- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Kelvin Davis Jr. has had a goal to play baseball on a high level and he’s getting that opportunity.
Davis will continue his education and baseball career at Virginia State University. The Comets baseball standout recently signed a Letter Of Intent with the school to play baseball.
“I’m real excited,” said Davis, who is set to report to school Sunday.
“It’s a big opportunity to go to the next level and play the sport you love to play. I’m very thankful for this opportunity because some people
don’t get a chance to go to college money-wise or because of other circumstances. I’m just thankful to get the chance to continue my education and be able to play baseball at the same time.”
Davis was one of the key players for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team the past two seasons. In his junior season, the Comets’ second baseman led the team in batting average with a .458 average. He also had 18 RBIs that season.
Last season, when the Comets made their way all the way to the Group AAA state quarterfinals, Davis batted .313 and again had 18 RBIs.
Davis says he is ready to move up to the next level.
“I’m pretty prepared,” he remarked.
“It’s not a really big step, but it is something that you’ve got to get used to.”
When asked about the biggest adjustment he feels he will face when he starts workouts on Sept. 5, Davis speculated it would be the speed.
“I think the speed is one thing,” he said.
“It (college baseball) might be a little faster, but I think that will be easy to adjust to. The big thing really is to just keep working hard.”
The former Comets standout said growing up and going throw the various stages of baseball he had no idea that his baseball career would be as outstanding as it has been.
“I think the way I worked made it possible,” he noted.
“It wasn’t easy. It was pretty hard, but I think I did pretty well.”
Davis’ father, Halifax County High School Head Coach Kelvin Davis, says he and his family are excited about this opportunity for his son.
“As far as the family is concerned, we’re very excited he is going to get this opportunity,” Davis said.
“I’m thankful to God for giving us the opportunity to get this experience. It’s been a goal for us to get him into college. We’re very fortunate that he can go to college and get a good education plus play the game he loves.”
Davis said the advice he gave his son was much the same advice he has given him all along.
“I told him earlier that one of the things he has to do is do what he is supposed to do and don’t worry about anything else,” he pointed out.
“I told him he needs to go out there each game and produce, practice and get better and things will fall into place. We saw the blessings come from that.”
The younger Davis said he hopes to continue his baseball career beyond the college level. As far as a career after baseball is concerned, he has set a lofty goal.
He plans to major in Management Information Systems with a concentration in public health.
“I hope to be able to play baseball,” Davis said.
“After that, I want to join the Public Health Commission branch of the Peace Corps.”
When asked what drew his attention to that kind of career, he replied, “the fact that I’m helping people. My aunt is big in the Peace Corps. I want to follow her. I like the travel and that type of thing. The big thing is I can help people.”