Four years ago, Camden Davis had never even played organized soccer. On Tuesday, the soon-to-be Cannon County High School graduate signed with Cumberland University to continue both his soccer playing career and his education.
(PHOTO: Cannon County’s Camden Davis (center) discusses his decision to sign with Cumberland University in Lebanon to continue his soccer playing career and education. He is seated with CCHS Soccer coach Ken Lockhart (left) and CCHS Athletic Director Matt Cagle (right))
CCHS hosted a press conference for the talented goalkeeper as he inked scholarship papers with the Lebanon school, who added Davis’ classmates, Garrett Alexander and Jacob Raines to their baseball program, back in February.
“In the previous year, they (Cumberland) went to the semifinal of the NAIA Championship. I’ve followed them since my sophomore year,” Davis said, when asked what made Cumberland stand out during the recruiting process. “They’re close to home, and I want to stay close to home. They’re an amazing college all around.”
Watch the full press conference here:
Davis said the program will put him on a regimen that will start his day at 5:30 a.m., with other sessions to follow. “They plan to put me on the reserves team (to start out), because I have to start somewhere, then I’m going to reach all the way to the top.”
Davis likely didn’t have a soccer scholarship in mind when he enrolled at CCHS four years ago, but with a tireless work ethic and an ever-developing love for the game, he soon became both a standout and a leader of his squad.
“My freshman year, I probably only played only about 40-50 minutes the whole season,” Davis chronicled of his time with the CCHS program. “Sophomore year, I was competing for a starting position. My junior year, I was starting goalkeeper and played the whole year. I never one sit a game out and never went out for anything. And my senior year, I was a captain and did the best I could during those games.”
“Cam plays with a heart bigger than he is,” said CCHS Soccer coach, Ken Lockhart of Davis. “His efforts – even during my coaching career – are unmatched. He always has encouraging words from his teammates. He’s encouraged me from time-to-time, and I appreciate everything he’s done. I’m excited for him, his family and the school he’s attending. They are going to get to experience Cam the way like we did. He will not go unexperienced. You’re going to see him, you’re going to hear him.”
“Today is another good day for Cannon County High School, for Camden, for boys’ soccer, and I couldn’t be more excited,” CCHS Athletic Director Matt Cagle said. “I couldn’t be more excited for Camden in how he’s matured, how much of a player he has become, and how much work and dedication he has put in. I couldn’t be more proud of him and to see how his hard work has finally paid off.”
Cumberland’s mens’ soccer program posted a 10-5-4 record during the 2018 fall season. The Phoenix sported a 10-match unbeaten streak during the regular season, and fell just shy of capturing the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship with a 2-1 loss to Lindsey Wilson, who was ranked #7 at the time in the NAIA. The Phoenix head coach is Austin Grant, who will be entering his third season with the program this fall.
Davis becomes the second Cannon County soccer player in program history to continue his career on the collegiate level. The CCHS Soccer program began competitive play back in 2008.