During his sophomore campaign in 2016, the versatile Joshia Davis had 155 rushing attempts, 39 receptions, and he also played situationally as a kick returner and defensive back.
“I feel like I am a very balanced player,” he said. “It is an honor playing with people like Dylan McCaffrey that have really made this program what it is. It has also been cool to look back at the alumni that have been here like Christian McCaffrey and Alex Kozan, players that are entering the draft. It would be cool if that is me one day.”
He was an eighth grader when Christian McCaffrey as a senior at Valor Christian. Davis admits the comparisons are unavoidable, especially now after he racked up 2,186 all-purpose yards as an prep underclassman.
“People have said our playing style is similar,” he said. “Christian does well catching the ball out of the backfield, returning kicks; he is an all-purpose back and that is what colleges are looking at me as. I can play all around the field on offense.”
Colorado was the first program to offer Davis a scholarship. It came last summer after he competed at the Buffaloes' 7-on-7 tournament. Davis returned to Boulder to watch Colorado take on a ranked opponent in November.
“I have definitely been keeping an eye on CU since they offered,” he said. “Obviously the facilities are amazing and it is a beautiful campus but when I watched them play Washington State, I saw coaches that care about their players and really improved the program. CU wasn't all that in the past but just seeing them play as well as they did was impressive.”
Davis plans to take another unofficial visit to Colorado this coming weekend.
“I saw a lot that I wanted to see the last time I went there, CU is a great school overall,” he said. “On this trip, I will be looking more into the academic part of it since that is what I will really be focusing on when picking a college.”
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Davis does not have any other offers yet, and colleges are limited in the amount of contact they can have with 2019 recruits, but he has also received some form of interest from Penn State, Utah, Clemson, Washington State, USC, Northwestern and Rutgers.
“I am going to try to go visit a couple Big 12 schools, Pac-12 schools this spring or summer,” Davis said, adding he has grown up cheering for Oklahoma. “I am trying to be proactive about recruiting but I am definitely going to take my time with it. I am probably not going to commit until after my senior season, but you never know.”
Davis opted not to play other sports in order to focus on football workouts this off-season. He has been developing chemistry with Colorado pledge Blake Stenstrom, who is expected to replace Dylan McCaffrey as Valor Christian's starting quarterback this year.
“I feel like my chemistry with Blake will be great by August,” Davis said. “He is a great quarterback. I could see him being an Elite 11 type quarterback like Dylan was. He seems like a four or five star quarterback to me. He has great athletic ability and he can also throw the ball pretty well.”