PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech senior Andrew Davis signed a letter of intent Monday to play soccer next fall at Manhattan Christian College.
Davis is a center back for the Eagles. He’s excited about the opportunity to join the Thunder, who were selected for the NCCAA Division II national tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., in the fall.
“This has been a great opportunity. I’m really excited to go and have a chance to prove myself, that I can play at a higher level than most people,” Davis said. “It’s always been my dream to play at a higher level, in college soccer, and to further my relationship with Christ while doing that, it’s just amazing.”
GCT coach Josh Dowler said Davis’ leadership will be a key for the Eagles as he leads their defense in the spring.
“When he was younger he played a little more on the offensive side of the ball. Now he anchors our defense,” Dowler said. “We’ve had pretty strong senior leadership anchoring our defense and he’s going to be one who is the guy who shows up every day, the guy who says, ‘Hey, you need to be here, you need to be there.’ These younger guys look up to him and he’s been that way since he was a freshman and sophomore. He’s a guy people look up to. He’s just a good kid.”
Davis said he felt at home when he visited the Manhattan (Kan.) Christian campus in early October. He expects to play a similar role as a center back with the Thunder.
“On the defensive side of the ball, he could find a spot anywhere,” Dowler said. “If you’re a defensive guy in any sport, you’re always going to find a job or a spot somewhere. I think that’s what they’re getting in him, leadership and being a good player on the defensive side of the ball.”
GCT opens the season against Wynne in early March. The Eagles played five games last year before the season was stopped before the coronavirus pandemic, and they were 11-7 when Davis was a sophomore in 2019.