Athlete Worth Watching: Shane Davis of Broadneck High School
Jan 11, 2018 09:37AM ● Published by Lauren VanSickle
Matching his older brother’s accomplishments as a quarterback at Broadneck High School might have seemed like a tall order for Shane Davis.
His older brother, Emmett, led the Bruins to an appearance in a Class 4A state semifinal in 2015 and now is a backup signal-caller at Navy.
If Shane Davis worried about trying to outdo his brother, he never showed it.
Shane took over for Emmett in 2016 as a junior and his past two seasons have been outstanding.
This past fall, he played as well as any quarterback in the county.
“I thought it was pretty cool to see what he did and try to compete with him,” Davis said. “There was pressure at the beginning, but it didn’t faze me that much. I just wanted to do better than he did and create my own legacy.”
Davis is also standout guard on the Broadneck basketball team, and his coaches say he could play either sport in college.
He should have plenty of options.
Catholic, Randolph Macon and Clarion have recruited Davis for football while Hobart, Washington College and Catholic have expressed interest in him for basketball.
“I am not sure yet,” Davis said of what sport he will play at the next level. “I like both of them pretty evenly.”
Davis, who carries a 3.75 grade point average and is a member of his school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said he will make a decision this winter.
Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek predicts the interest from colleges will only increase as Davis continues to enjoy success in both sports.
“He has great arm, is extremely accurate and has a quick release,” said Kazmarek, a former Broadneck football and basketball coach. “Those are powerful weapons and they are really what is making him (so good) in football.
“I am not sure whether Shane is a major Division I basketball player,” he added. “But he has a really nice skill-set, and he is a big-time shooter from the perimeter.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Davis said adding 15 pounds through rigorous weight training in the offseason made him a better football player.
And he is seeing the results on the field.
“I was on a mission,” Davis explained. “I thought it would help me a lot for my senior year. I did a lot of summer workouts with my (football) teammates and I also would lift on my own.”
The 18-year-old Davis was elected a football team co-captain and he showed plenty of leadership in the offseason by organizing workouts with Ethon Williams, Tyler Vermillion, Trey Hanna and Chris Igmazic.
“I just loved having a kid that wants to take charge,” Broadneck football coach Rob Harris said. “He is a leader of the offense. He owns it and he likes it that way.”
Davis never played football before high school, but he’s clearly establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in school history after throwing for 2,050 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior to lead the Bruins to an 8-4 record.
He has taken an even bigger step forward in 2017, cutting down on interceptions and improving his accuracy while tossing 20 touchdowns in Broadneck’s 7-0 start.
Davis completed 22 of 26 passes for four touchdowns and 352 yards in a 49-7 rout of Severna Park and rushed for a score and threw for three more scores in a 45-9 thumping of Arundel.
“He makes such quick decisions and really delivers the ball on time,” Harris said. “Everything he does is with urgency. He really knows how to manipulate the defenders now. It’s like he’s a step ahead of the defense.”
After playing on the Broadneck junior varsity basketball team for two seasons, Davis had a solid first year on the varsity in 2017.
He averaged 12 points and three assists per game playing both point and shooting guard.
“His basketball I.Q. is very high, and he never gets rattled no matter what the situation,” Broadneck boys basketball coach John Williams said. “He’s got ice water in his veins when it comes to shooting the basketball and wanting it at the end of games. He wanted to put us into situations to win.”
Davis credits his parents for his development in basketball.
His father, Emmett, has served as an assistant mens basketball coach at Navy for 16 years and his mother, Gail, was an assistant coach at Georgetown and LaSalle.
She now runs the Broadneck girls basketball program.
“They helped me a lot,” Shane said. “I was better than a lot of the kids when I was first starting out because they helped me so much. I gained an edge.”