In what could be considered a small victory for “futbol” over “football,” a highly-touted, dual-sport high school athlete has opted to play soccer this season over football.
Drake Davis of Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) is a four-star wide receiver prospect and ranked No. 27 in the college football class of 2016 by Rivals, but the junior has informed his coaches he’s playing the “Beautiful Game” instead. Davis is also a Division 1 soccer prospect, and at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, quite a massive one.
It remains to be seen if Davis will stick with soccer for his senior year as well (he could always change his mind again). But in any case, if more of America’s brightest young athletes follow Davis’ lead, it can only mean good things for Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team!
There is one other prominent name that comes to mind who once chose soccer over another of America’s most popular sports: goalkeeper Tim Howard turned his back on multiple basketball scholarship offers to etch out his career between the pipes. We’d like to think that decision turned out pretty well!
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