On Saturday in Orlando, the National Underclassman Five-Star Junior Showcase was held. The event was invite only, and hosted a number of top players. One of the more impressive athletes on the field was Robert Davis, a 2013 running back out of Tampa (Fla.) Carrollwood Day School. I spoke with Davis about his recruiting process.
Davis measured at 5'8 and weighed in at 160 pounds. He currently holds offers from North Texas and Florida International. One school, however, that Davis is very interested in Georgia Tech. And while the Yellow Jackets are yet to offer, the interest is somewhat mutual.
"I really like their coaching staff. They want me to come up this summer and I'm hoping they'll offer me on my visit," said Davis, who added that he wants to see the team dynamic on his visit.
I asked Davis about Georgia Tech's admission standards and elevated level of coursework as compared to other schools. He indicated that it would not be a problem, as he claims a 3.4 GPA, with "lots of time to raise it more." Davis also plans to take the SAT soon and has been studying in preparation.
Davis also indicated that he likes Georgia Tech's offense and that he would want to play the "Roddy Jones position," aka "A-back."
Davis is not a big back, so to be valuable on the next level, he'll have to use his athleticism and agility to get open against underneath defenders and deep on wheel routes. Davis doesn't have a problem doing that, but does need to work on catching the ball. On Saturday, he didn't pluck passes with his hands, instead letting them get into his body, causing some drops.
As you can see from Davis' highlight film, the competition CDS faces is pretty sub-par. This makes evaluation of his film quite difficult because it involves imagining what Davis would do against better competition, when the angles are drastically different. Stylistically, though, it's easy to see how Davis would be a fit in an option offense like Tech's.
Still, Davis did have 138 carries for 1832 yards (13.28 yards/carry) and 31 total touchdowns. That's a monster season at any level of play.