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Former South Kitsap standout Davis switches to Central Washington

Isaiah Davis, a 2010 South Kitsap graduate, plans to play football this fall at Central Washington University. - File photo
Isaiah Davis, a 2010 South Kitsap graduate, plans to play football this fall at Central Washington University.
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witching his college destination before he ever plays game.

The 2011 South graduate said he is enrolling at Central Washington University.

Davis signed last year with Eastern Washington, but said the NCAA would not accept a math class from his freshman year at Marcus Whitman Junior High and rendered him ineligible. He said that will not be an issue at CWU because the NCAA has different academic requirements for Division II programs.

After starring at wide receiver — Davis caught 22 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns in 2010 — and cornerback for the Wolves, he said he will play the latter position in college. Davis said he is not sure why coaches at both EWU and CWU prefer him at that position, but added that he is more comfortable at cornerback, anyway.

“I kind of made my mark at cornerback,” said Davis, who intercepted four passes and had 42 tackles as a senior. “If they throw it my way, I will catch it.”

Davis frequently visited CWU during the last year as his girlfriend, Karinne Nelson, and 2010 South graduate Leon LaDeaux both attend the university. LaDeaux, who will be a redshirt freshman this fall, advised Davis to speak with CWU coaches about joining the program. Davis, who will be a walk-on at CWU, said he plans to move in with LaDeaux.

He spent the last year working at a warehouse in Woodinville and then at the Wal-Mart in Port Orchard as he sought to gain eligibility.

“I’m really looking forward to putting the pads back on,” Davis said.

• Former South quarterback Gordy Anderson, who guided the Wolves to a 10-1 record and state-playoff appearance in 2009, is retiring from football.

After graduating from high school, Anderson walked on to the football team at Washington State. He redshirted in 2010 and then bulked up last year as he transitioned from quarterback to tight end.

But Anderson, who is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, said he tweaked his back weight lifting during the offseason. He later aggravated the injury running sprints. At that point, Anderson underwent magnetic resonance imaging that revealed he had two bulging discs, including “one that is pushing on a nerve going down my leg.” Doctors advised Anderson, who would have been a redshirt sophomore this fall, to retire.

“It was tough,” Anderson said. “But things happen for a reason.”

He plans to stay at WSU to pursue a degree in sports management and asked inside receivers coach Eric Morris to continue with the program as a student assistant. Anderson said he wants to learn from new coach Mike Leach, who compiled an 84-43 record in 10 seasons at Texas Tech, and his “Air Raid” offense as he prepares for a future in coaching high school or college football.

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