2022’s Julian Davila is grinding to be the next Marcus Mariota | Youth1

2022’s Julian Davila is grinding to be the next Marcus Mariota

Julian Davila is one of the best players from the Houston, TX area in the Class of 2022.


The 5-foot-5, 120-pound Davila, who attends Humble Middle School, is a pinpoint quarterback.  


Davila has played for the Fast Camp Eagles, Texas Footwork Bengals and the Humble Middle School football team.


During his outstanding youth football career, Davila already received plenty of recognition such as capturing the offensive MVP and Most Improved awards.


Davila is humbled for the opportunities to showcase his skills against the best of the best.


“The awards mean so much to me because this is what I love to do,” Davilla said. “I’m proud of those accomplishments and want to push to continue to get better every day.”


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 remember the good and forget the bad,” Davila said. “Just take it one play at a time.”


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


“That I can one day get paid to do what I love and the way football is not only a game but prepares you for life,” Davila said.


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 that being disciplined and respectful that take you a long way,” Davila said.


Davila recalls his favorite football memory.


“When I threw my first touchdown because it gave me a boost of confidence that I can really do this,” Davila said.


Texas Footwork founder Darren Hendricks is Davila’s trainer and coach.


Hendricks explains the best parts of Davilla’s game.


“Just his decision making. He does a really good job of being smart with the ball and taking care of it without committing a lot of turnovers,” Hendricks said. “He’s a very accurate quarterback. He’s going to put the ball in those small windows. He can pinpoint whether it’s going to be an outside shoulder or inside shoulder route.”


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.


“I try to be a good teammate by encouraging them when they do good and bad,” Davila said. “I give my teammates encouragement like: ‘You’re good. Just don’t let it get to you.’”


Hendricks adds that Davila is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“He’s a quiet leader. Because he does so well, people rally around him,” Hendricks said. “He’s got a very quiet confidence about him.”


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


“I’ve learned so much from my coaches. They’re taught me that football is a game of discipline not skill,” Davila said. “They tell me that football helps with a lot more than what I think.”


Hendricks is an advocate of Davila’s capabilities.


“In this last game we had for the championship of a 7-on-7 tournament, we were down and he never flinched,” Hendricks said. “He drove the ball all the way down the field and we scored that last touchdown. It was all just based on his decision making. He never got nervous or anything like that.”

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.


“His IQ is really getting better. When he first started he was a little nervous in regards to trying to feel his way out,” Hendricks said. “But now he’s gotten comfortable with the system and knowing where everybody’s going to be. He does really, really well with looking and diagnosis what the defense is trying to do and basing his throws off that.”


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


“His work ethic is 5 out of 5. That kid is always at the gym,” Hendricks said. “He’s always trying to get extra work. Him and his brother are always working out together.”


Hendricks explains why he compares Davila to this player.


“As far as putting the ball out there, his accuracy and not being a super tall quarterback but making smart plays he’s similar to BJ Daniels,” Hendricks said.


Meanwhile, Davila patterns his play after this rising star.


“I look up to Marcus Mariota because he’s a very humble person and is one of the best at his position,” Davila said.


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


“On the field I want to be the best at my position and work each and every day for what I love,” Davila said. “Off the field I want to have a stable life with a good family, job and education.”


Before the pros, Davila understands the value of education.


“I don’t have a set college I’m interested in,” Davila said. “Any school that will keep my parents from spending money and give me an education is fine for me.”

Davila lists history as his favorite subject in school.


“I like to know what went on before my time,” Davila said.


Hendricks outlines the next areas of improvement for Davila.


“You can never have enough arm strength so he’s working on that,” Hendricks said. “Driving the ball and getting it out there quicker on the release. That’s what guys like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees do.”


Hendricks believes the sky is the limit as long as Davila continues to stay hungry.  


“I think definitely he’ll go to a pretty good school and anybody that gets him is getting a smart quarterback,” Hendricks said. “He’s dedicated to being his best. He’s just a playmaker. He’s just a good kid. I just can’t say enough about his character.”



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