Back in the Shoals

ESPN’s Rece Davis is a household name to sports fans across the U.S. (Courtesy ESPN) 


MUSCLE SHOALS – ESPN College GameDay host, Rece Davis, is excited to be coming back to the Shoals. He will be sharing stories from his career and speaking in support of the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation.  He will also be inducted into the Muscle Shoals High School Athletics Hall of Fame. 

“It’s always great to go back home. Hopefully, this event is something that will benefit students and the educational mission at Muscle Shoals.  I was very fortunate to receive a great high school education there.  It put me in position to make a successful transition to the University of Alabama.  I’m honored that they’d ask me to come back to be a part of this night,” Davis stated.

The 1984 Muscle Shoals High School Alum joined ESPN in 1995.  He was named the host for ESPN College GameDay Built by the Home Depot, the network’s flagship college football program, in February 2015.  In addition, he is the prime host of the network’s on-site coverage for both the College Football Playoff and the NCAA Men’s Final Four.  

“Rece is one of the very best in the industry, and we are proud he has been a part of the ESPN family for over 20 years,” said ESPN’s, senior coordinating producer and GameDay producer, Lee Fitting.

Years before Davis began breaking down late-night highlights on ESPN’s SportsCenter, he was a former quarterback and shooting guard at Muscle Shoals High School.  Davis wasn’t the fastest guard or tallest player, but those who knew him say few gave more effort. Of course, no one could recap a game quite like the aspiring broadcaster. 

“Rece is hardwired to be a sports broadcaster. I clearly remember him doing play by play on the bus going to and coming from games when he played for the Trojans, so I know it is a natural talent,” stated H.L. Noah, Davis’ former basketball coach at Muscle Shoals.  “It doesn’t surprise me that Rece is an ESPN GameDay host today.”

Davis began his professional career at WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa in 1987 while still a student at the University of Alabama.  He spent five years at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia and two at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan after graduating. He joined ESPN in March of 1995 and settled down in Bristol, Connecticut.  

Davis graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1988 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadcast news and public affairs.  He was named the University of Alabama School of Communication Broadcast Department’s outstanding alumnus for 2001.

Three other alums will be inducted into the newly formed Muscle Shoals High School Athletics Hall of Fame with Davis, 1980 grad, Andy Martin (University of Alabama); 1989 grad, Derek Peters, (William and Mary Basketball); and 1991 grad, Jarius Hayes (UNA and Arizona Cardinals Football).

Tickets for the event are $100 each.  Table sponsorships are also available for $1000.  The event will be held at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center on April 13.  

Bentley Chevrolet, Bentley Cadillac and McVantage Packaging have partnered with the MSEF to bring Davis home to the Shoals.  Tickets must be purchase in advance and are available through the MSEF office at 256- 389-2698 or