Jamin Davis fame has just taken a new turn (for good) after the Hawaiian-born linebacker was drafted by Washington Football in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He is also known for playing college football with the Kentucky Wildcats of the NCAA.
Davis was born on December 12, 1998, in Honolulu, Hawaii to US Army parents. After his family moved to Hinesville, Georgia, Davis attended Long County High School in Ludowici, a city in Long County, Georgia.
James Davis Amateur Career
While studying at the Long County High School, Davis played as the linebacker and wide receiver for their football team. As a senior, he recorded 126 tackles while also reaching 11 times for 50 yards and catching three touchdowns.
In 2017, he got enrolled at the University of Kentucky and began playing for their football team, the Kentucky Wildcats. To lengthen his period of eligibility, he was redshirted as a freshman and was allowed to play mostly on special games in 2018. That year, he recorded an interception as a reserve player. In 2019, while still the player for the Wildcats, Davis registered 32 tackles and was named the starter for the 2020 season.
In his third season as a collegiate player, he scored 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a slip recovery, and three thwarts, one of which he returned 85 yards for a touchdown.
On April 30, the Washington Football team selected Jamin Davis after he impressed the NFL team at his pro day by running the 40-yard dash in unofficial times of 4.37 seconds and 4.41 seconds, recorded a 42-inch vertical jump, and had an 11-foot broad jump.
He is mostly praised for his taking an angle on his drop, instinctive cover skills, the ability to retreat and roll back inside underneath to make the interception. Many analysts have ranked Davis as one of the best linebackers among other promising prospects like Micah Parsons (no 12 to the Dallas Cowboys), Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Zaven Collins (no 16 to the Arizona Cardinals).
How Much Is Jamin Davis' Net Worth In 2021? Contracts & Salary
Davis' first-round pick is going to have a drastic boost on his paydays. Thanks to the NFL's rookie wage scale, the player selected first overall in 2021 is projected to receive nearly $37million in his first contract, including a $24.2million signing bonus.
Spotrac predicts the former Wildcats linebacker will get a chance to cash in somewhere between $7-$8million signing bonus while making around $3million per season - the former is guaranteed, even if he is cut by Washington or otherwise becomes unable to meet the NFL standards.
In addition, he gets a 5th-year option to be with the Washington Football. That said, the now 23-year-old, should the Redskins choose to keep him till the end of his contract, will pocket a minimum of $15-$20million (excluding the bonuses) by the season 2026-27.
Is Jamin Davis Dating? Know His Girlfriend
Davis is currently dating Jelena Lailoni, a 22-year-old California native from the University of Kentucky. She was often seen cheering for her boyfriend during his Wildcats days sporting Davis' #44 strip.
The pair has been quite vocal with their relationship be it either by throwing pictures of their gateways or writing some affectionate words to each other through Instagram stories.
Ever since Lailoni pictured herself with a ring emoji, fans have been wondering if she is engaged to the young NFL star. Though the couple hasn't addressed the guesswork yet.
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