Tonight the Kentucky football program kicked off the summer recruiting circuit by hosting their first Friday Night Lights camp of the year. In both Kroger Field and the Nutter Field House, perspective high school football players were out and about showing their skills off to the UK coaching staff. To no one’s surprise, Mark Stoops was able to pickup another quality addition to the 2020 recruiting class.
Torrance Davis is a top-500 prospect and a high three-star recruit according to the 247 composite rankings. The Cleveland native attends Ohio powerhouse Glenville High School and has been courted by Kentucky recruiting ace Vince Marrow. The prospect had some big time college interest with a listed offers from Penn State and Tennessee. During the recruiting process, Davis visited Michigan State and Pittsburgh in addition to seriously considering Cincinnati. Despite all of the suitors, he decided to pledge to Kentucky on his official visit this weekend.
The running back prospect is listed between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2 and between 210-220 pounds. When popping on the tape, it’s easy to see that Davis has some major league tools in his game. He’s a north/south runner with burst, but also has the ability to split out wide and play receiver. Kentucky landed a very versatile football player that some would tag as positionless.
When running the football, Torrance Davis does not play with his food. The long strider is a one-cut tailback who can turn a short gain into a splash play with the right crease. The tape shows that Davis is tall for a back and has a tendency to run with a high pad level. In the college ranks, he’s going to prove he can run behind his pads and churn out yards when there is a stalemate or penetration at the line of scrimmage. However, his ability to get north/south quickly and hit the gas is a great attribute to have. Kentucky’s staff has proven they like to have one-cut backs with burst who can provide a big play. Boom Williams, A.J. Rose, and Kavosiey Smoke all fit this mold.
The most intriguing thing about Davis is his ability to split out wide and play receiver. In his highlight package, Glenville gets the ball to him in both running back and wide receiver screens. He is used on bubbles, but they also give him the opportunity to run real routes. He has a great plant step on an out route and possesses the physicality/speed combo to be a weapon vertically on 9 routes. Either Eddie Gran or Michael Smith is going to gain a nice piece to their position room.
Torrance Davis becomes the fifth top-500 prospect in the class of 2020 pledged to Kentucky and the Ohio native is right on the precipice of a four-star ranking. He fits the mold for what both Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran like in running backs. Physical, downhill runner who makes quick decisions and can produce a chunk play when finding an alley. What separates him is on the outside.
At his his height and 200-plus pounds, it’s hard to imagine Davis being a slot receiver at the next level. That means his best position with be an outside the hash receiver or a tailback in UK’s rotation. He can certainly play running back, but his higher ceiling is at wide receiver. He has the body type you want in your prototypical alpha outside receiver and he’s proven to be able to run routes in a limited sample size. Give him some coaching at the college level and he could develop into one really tempting receiver prospect.