makes it in this game and I’m different,” Davila said. “I want to be great and let the world know my name. Football is my love and my passion. I love it. I love the grind, the work, and effort you have to put forward to be great and that’s why I keep on trying to perfect my craft.”
Davila has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me to never take anything for granted because you can have a starting spot one day and get it taken away the next,” Davila said. “That is a lesson in life to not taking something for granted. You always have to work and grind like you don’t have it even when you do.”
Davila recalls his favorite football memory.
“When I had the chance to fly out to California with my little league team and play against Snoop Dogg’s football team in the championship which we won 26-6,” Davila said.
Texas Footwork founder Darren Hendricks has trained with Davila.
Hendricks explains the best parts of Davilla’s game.
“He has really good instincts on the ball from the games that I’ve watched him play. He plays coverage really, really well,” Hendricks said. “He’s very aggressive. He’s definitely a ball-hawk.”
Davila takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Davilla makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“Being a good teammate is not talking down on them but lifting them up and telling them to shake it off because we need to get stronger as a team,” Davilla said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates was that it is all short-term memory and they need to forget about the last play and worry about the next. I never let my teammates slack off because we are all hurting just like them and mention the saying ‘pain is temporary but greatness is forever.’”
Hendricks adds that Davila is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He’s just a leader on the field,” Hendricks said. “He’s actually assisted me with coaching the kids so that should tell you how smart he is. He helped out with our eighth grade team.”
Davila is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“What I’ve learned from my coaches was to always stay disciplined through anything whether it’s a win or loss because that shows people a lot and it makes them respect you more as a person,” Davila said. “The best advice my coach has gave me was that I should always stay disciplined and loyal to my grind because not everybody make it in this game and you only get one shot. So you can either be great or be like everybody else. I know it does not seem that inspiring but I honestly took it to heart and it still has stuck with me till this day. No matter what I’m always the one going hard whether it’s giving it my all in sprints to giving it my all inside the classroom.”
Hendricks is an advocate of Davila’s capabilities.
“I came to watch the Humble Wildcats JV game. He was in the cover two and read the play perfect and almost returned it for a touchdown,” Hendricks said. “That was his second interception of the game.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Davila also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Davila has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s a very patient safety. He’s not rushing and is always trying to find his way to the ball. He’s very smart like his brother,” Davila said. “ e actually does a lot of the film for Texas Footwork. Him and his dad do it. So he spends endless hours on film breaking it down. It’s great to see a player so interested in craft as far as X’s and O’s.”
Davila is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He works super, super hard,” Hendricks said. “In over the 100 kids I’ve dealt with in the last two years training at the gym, he’s in the top 10 for work ethic.”
Hendricks explains why he compares Davila to this player.
“He’s like Kenny Vaccaro,” Hendricks said. “Because of his instinct to the ball and the fact he’s a tough player. I think if he gets some weight and bulk on him he could be like that guy.”
Meanwhile, Davila patterns his play after this rising star.
“I look up to the cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars Jalen Ramsey because his grind is so different from others and I love his confidence,” Davila said. “He has it because he know he is good and can beat the guy in front of him and I know I have the ability to be as good or maybe even better. I’ve been following since he was in college football playing for Florida State.”
Davila is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goal on and off the field is to stay humbled and disciplined because that takes you a lot farther in life than just football,” Davila said. “It makes you into a better person at life.”
Before the pros, Davila dreams of being the next great Ohio State Buckeye.
“If I could choose any college it would probably be Ohio state because it is not just a good school for the athletics program but they also have a good educational program and you have to be smarter than usual to get into there,” Davila said. “So not only would I be playing the sport I love, I would be getting the education I want to have for when I get out of football.”
Davila lists science as his favorite subject in school.
“Because it so much more interesting than the other subjects,” Davila said. “It gets deeper than just regular science and all the normal stuff you hear it includes stuff like physics,chemistry, and botany.”
Hendricks outlines the next areas of improvement for Davila.
“Just playing multiple positions. He’s been a safety since I’ve seen him play and I would like to see him play a little more corner,” Hendricks said. “I think he can do so much more with his athletic ability and I think the more positions he plays the better it’ll be for him and his team.”
Hendricks believes the sky is the limit as long as Davila continues to stay hungry.
“His potential is that he can go as far as he wants to go,” Hendricks said. “It’s all about his measurables and the resume he puts on the field. It’s a matter of what school he’s a best fit for.”
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