2022’s Dontevious Davis is a blend of Ronde Barber and Steve Smith | Youth1

2022’s Dontevious Davis is a blend of Ronde Barber and Steve Smith

Dontevious Davis is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2022.


The 5-foot-9, 100-pound Davis, who attends Middleton High School, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and cornerback.


Davis, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lions, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as being selected as an Impact Player.


Davis is humbled by the accolades.


“It means a lot to me to be recognized. It makes me feel great because it shows me that all of the hard work I’ve been putting in has been paying off,” Davis said. “It makes me want to keep improving to get better each day on the field.”


No matter the opponent, on each snap Davis is determined to give it his all.


Davis is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Davis steps between the lines.


“On offense I want to help us move down the field and to score as many touchdowns as possible. On defense I want to help us stop the ball and don’t let them get in the end zone,” Davis said. “I want to make the opponent have to work for everything they get.”


Davis has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Davis tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.


“I love being able to play my positions to the best of my ability and making plays to help my team win football games,” Davis said. “Plus I enjoy the brotherhood I share with all of my teammates.”


Davis 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 so much about life in general,” Davis said. “It has taught me to never quit no matter what. If you believe in yourself you can make any of your dreams come true.”


Davis recalls his favorite football memory.


“My favorite memory is when we went to the playoffs last year because it was my first time going, so that it really meant a lot to me,” Davis said. “It was a special moment that I’ll never forget.”


Leonard Jones is in his second season coaching Davis for the Tampa Bay Lions organization.


Jones explains the best parts of Davis’ game.


“He plays DB, WR, DE, and occasionally outside LB. At every position Davis plays smart,” Jones said. “At DB, Davis is fluid and knows how to use his hands amd cut off receivers from their routes. At WR, he runs good routes and catches with his hands. At DE, his first step is quick and uses his hands defend off the block and get around the edge.”


Davis takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Davis makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I try my best every day to be the best teammate and leader I can be for the team,” Davis said. “I try to give advice to any of my teammates that needs help on any specific plays. I tell my teammates to stay focused no matter what the score is or how much time is left on the clock.”


Jones adds that Davis is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“Davis is a leader by example,” Jones said. “In practice he helps teammates needed with sideline instructions on the small fundamentals to help better his teammates.”


Davis is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches on how to be a better football player and a better person off the field,” Davis said. “My coaches always want the best for me. They want me to succeed in every way of my life. They tell me to keep grinding and never let anyone outwork me.”


Jones is an advocate of Davis’ capabilities.


“There were two games that impressed me last season,” Jones said. “One was against a local division team when he was switched in to play DE in the 3rd quarter. Even though the tackle had him by at least 90 plus pounds, Davis wrecked havoc finishing the game with three sacks and a force fumble. The other game Davis played offense at receiver against a Lakeland team where he had several catches including a some key third downs and a 45-yard TD off a wheel route that he ran perfectly.”


In addition to making clutch plays, Davis also has a high level of football IQ as well.


Davis has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“Davis has a good football IQ,” Jones said. “He understands coverages and down tendencies of the opposing team at times. He’s a very smart player that studies the game a lot.”


Davis is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“Dontevious takes no plays off. He has a great work ethic and doesn’t miss many practices,” Jones said. “In all the years I've coached him I have no problems with him on or off the field. Great attitude and is a guru on the whiteboard. He is smart and has a good football IQ. This kid makes coaching easy.”


Jones explains why he compares Davis to these players.


“First, Ronde Barber because he is not the biggest nor the fastest but he will succeed and out play you on the field with technique and smart play,” Jones said. “Secondly, Steve Smith because Dontevious is fearless with a big heart and that attribute cannot be coached. You're born with it.”


Davis patterns his mentality after this standout.


“I look up to DeSean Jackson because he is an inspiration to me,” Davis said. “I try to play the same way he does on the field. Whenever he’s on the field he’s always a threat for the opponent to worry about.”


Davis is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“I want to be the best player and person I can be on and off the football field,” Davis said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”


Davis has his sights set on becoming a Miami Hurricane.


“Nobody does it like The U. They invented swag and I want to be a part of the next generation that brings The U back,” Davis said. “Winning a national title at Miami would be such a great feeling.”


Jones outlines the next areas of improvement for Davis.  


“Just for him to continue to hone his skills,” Jones said. “Davis has so much potential because of not only his talent but also his dedication. As he gets older I’m confident he’ll fine-tune his game even more.”


Jones believes the sky is the limit as long as Davis continues to stay hungry.  


“Davis has the all the capabilities to strive at the next level,” Jones said “He is also surrounded by a great supporting cast in his dad and family. I look forward to watching him have a tremendous football career.”



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