What I Learned Watching: Kyle Davis

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary takes a look at Archer ATH Kyle Davis.

Simply put, 2016 ATH Kyle Davis was the best player in the game not named Eric Swinney. He looks very impressive physically, and appears to be about 6’3” and 215 pounds. Davis already looks like an SEC receiver, and showed tremendous athletic ability. The Gamecocks are getting a big-time playmaking WR when he gets to Colombia.

Davis was targeted only once in the 1st quarter, but it was a big one. On Archer’s first offensive play of the game, Gabe Tiller threw a bomb deep to Kyle Davis. Davis had his man beat from the start, but the ball was a little underthrown. Davis slowed down to adjust to the ball, leaped up over the defender, made the catch, broke the tackle, and sprinted 25 more yards for the score. Very A.J. Green like. Not comparing him to AJ, but the catch immediately made me think back to AJ. Davis showed explosiveness and strong hands on the catch.

Davis was used mainly as a run blocker, and not one Sandy Creek defender was able to shed his block. Many of Williams’ and Singleton’s receiving yards came from running behind the blocks of Kyle Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was only targeted once more in the first half, and it was a jump ball in the endzone. Davis was double teamed, and reached over both defenders to almost secure the catch. If the ball had not been overthrown, there is a good chance Davis would have come down with another incredible touchdown.

Up 13-0 at halftime, Archer got the ball to start the 2nd half, and went straight to Davis. The first attempt was a bad throw that fell incomplete. The 2nd play was intended for Davis, but tipped by a defender. The tipped ball was still in the range of Davis, and he made the catch off the tip and turned the play into a 24 yard gain. The next 2 plays were a 6 yard curl route to Davis, and a 10 yard slant to Davis in the middle of the field. Davis’ next catch did not come until the 4th quarter. Later in the 4th quarter, Davis looked to have caught the game tying TD with about 6 seconds left in the game, but the play was brought back due to a holding call.

Overall, Davis was extremely impressive, and I was hoping Archer would have found a way to get him the ball more. If they had, Archer would have most likely won the game. Davis is a homerun threat, and the entire crowd was waiting for him to do something special. He had good but not great speed, and was very crisp in his routes--which led him to get easy separation from his defender every time he went out for a pass. Whether it was a quick slant route, or if he was going deep, Davis was going to get open. He was a couple inches taller than everyone who tried to cover him, and used that to his advantage. He displayed strong hands, quick feet, and a great vertical jump that leads me to believe that he will be a very special WR in college. Very impressive recruit.

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