There’s been a running joke with Jamire Davis and his father ever since an Army football visit last weekend.
Everyone greeted Pat Langston, his father and a Navy veteran, with “Beat Navy” during the visit.
“He’ll have to get used to it even thought he bleeds (Navy) blue,” said Davis, a safety from St. Joseph’s Academy in Kenosha, Wisc.
Davis called Army coach Jeff Monken around noon Thursday with his verbal commitment to the Black Knights. He is the second Wisconsin commit of Army’s 2024 class joining Wausau West tight end Bryce Jaworski.
“I told him (Monken) that I was ready,” Davis said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m a part of the brotherhood and the bright future I have ahead of me. It’s the first step to something big.”
Competing at a Division I level athletically and pursuing “a great education and a degree” have always been among Davis’ goals. His family’s military background goes beyond his father. His grandfather is also a Navy veteran and his brother is serving in the Air Force and is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
“Growing up in a military family/household makes choosing going to an academy easy,” Davis said. “It’s nothing new. The awesome coaching staff and the opportunities that West Point offers are unbeatable.”
Davis believes his skill set will fit well in Army’s secondary and defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s scheme. He allowed just two receptions in 12 games as a cornerback as a junior.
“At 6-foot-1, I have the range and speed to cover the field,” Davis said. “I have the size and physicality to come up on the run and make tackles. I have the vision and ball skills to make plays on the ball as well. I can be a lethal three-level threat playing safety at the college level.”
Army is gaining a versatile athlete in Davis. He holds St. Joseph’s 300-meter record with a time of 41.03 seconds and is a two-time all-state runner. He also was a guard on St. Joseph’s state finalist basketball team his junior year.
“Going to West Point for the next four years, there is no doubt I will develop into a great man and football player,” Davis said.