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Yahtzee! 2020 RB Torrance Davis Commits to Kentucky

June 7, 2019

Torrance Davis becomes Kentucky’s first commit from the state of Ohio in the now six-person 2020 class and is one of what is likely to be three running backs in the class. Davis picked Kentucky over Cincinnati, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Penn State. He had visited all of his top schools unofficially but Kentucky was his first official visit. Jutahn McClain, who is visiting this weekend and announcing on July 4th, is another RB thought to be heavily favoring Kentucky. 

Davis is listed as a running back on both Rivals and 247 but when you watch his highlights, it is clear he is more than that. The man is a football player. His first play in his highlight tape shows him at outside receiver with his team in the red zone. He takes a screen to the end zone. His next highlight is a power run up the middle for a score with two defenders draped on his shoulders. Next, Davis breaks two tackles and speed off for a 55-yard rushing TD. His next play is a screen out of the backfield that goes for 50+ yards and sees him outrun three defenders who seem to have the angle on him. I’ll spare you the rest of the play by play recap of his four and a half minute highlight tape but if you watch the entire video, you will see Davis score touchdowns from almost every offensive skill position. He even has a couple of highlights lined up at OLB.

Davis is an explosive athlete who will be a do-it-all running back for Kentucky. He packs both power and speed into his 212-pound frame that allows him to be a versatile offensive weapon. He compares favorably to AJ Rose in his ability to run between the tackles but to also have more explosive top-end speed than bigger-body power backs. Both backs hail from Cleveland and sport a similar playstyle. Like Rose, Davis has a frame that looks like it could carry 15 pounds without losing explosiveness. Rose is listed at 6’1 210 pounds on Kentucky’s current roster but came to Kentucky at 6’1 195. Davis is already the same size as Rose and seems to have room to get bigger once he gets into a college strength program.

Davis is a raw, high-upside prospect but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. AJ Rose is just a junior this year and his backups Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez are both redshirt freshmen so the depth chart doesn’t need Davis to come in and produce right away. His raw ability comes with high upside that can be developed over time and not rushed due to necessity. Couple him with a polished back in this class like Jutahn McClain and Davis should have plenty of time to develop. The state of the running back position at Kentucky looks set up for success for years to come.


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