WALLINGFORD — It wasn’t an easy road for Jordan Davis.
The Sheehan senior had to overcome a serious leg injury suffered in a car accident nearly two years ago to become one of the best all-around athletes in the state, both in football and track.
On Thursday, he verbally committed to Southern Connecticut State University to continue playing both sports at the next level.
Since the 2018 accident, when Davis broke his femur and the condyles in his knee, Davis has torn up the competition in football and track. In the spring of his junior year became the first All-American track athlete in school history and, this past fall, he had a big hand in the Titans winning their first state football title since 1985.
“He overcame those injuries and had a strong senior season and proved to be one of the top players in the state,” Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said. “Nobody thought he would have played as a junior, who know what percentage his health was.
“But he started to come into his own. Looking at his film from his senior year, you wouldn’t know he had an injury. It’s a testament to him and I think he’s a great story. Southern is getting a special player.”
Davis broke the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s been a long process, but I am proud to announce that I will be committing to SCSU to play football and track!” Davis tweeted. “I would like to thank my family, (Sheehan football coach) John Ferrazzi and the whole Southern staff for believing in me.
“Can’t wait to see what the future holds!”
Here’s what Davis did in the recent past. With 2,131 all-purpose yards as a wide receiver, running back and return man, the senior was a two-way threat in Sheehan’s 11-2 drive to the 2019 Class S state title.
Davis was one of the top players in the state. He was among the Top 26 vote-getters in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s All-State balloting. He was also a First Team selection on the Walter Camp Foundation’s All-Connecticut Team.
Davis is versatile and has played almost every position for the Titans, save on the offensive or defensive lines.
This spring, Davis will look to defend his state javelin titles. He was Class M and State Open champion last year as a junior in his first year throwing javelin.
Davis set a slew of records on the road to All-American status. He broke SCC East Sectional (193-0) and SCC Championship (208-1) javelin records in winning those meets, with the Sheehan record falling in the process as well.
Davis went on to win Class M at 191-9 and the State Open at 203-1. He threw for 189-8 in placing second in New England and 207-6 in placing third at Nationals.
“Southern is a good fit,” Sheehan track coach Charles Farley said. “They have an excellent throwing program and their throwing coach is one of the best in the country. They have produced a lot of All-Americans and can take Jordan to another level.”
Farley said he’s expecting more big things from Davis this spring, but the most important goal is to keep him healthy.
“We don’t want to get him hurt,” Farley said. “He’s so strong and explosive, you have to be careful. He doesn’t have to throw it as hard as he can on every throw. We want to work on his form and get him smoother in what he is doing. But going as far as he did nationally, there are no big jumps now. It’s going to be little by little.”
Farley said Davis is a rare athletic talent and is also a good student.
Ferrazzi said that Southern had been interested in Davis for a while.
“He went on his official visit on Friday and he loved it. Southern has been showing love for Jordan for a while,” Ferrazzi said. “He had a lot of interest in the spring.
“The roadblock was the injury from the car accident. We projected him to go a little higher on the FCS level, but those offers didn’t come. Schools like Southern have been there all along and a lot of the NE-10 schools. But he’s excited about Southern and the opportunity to play both sports. They are getting a great one. He’s going to be a very dangerous player in that league and for that program.”
In committing to SCSU, Davis follows his older brother, Zach, on the path to college athletics. Zach Davis, a record-setting running back with Sheehan, is now playing football for Fordham University.