WARRENTON - Dave Joesbury is a gentle giant. Standing 6-6 and weighing 190 lbs., he continues to grow. Seemingly upward, that is.
And as the prep football season gets underway in Georgia this week, the 17-year-old Joesbury, already has caught the attention of a number of major college football teams.
The Briarwood Academy senior is the most sought after football player there since Chris Mohr played quarterback and punted at the small private school located in Warren County.
Mohr went on to become the starting punter at the University of Alabama and later played with the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons before his retirement from the NFL.
His oldest son, Garrett Mohr, now a freshman, is the backup quarterback and punter at Briarwood Academy.
Joesbury, son of David and Jeanie Joesbury of Thomson, is being recruited by the following schools to play college football: Duke, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Auburn, LSU, University of Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss. and Mississippi State. In addition, a number of smaller football schools also are interested in him and continuously send him letters. Three of the major ones, Duke, Louisville and Georgia Tech, send him letters almost daily.
"I'm really trying not to think about it so much," said Joesbury, a five-sport athlete at Briarwood with A-B grades to go with the package. "I just want to concentrate on having the best season of my career at Briarwood."
Joesbury, who has grown a full inch since basketball season, plays wide receiver and defensive back for the Buccaneers, who begin their season tonight (Thursday) at Briarwood. The Bucs are playing host to Edmund Burke Academy at 7:30 p.m.
"I think we're going to have a most improved season over last season," Joesbury predicted during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror on Monday. "I know I want to have the best season I've ever had, because this is my senior season."
Joesbury has set some personal goals for himself this season.
"I want to score at least 10 touchdowns and catch the ball for more than 1,000 yards this season," said Joesbury. "Those are my personal goals."
Last season, Joesbury scored eight touchdowns and recorded just slightly more than 500-yards in receptions. During his sophomore year, he recorded seven touchdowns with just over 800-yards in receptions.
Joesbury is a player who is determined to become better with each passing game.
"I want to give it everything I've got this season," said Joesbury. "I want to improve from one game to the next."
Ever since his starting season as a sophomore, Joesbury has been double-covered by defensive opponents.
But he doesn't mind. In fact, it's just the opposite.
"I think it makes me a better receiver," said Joesbury, who runs the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.7 seconds.
Aside from his love of football, the lanky athlete also loves playing basketball, golf, tennis and participating in various track events.
Joesbury is equally good at each of those sports, too.
In golf, he's the No.1 player on the team. In tennis, he's the school's No. 1 boys' singles player. In basketball, meanwhile, he's the best small forward on the team. He's a track star, too.
In track, Joesbury placed first in three different events - high jump, triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles - during the region competition. He also placed fourth in the state for his efforts in the 4 x 100 meter relays.
"I feel really good about this football season," said Joesbury. "I feel really good about the people we have playing on the field - my teammates."
He believes the Bucs have a chance of making it into the state playoffs and possibly having a shot at a state title - which would be the third one in school history.
"We can win the state championship, if we stop making the kinds of mistakes we've made in the past that change the momentum of the game," Joesbury added. "We just have to believe in ourselves."