Athlete of the month: Davion Bluitt

Ryan Chae, Sports Editor

From straight outta Compton to running back at Diamond Bar High School, senior Davion Bluitt has been able to handle change and take it in stride. Entering his third year on the varsity football team, Bluitt has become a leading presence for the Brahmas.

In his senior year, Bluitt has now become the team’s primary offensive weapon as the no.1 RB, racking up 84 carries, 380 rushing yards, and four touchdowns. He has also proven to be a versatile back as he also has a caught  255 yards and two touchdowns.

“I try to lead by example and do what I have to do to get the victories on Friday nights,” Bluitt said.

For the first 12 years of his life, Bluitt lived in Compton and Rancho Cucamonga, where Rancho, he began playing football for the local Pop Warner team in the sixth grade.

At 13, Bluitt moved to Diamond Bar and attended South Pointe Middle School for the eighth grade.

During this time, Bluitt only played football through the school’s flag football team, and he also played basketball for the school and for the club team AAYB.

It wouldn’t be until his freshman year at Diamond Bar High school that he truly discovered his love for football. He played a year in frosh before being promoted in his sophomore year to starting cornerback for the varsity team.

Bluitt wouldn’t see any offensive action until his junior year when he began backing up recent graduate DiMaggio Rico as a running back. As the second RB, Bluitt only received 46 carries, rushing for 136 yards. However, he still had to cover duties as a starting cornerback, forcing him to play on both sides of the ball.

Although Bluitt has been the leading offensive option, he credits multiple teammates for inspiring him to keep pushing his limits.

“[Junior Shane Wells] works hard everyday, day in and day out. Doesn’t complain. Grant Mestas also motivates me, he’s underrated,” Bluitt noted.

Wells, the leader in receiving yards and touchdown, also see Bluitt as a motivator and someone that he can rely on to help improve.

“We battle each other in practice everyday. He gets me better and I get him better. We encourage each other and sometimes have some competitions with each other to see who can get the most touchdowns,” Wells said.

With just four games left in his high school career, Bluitt continues to show his passion for football.

“The love for the game I had and wanting to make a brighter future for me led me to keep playing because football could be a ticket for a college,” Bluitt said.