Live Scouting Report: Terrance Davis

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) hosted Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) at the PG Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville Nov. 8, and Terrapin Times was on hand to scout and interview class of 2016 offensive lineman Terrance Davis.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) hosted Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) at the PG Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville Nov. 8, and the playoff-bound Stags emerged with a 40-12 victory. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout and interview multi-offer class of 2016 offensive lineman Terrance Davis, who had two pancake blocks, allowed zero sacks and paved the way for a ground attack that racked up over 200 yards. Check out our report on Davis’ game below:

Terrance Davis has a traditional right tackle’s mentality. He’s a tough guy, road grader type who loves to play power football. Run the ball right behind him, and Davis is going to blow open an SUV-size hole for his back to waltz through. A grinder who gets after it, Davis gets his weight moving forward and pushes through the whistle. He’s an effort player, a finisher, and he has that want-to you need to see in offensive linemen.

With a robust, powerful frame and a wide base, Davis is tough to move off the ball. He has a fast first step, sets up quickly and fires his hands up with a forceful thrust. Davis drives from his base and generates enough power to drive his man off the line of scrimmage. He also shows he can scrape off his man and execute blocks at the second level. He’s one of those seek-and-destroy offensive linemen -- knock off one man, look for another to blow up.

When pass blocking, Davis’ form is fairly sound, and he shows a decent kick step. He shifts his weight effectively, and has deft enough feet to slide with high school edge rushers. Davis reacts well to quick-twitch ends, cutting off interior blitzes with a nifty jab, while riding outside rushes right past the quarterback. He doesn’t typically get crossed up, and usually does not play off-balanced either.

To improve, Davis has to continue refining his technique. He’s not always consistent with his hand placement, and his initial strike tends to be above the pads at times. Davis also comes off the ball a little high, which limits his power, so leverage is something he’ll need to concentrate on. Some of that has to do with conditioning; as Davis improves in that area he’ll be able to maintain a low base all game and become even more potent at the point of attack.

Moreover, we’d like to see Davis consistently gain extension, especially when pass blocking. From time to time defensive linemen will get into his body before scraping off.

Davis could also stand to become even more athletic and nimble. He’s not known for his ability to pull, get down the line, or pick off linebackers in space. Currently, he’s a pure straight-ahead blocker who looks to get downhill. At the college level, though, he’ll be asked to execute more complicated blocks that will require more refined footwork and agility.

Finally, we'd like to see Davis develop into a more "natural" blocker. Sometimes Davis can be a little mechanical with his movements, and we'd like him to be a little more fluid.

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