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Lynx Erritt, Davis and Parks to play college football

Davis headed to Wayne State, Erritt to Upper Iowa and Parks to Iowa Central

March 1, 2012
By Troy Banning - Sports Editor (sports@freemanjournal.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

WEBSTER CITY - Jonny Davis, Nick Erritt and Keagan Parks haven't gotten football out of their systems.

Coming off arguably the most successful season for Webster City in two decades in which they were the leaders, the three seniors - they were all unanimous first-team all-district selections in Class 3A District 3 - have decided to put their talents to use at the next level as they recently signed letters of intent to play college football.

Davis will head off to Division II Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., next fall. Erritt will travel to the northeast part of the state to Upper Iowa University - also a Division II program - in Fayette, and Parks will stay close to home and compete at Iowa Central Community College.

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Webster City seniors (left to right) Nick Erritt, Jonny Davis and Keagan Parks all recently signed letters of intent to play college football next season. Erritt will play at Division II Upper Iowa University, Davis will head to Wayne State College, also a Division II program, and Parks will play at Iowa Central Community College.

"I'm happy for all three of those guys," Webster City head football coach Bob Howard said.

A three-year starter and a two-time all-state performer on the offensive line, the 6-foot, 255-pound Erritt was recruited as a defensive lineman. He'll join former Lynx player Josh Evans at Upper Iowa; Evans is a redshirt sophomore on the offensive line for the Peacocks.

"I was really happy for Nick because a lot of (schools) didn't recruit him and it's based on stinkin' height," Howard said. "He's one of the five or six best offensive linemen that I've coached and that's saying something, but I think he'll be a very good defensive lineman too. He's fast, he's got the smarts and he's strong."

Erritt played on both sides of the ball for Webster City in 2011. He was the standout offensive tackle for a Lynx unit that led Class 3A in scoring average (46.55 points per game), rushing yards (4,250), rushing touchdowns (56) and yards per carry (8.9).

At defensive tackle, Erritt accumulated 51 tackles, including 18 solo stops.

Davis, a spinback in the Lynx single-wing scheme and a free safety on defense, was recruited to play in the secondary for a Wayne State program that was 7-4 in 2011.

"We really didn't know what Jonny was going to do because he'd been offered to play basketball at a couple places," Howard said. "Wayne State kind of came out of nowhere for football, and I think he has a tremendous upside in football."

Davis, who is also a multiple-time unanimous first-team all-North Central Conference basketball player, became the first Lynx football player to ever rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season in 2011. He churned out 1,182 yards on the ground and threw for 1,004 yards.

In the secondary, Davis had three interceptions and 45 tackles, 23 of which were solo stops.

Erritt and Davis will get the chance to face one another on the field for their respective schools. Wayne State knocked off Upper Iowa, 44-41, last fall.

Parks, a consensus first-team all-state running back last fall, will leave Webster City as the school's all-time rushing leader with 3,409 yards - a total that he cranked out in two years as a starter. He was second in 3A this past season in ground yards (1,965) and touchdowns (27).

Known for his speed and power, Parks has the ability to play at the highest of collegiate levels, Howard says.

"Iowa Central will be good for (Parks) to decide if he wants to play college football because it will be competitive to get playing time," Howard said. "I've probably coached five (Division I) athletes, and Keagan Parks is a DI athlete. He's just scratched the surface of his athletic ability."

 
 

 

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