Bonner, Williams helping FAU signee Davis adjust to college life
In one of the stories about 2009 signee Jamal Davis'
adventures while playing for Team USA in the Junior World Championships of American Football, the future FAU wide receiver mentioned that he's spent some time during his three weeks in Canton, Ohio on the phone with current Owls Chris Bonner and Darian Williams.
Caught up with that pair earlier this week. Davis (photo, receiving congratulations after catching a touchdown pass in the gold medal game) said Bonner was offering tips for beating a certain type of coverage. Bonner got more specific.
"They were playing what we call a 'catch technique,'" Bonner said. "They sit around either seven or 12 yards deep and will sit with their feet squared and just try to knock you off path. I was just giving him tips on what to do - how to get around it and how to beat it - because he was kind of confused as to what to do."
Bonner was Davis' host during his official recruiting visit and the pair bonded. Since signing with FAU, Davis has attended spring meetings and even participated in some summer workouts.
Bonner also invites him over to just to hang out.
"I kind of took him under my wing and showed him everything he was going to be experiencing so it wouldn't catch him off guard," Bonner said. "Most of the time in the high school-to-college transition, that's the thing that's hard and you don't have someone there to tell you what to do."
Davis' relationship with Williams goes back even further. The pair played little league football together. Davis' father even coached Williams at one point.
Williams signed with FAU as a wide receiver in 2007 but has since moved to tight end. He was particularly pleased when Davis chose to play in Boca Raton.
"I've known him since we were kids, so I talk to him like he's a little brother," Williams said.FAUOwlAccess.com
congratulates Davis on his success in the tournament.