Boys Varsity Football
Columbus North senior Jackson Davis announced he has committed to Butler University to continue his academic and athletic career.
Davis, a 6-2, 260-pound offensive lineman, plans to play football for the Bulldogs. Butler is an NCAA Division I non-scholarship football program that competes in the Pioneer Football League. Other schools in the PFL are Davidson, Dayton, Drake, Jacksonville, Marist, Morehead State, San Diego, Stetson and Valparaiso.
“Butler has the perfect major for me and playing football close to home was something I was looking for,” said Davis, who plans to major in business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. “Entering my senior year, I was uncertain on where I would go. But now, to find a perfect fit so close to home, I am really excited about it.”
Davis was an honorable mention all-Conference Indiana selection last fall after helping the Bull Dogs to a 5-5 season that included a second-place tie in league competition. He contributed to an offense – as both a tackle and center – that totaled 271.2 yards per game (186.5 yards rushing and 84.7 yards passing).
Columbus North coach Tim Bless is pleased for Davis, who ultimately would like to have a career in commercial real estate.
“Jackson is a prime example of scholar-athlete,” Bless said. “His combination of high-achieving academics, along with his physical upside, is exactly what a school such as Butler seeks. We can’t wait to see what Jackson achieves at the next level.”
Davis will join a Butler program that went 3-9 overall in 2019, including a 2-6 mark in the PFL. The Bulldogs are coached by Jeff Voris, who is entering his 15th season as the team’s head coach. The team shared PFL championships in 2009 and 2013. Butler won the post-season Gridiron Classic over Central Connecticut State in 2009 and qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2013.
Butler assistant coaches B.J. Coad and Joe Cheshire were Davis’ primary contacts during the recruiting process. Davis said he visited the Indianapolis campus in early March and made his commitment shortly thereafter. He said the Butler coaches told him he would begin as a tackle at the college level.
“It was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Davis said of finalizing his decision. “The coaches’ personality matched mine, and I felt the players I met were a good match, too. Then scholastically, with my major and the whole business school, it was an ideal fit.”
Davis is the third Columbus North football player and the 15th CNHS athlete in the Class of 2020 to announce plans to pursue college athletics. Davis joins Mitchel Collier (Central Michigan) and Landon Robbins (Valparaiso University) as Columbus North athletes who plan to play football at the next level.
The full list of CNHS senior athletes planning to pursue athletics follows.
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2020
Student, Sport, College Choice
* Annie Anderson, women’s golf, Rose-Hulman
* Brooke Bruin, softball, DePauw University
^ Casper Clark, baseball, Indiana University
# Mitchel Collier, football, Central Michigan
* Jackson Davis, football, Butler University
^ Caroline Hollenkamp, women’s soccer, Brandeis University (Mass.)
^ Betsy King, women’s swimming, Ball State
^ Olivia Morlok, women’s swimming, Ohio University
^ Sierra Norman, softball, Marian University
^ Lauren Opalka, volleyball, Muskingum University (Ohio)
# Landon Robbins, football, Valparaiso University
* Adrienne Salemme, women’s track & field, Samford University (Ala.)
^ Erica Samuel, women’s swimming, Indiana Wesleyan
* Nicholas Schiavello, men’s basketball, Wheaton College
^ Grant Trinkle, baseball, University of Kentucky
^ took part in ceremony on Nov. 13, 2019
# took part in ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019
* ceremony was to be in April 2020, ceremony now postponed (and likely canceled) because of COVID-19 pandemic
PHOTO: Senior lineman Jackson Davis (71) helps create a lane for teammate Royce Lofton (8) on a short touchdown run during the Bull Dogs’ game at Terre Haute North on Sept. 27, 2019. Columbus North won the game 21-3.