Now, the talented soccer player has only just started to prove himself at a higher level.
The former Rome High star recently finished his first season with South Carolina, and, despite the big changes from high school to college, made a big impact for the Gamecocks.
Not that anyone thought he wouldn’t. Davidson enjoyed success throughout his prep career. He was a four-time member of the RN-T All-Area team, including once as Player of the Year, and once as Co-Player of the Year
“He had a really good year,” said Rome High soccer coach Chris Cochran. “He made good contributions this year. We’re really proud of him.”
Davidson and Cochran both acknowledged the difficulty of playing college soccer, but Cochran thinks Davidson will find success.
“As far as South Carolina — I feel like, maturity wise, he’s ready. He has a good work ethic. I’ve talked to him a couple of times. He’s enjoying college life. Campus life, of course, is a lot tougher. His parents are pleased and we at Rome High are very proud of him.”
Davidson said the experience of college has been challenging, but satisfying
“It’s been a big learning experience,” said Davidson. “It’s a lot different. It’s a lot more physical and a lot more active. It’s takes up a lot of my time. My whole life is pretty much soccer and school, which is what I love. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to improving for next season.”
Davidson helped lead the Gamecocks to an appearance in the Conference USA tournament, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks lost on penalty kicks to Wake Forest.
A highlight of the season for Davidson came in a match against N.C. State in October, when he scored both goals for the Gamecocks in a 2-0 shutout. The goals were also his first as a Gamecock.
Davidson ended his career with the Wolves with an outstanding senior season that earned him Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year honors. He scored 28 goals and had 12 assists against tough competition. He was the first Rome High boys soccer player to have his jersey retired.