By Tommy Keeler Jr.
STRASBURG -- Trenton Davis couldn't stop smiling on Friday.
Even hours after he had officially signed his letter of intent to play football at U.Va.-Wise, Davis was still beaming with joy about his decision.
"I went down there and just fell in love with the place," Davis said with a smile on Friday afternoon. "It just reminds me a lot of Strasburg. It's real nice down there."
Davis officially signed early Friday morning, and the school held a ceremony for him at the school at 8 a.m.
Davis said he looked at several schools, but it came down to U.Va.-Wise and Glenville State.
"Glenville State, they were really nice and they showed a lot of interest in me," Davis said. "Wise -- I fell in love with it, and I stuck there."
Davis said he was a little anxious because he didn't receive his acceptance letter from U.Va.-Wise until Thursday, and it was then that he knew he would definitely be going there.
"I was kind of on edge there for a while, but once I got that it was weight lifted off my shoulders -- it's nice," Davis said.
The 6-foot-1, 280-pound Davis will play on the defensive line. The Cavaliers went 2-9 last year, and play in the competitive Mountain East with teams such as Shepherd University and Glenville State.
Davis won't be the only local player in the squad, as Skyline graduates Dayvon Haight, Zack Blair and Chris Grady all play for the Cavaliers. Davis said Blair was one of his tour guides when he visited the campus.
Davis was second on the team with 76 tackles, and had four sacks this season for the Rams.
"I think he'll be able to play at the next level," Strasburg coach Mark Roller said. "I think he'll be able to hold his own. And certainly when he gets there, they'll be able to put some more muscle on him. And he's going to be primarily focused on football, so when you get to the college level, and you're focused on one sport, that's the time to be a one-sport person."
Roller said Davis sets a good example for the younger players coming up in Strasburg's program.
"It shows them the commitment to the weight room and what hard work does for you," Roller said. "Most people don't know but Trenton has asthma, and so some limitations there, but he works through that even in the two-a-days in the summer. I try to get him to stop and he won't stop. That's just the kind of person he is. He's such a hard worker. I think for the younger kids to see that there is potential to play at the next level, it gives them something to work for."
Davis said he's excited and ready to play for the Cavaliers next season, and happy that he gets to keep playing the sport he loves.
"I'm just thrilled to be playing at the next level," Davis said. "Blessed to have this opportunity. It's been my dream since I was little to play college football. I'm just so happy."
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