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story.lead_photo.caption North Little Rock linebacker Davian Vayson (28) sacks Fayetteville quarterback Owen McCone (7) during the second quarter of North Little Rock's win on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at North Little Rock High School. ( Thomas Metthe)

The 2022 in-state crop for football is very impressive and North Little Rock junior linebacker-safety Davian Vayson is another prospect college coaches should know.

“He’s just a real instinctual football player,” North Little Rock coach J.R. Eldridge said. “Very coachable kid. He’s a natural tackler and then just being able to find the ball and create turnovers.”

“If they’re going to his side I feel good about it because he’s going to go make a play.”

Vayson, 6-1, 195 pounds, has recorded 64 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries,, 4 forced fumbles, a pass break up and 4 interceptions, including 2 returned for scores.

“He’s real physical violent football player,” Eldridge said. “Whether it’s in the opponents hands or in the air. It’s really instinctual for him being able to get the ball. He’s been involved with so many turnovers whether it’s Pick-6, he had a strip TD. He’s got really, really good speed.”

The Charging Wildcats improved to 9-1 after defeating Fort Smith Southside 38-0 on Friday. Vayson and North Little Rock will face Little Rock Catholic this week.

Vayson, who didn't play football as a sophomore, hasn’t received college interest in this covid-19 season.

“This year has been really crazy recruiting wise,” Eldridge said. “It seems like even Division I … I don’t know it’s seems like they’re later on everybody. I could be wrong about that but to me Davian’s upside I mean he didn't play last year. His upside is just phenomenal as far as not having an offseason with him yet. I think he’s going to gain a lot of muscle mass and continue to get faster.”

He’s also an excellent student and leader of the team.

“He’s one of those guys no nonsense,” Eldridge said. “When he’s out there he practices hard. Good leader for us defensively. We have a really good senior at defensive back that’s a great leader for us but Davian is another great leader for us on defense. Just the way he practices. He’s got a great work ethic.”


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