Colerain O-lineman Gets Cincy Offer

Bearcat assistant coach, Kerry Coombs, is working a familiar territory as he returns to Colerain to recruit players he once coached.

On Monday, April 16, Evan Davis returned to a Cincinnati spring football practice with his parents to receive a Cincinnati scholarship offer.  Davis had made an unofficial visit to a UC spring practice the previous Friday.


Davis is a 6' 4"/245 pound offensive tackle at Colerain High School, and Cincinnati is the second school to make an offer.  Bowling Green University, where his older brother Nick (6' 3"/281 pounds) started on the defensive line until an injury last season, was the first.


Davis apparently has a huge upside since he has played only one season on the offensive line.  He was moved over from the defensive line last season to claim one of Colerain's starting tackle jobs as a junior.  Although Davis is currently weighing only 245 pounds, he seems to fit the profile of what Coach Kelly wants in his offensive linemen. 


Colerain assistant head coach and offensive line coach, John Cook, spoke with Bearcat Insider about Davis.  "Evan is a great kid.  He comes from a good family with a great work ethic.  He's very determined to be successful on and off the field.  He's got a good body, and I think that's what recruiters are starting to see.  He's very athletic and plays basketball at Colerain.  He's got good flexibility and good quickness.  His frame will allow him to easily put on some weight.  He's working his tail off in the weight room and excited about his future.  He's not sure what he's going to do yet and looking at his possibilities."


Although there are only two offers at this time, the choice might be more complicated than usual since Evan's brother will still be at Bowling Green for one season if Evan were to chose the Falcons.  On the other hand, Kerry Coombs, his old head coach, is the pitch man for the Bearcats.  The other advantage the Bearcats may have is the fact that strength and conditioning coach, Paul Longo, loves building kids like Evan into NFL caliber offensive linemen.


Evan gave his feelings on the two interested schools.  "Cincinnati is in the Big East, and it's bigger than the MAC.  I'd like to play bigger football.  One of the positives for Bowling Green is my brother is up there, and I'd get to play a year with him.  I also like the area up there.  It's not a city school.  It's country style like I've grown up, but I'm not sure if the coaching staff will stay together.  Brian Kelly just got to Cincinnati, and he's been with some of those guys for 19 years.  I like his coaching staff."  After a 20-6 start in his initial two seasons at Bowling Green, Gregg Brandon is 10-13 since.  Brian Kelly's Central Michigan squad over the same period of time in the same league posted a 15-8 record.


Some players like to make their college decision early, and apparently Evan is one of them.  "I want to make it as soon as possible.  I want to get it out of the way and don't want to be thinking about it during my senior year of football."


Evan plays offensive tackle at Colerain, but he believes he may switch positions if he becomes a Bearcat.  "I think they're recruiting me as a tight end.  Coach Quinn said that to me, but I think it's still up in the air whether I'll play tight end or offensive line."


Like many of Coach Kelly's recruits, Evan is a good student.  "I carry a 3.3 grade point average.  My core is like 4.0."  Evan is planning to major in civil engineering.


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