Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Kingston Davis 2016 Commit Profile


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Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Kingston Davis 2016 Commit Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent verbal commitment Kingston Davis.

Those who are suffering from some mild anxiety regarding the lull in Michigan football commits can for at least a few days enjoy some relaxation. Coach Harbaugh on Monday received a commitment from Alabama power runner Kingston Davis. The anxiety will return shortly to the stargazers who have some angst that he is a mere three star and not rated near the top of the running back crop of 2016.

Coach Harbaugh obviously has it going at powerhouse Prattville, Alabama, having already secured a 2015 commitment from the very athletic Keith Washington and now a commitment from 2016 prospect Kingston Davis. Oh, and by the way it seems Harbaugh is holding an elite football camp this summer in Prattsville that seems to have at least one southern coach upset.

Yep, Kingston is a three star. Why so, does it really matter? First, services favor the wow factor guys with flash and pure speed. There certainly is nothing wrong with a combination like that, but Coach Harbaugh wants some tough pounders that can wear out a defense if given a chance. So, Kingston Davis at 6’ 1” and over 220 pounds could easily be the pounder, a change up runner, a fullback, or a redzone specialist.

Kingston Davis is not flashy or fast. He is a between the tackle type of punishing runner who is tough to bring down. His film shows good lean, fast/shallow/decisive and effective cuts, and the ability to carry tacklers. While no speed demon, Kingston shows decent vision in the hole and, like Mike Hart, if he gains sufficient time as a runner, will not break it to the bank from long distance, but achieve many carries of five yards or more. Now all of this assumes he runs instead of blocks. His cuts are similar to De’Veon Smith but he is bigger.

Harbaugh may as well take a recording of “Let’s Get Physical” with him on the recruiting trail; his intent is obvious and certainly not unexpected.

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Kingston Davis
Height: 6’1
Weight: 225
Number: 20
Current Position: Running Back
Future Position: Running Back / Fullback
City/State: Prattville, Alabama
High School: Prattville
Head Coach: Chad Anderson
Recruiter: Tyrone Wheatley
Visited: 4/4/2015
Committed: 4/6/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Troy.
GPA: 2.9
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Follow Kingston Davis: on Twitter

24/7: 3-star.
Rivals: 3-star.
Scout: 3-star.

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Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 – 7 1/2 footballs.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

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  • Overview:

    To quote Doc: “This kid is pure Hoss.” Davis is a big, strong, and physical runner. As we watched his film, the name Toby Gerhart kept popping into our brains (we have more than one). We can see Michigan using him the same way as Gerhart at Stanford: play some tailback, a little fullback, and be used in a single back set. Kingston rushed for overc1400 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Davis also caught seven passes for another touchdown. He has a solid 2.9 GPA.


    Kingston definitely passes the sight test. He has great size and possesses the proper aptitude to run between the tackles. His film shows a solid blocker and sufficient hands. Davis gets his shoulders square and for the most part keeps his pad level low. He is a classic one cut and get north and south runner. What surprised us was his quick feet and overall athletic ability.

    Concerns/Needs Work:

    Kingston Davis is not slow by any means, but he still needs to work on his quickness and especially his acceleration. Kingston’s agility is just standard as is his ability to change levels.

    Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

    GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year, but might depend on if he enrolls early at Michigan which has been reported that he is looking into the situation. Kingston is physically ready, but a red-shirt would help him prepare and adapt to the physical nature of college football.

    Kingston Davis reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Stanford Football Player — Toby Gerhart — who played Running Back / Fullback.

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    2016 Michigan Football Class:

    Michigan currently has six recruits at this time with Erik Swenson (OL), Dele Harding (LB), Brandon Peters (QB), David Reese (FB/LB), Kingston Davis (FB), and Matt Falcon (RB).

    Final Thoughts:

    You cannot have too many aggressive physical players. Players like Davis can set a tone that spreads through an entire football program.

    We welcome Kingston Davis to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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