About Our Camp Founder Da'Norris Searcy
Da'Norris Searcy was born at Grady Hospital on November 16, 1988. At age 4, he already had dreams of the NFL. The first thing to know about our camp founder in Atlanta, GA, is that the NFL was his Plan A of making it and nothing else! Da’Norris started playing at a young age, having loved watching Monday night football. He didn’t know how much money could be made, but he did know the game would be the start to what he would call, “a career planned well.” His collegiate career, professional experience, and Da’Norris Searcy’s Youth Football Camp would be just that.
His dreams and hard work paid off during his days at Towers High, where he was a two-way standout at both defensive back and running back. He recorded 71 tackles, including 21 solo stops, 8 tackles for losses, and 3 sacks as a senior. He also rushed for 1,607 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. In track and field, Searcy recorded personal-best times of 11.18 seconds in the 100m and 23.31 seconds in the 200m.
Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Searcy had quite a lot of offers from top BCS schools, including Florida, Virginia Tech, LSU, and Ole Miss. Nonetheless, divisional 1 colleges and universities made sure they kept an eye on Searcy. However, he ultimately decided to attend North Carolina and play for the Tar Heels.
In 2007, Searcy graduated from Towers and began his journey to The UNC-CH. He was one of 11 true freshmen to see action. He played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams. In 2008, he played primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety. He played in all 13 games and finished the season with 25 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 pass breakups. In 2009, he moved into the starting safety spot and also served as Carolina's starting punt returner. He finished the season with 35 tackles and had one interception, 3 pass breakups, and returned 7 kickoffs for an average of 23.1 yards. As a senior in 2010, he started 9 of 10 games and recorded 37 tackles, including 2 for losses, and team-high 4 interceptions. From here, Searcy proceeded to gain many looks from pro-scouts for performance in the game he loves dearly.
With hard work, there is great effort to show—and it did as Da’Norris made more highly recognized accomplishments, being invited to the 2011 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Later, in 2011, Searcy also got invited to the 2011 NFL combine in Indianapolis, where he was top performer for his DB class in benching 225lbs 27 times. This really sparked another side for scouts to see Searcy as a prospective member of the NFL. With the 2011 draft open, the Buffalo Bills selected Da’Norris Searcy from North Carolina (4th round 100th pick overall).
Searcy went on to dominate at high expectations, having his best year in 2013-2014 when he recorded 84 tackles, 4 sacks, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and an interception for a touchdown. In 2014, he recorded 71 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, and 3 interceptions.
His 4-year contract was about to expire. While still having age and skills on his side, Searcy could be in possible talks to continue football elsewhere on another team—and that’s exactly what happened. Searcy now was about to sign a new contract to be back in the south and out of the nipping cold to the Tennessee Titans, formally known as the Houston Oilers.
Unfortunately, the salary cap(s) was a vital reason why Searcy was released, only to have more blessings fall right back into his lap when he signed yet another contract with another playoff contender and went back home to where it all started, with the Carolina Panthers in 2018.
Searcy was excited at the prospect of going back to Carolina knowing that more greatness was destined even beyond the years he’d already had. With so much success, Da'Norris wants to continue to play as long as his God says the same, his body allows him, and he has the support of his family and friends.
THIS IS HIM, THIS IS ME, THIS IS "21"