College sports is littered with talented student-athletes that gave up one sport to pursue another.

Almost none of those athletes give up college football to focus on soccer. Especially when they have a scholarship offer from Alabama in-hand. But that's exactly what Drake Davis has done. The four-star prospect is taking his 6-foot-4 frame off the gridiron so he can devote himself fully to the soccer pitch.


In doing so, Davis is turning his back to scholarship offers from some of the nation's best college football programs. Beyond Alabama, Davis also has offers from Miami, LSU, and defending national champion Florida State.

According to 247Sports, which first broke the story, Davis' decision has been confirmed by his high school football coach, who was amicable enough to support whatever decision Davis made.

Even so, the decision to eschew college football to play soccer is not a common decision, for many reasons. Beyond the popularity of college football, many high schoolers see the potential to build a professional career in the NFL. While that's a pipe dream for most, Davis certainly has the profile of someone who could become a college star and find his way into the professional game.

Soccer, meanwhile, is a tougher nut to crack because of the greater global competition. The roster of Division I soccer players that carve out a lucrative professional career is considerably smaller than the number of college football players bringing home NFL-sized paychecks.

Without reading into one athlete's decision too much, increasing concussion concerns have made their mark on football participation. PeewWee football enrollment is down, and anyone following football media understands the consequences that football can have -- and is already having -- on its participants.

Meanwhile, soccer is enjoying a surge in U.S. popularity after a fantastic World Cup and record-setting TV ratings. Davis hasn't revealed the reasons behind his soccer decision, but it's not too much of a stretch to wonder if soccer's higher profile is having an impact on young athletes.

Davis is only a junior in high school (Rivals rated him fourth in the nation among receivers in the class of 2016) so there's plenty of time for him to change his future plans. But the fact that he's even considering such a swap is notable in today's sports landscape.

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