Big Blue Nation added two new members late this afternoon when the Davis twins announced they’ll be transferring to Kentucky to play football.
Here are 10 things you should know about them…
1.) They were stars at Austintown Fitch High School just outside of Youngstown, Ohio.
Youngstown, of course, is the home of Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow, an area Kentucky is beginning to own in recruiting. Marrow is currently recruiting a running back, Darrin Hall, from Austintown Fitch in the 2015 class, also.
2.) They had offers from Oregon, West Virginia, UCLA, Baylor, Arkansas, Oregon State, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
The twins picked up a little more than 20 total offers in high school, mostly from the same programs. If a school only showed interest in one of them, that school was immediately removed from consideration.
“We knew from Day 1 we were going to go to school together,” Demitrious Davis told ESPN in 2012.
3.) They were top 40 prospects in Ohio and top 40 athletes in the 2012 class, according to Rivals.com.
Demitrious and Chris were the 32nd and 33rd ranked athletes, respectively. They were No. 39 and No. 40 in the state of Ohio.
4.) ESPN Recruiting called Demitrius “a blur of an athlete in space.”
An excerpt from his ESPN scouting report in 2012:
“This guy is an absolute nightmare to deal with at the high school level as a dual-threat, run first quarterback that will likely move to cornerback or slot receiver at the next level. He is dramatically undersized or he would be a national recruit as both an ATH and dual-threat QB because he throws the ball surprisingly well. He is a short prospect, but can flat out run. He is a blur of an athlete in space. Displays rapid acceleration, supreme top end speed and moves like a jack rabbit laterally. He has a low center of gravity, can jump cut, shows excellent vision with sharp cuts to exploit the cutback lane. He is the ideal zone runner and could be a spread offense utility back. He explodes through tiny creases in-line and once at the second level he is a homerun threat that can take it the distance. Will win most, if not all footraces at this level.”
ESPN ranked him the 25th best athlete in the class and the 10th best recruit in Ohio.
5.) Demitrious will play offense, Chris will play defense.
Demitrious will be used in the slot and at running back in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense. Chris will help out on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary.
6.) They both bench 350, squat 450, and run a sub 4.4 40-yard dash.
Demitrious is listed at 5’10”, 175 lbs. in the Pitt media guide. Chris is 5’9”, 180 lbs.
7.) They announced their transfer from Pitt on May 12, 2013.
The twins cited a change in the offense as their reason for leaving. Former Pitt head coach Todd Graham ran a spread offense before his successor, Paul Chryst, implemented a pro-style offense. Demitrious and Chris were adamant about playing in a spread offense in college during their recruitment. After announcing the transfer, Chris tweeted that he had to put himself in the best position to succeed.
Pitt prohibited them from transferring to an ACC school or Arizona or Arizona State where former Pitt coaches are on staff.
8.) They will walk on this year.
But the opportunity to earn a scholarship in the future is there.
9.) They will have three years of eligibility at Kentucky beginning in 2014.
And they should be more than ready to go when their time rolls around. They will be able to run with the scout team all season and participate in fall and spring camps.
10.) They’re excited.
Your boy is a Kentucky Wildcat!! #UK
— Chris Lamar Davis Jr (@chris_davis22) June 18, 2013
Its official! Im a Kentucky Wildcat! #UK
— Demitrious Davis (@Ddavis_2) June 18, 2013