POPLARVILLE, Miss. — New Pearl River football coach Seth Smith has added two more coaches to his staff — one he’s extremely familiar with and one who’s very familiar with the Wildcat program.
Smith announced Tuesday the addition of A.J. Davis and Walker Mosby to the program. Davis will assist offensive coordinator Michael King with the running backs group. Mosby will assist Smith with the receivers.
Smith and Davis reunite after a successful run together at East Central High School. Davis made an impact on both sides of the ball before really breaking out as a senior in 2015 when he rushed for 2,893 yards and 25 touchdowns. The campaign earned him All-State recognition as well as numerous other honors, including being named the Region 8-4A Offensive MVP and landing a spot on the Sun Herald’s prestigious All-South Mississippi team.
“He was one of the toughest kids I ever coached,” Smith said. “His mentality and mindset, bringing that to the program is huge. He understands the kind of culture we have. He’s one of our own, so to speak.
“He’ll know exactly how we want to coach the kids and what kind of energy we want from the coaches because he’s seen it and lived it.”
Davis signed with East Central Community College, where he played for two years before moving on to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. While with the Yellowjackets, Davis got his first coaching experience as the assistant running backs coach. Davis was also the equipment manager.
“We used to say he’d be an awesome football coach. He’s just that kind of guy,” Smith said. “He’s a football guy. Loved it. Always bouncing around. When you thought about A.J., you thought about football.”
After a semester on the sidelines at GU, Davis is back in South Mississippi as part of Smith’s first staff at PRCC.
“About a year ago he came and saw me in Hurley and said he was thinking about being a trooper,” Smith said. “I told him he could be great at that but in my opinion he could be an even better coach — and here we are a year later.”
Mosby will join Ta’Ron Sims as the lone carryovers from the previous PRCC coaching staff.
Mosby spent last year coaching the running backs and will assist Smith with the receivers group in 2020.
“He’s a tremendous worker. There hasn’t been a task yet that we have asked him to do that he hasn’t done immediately,” Smith said. “He has had a great attitude and is a great worker. He has content knowledge at several different positions from working at other places. To me, he’s a resource for us and kind of our Swiss Army knife.
“He’s a guy who can help with receivers, help with backs.”
Prior to joining the PRCC program ahead of the 2019 campaign, Mosby coached defensive backs and special teams at Louisburg College. His position group at LC was one of the best in the country, pulling in 19 interceptions.
Prior to coaching at Louisburg College, Mosby was the assistant defensive backs and special teams coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mosby was also a student assistant at MGCCC and Mississippi State.
“Even though he’s a young guy he offers experience to us that’s valuable,” Smith said.
Mosby graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s in history.