Now the Wolverines have its eyes fixated on a top junior in 6-foot-1, 230-pound wrecking ball running back Kingston Davis.
“The last time I talked to them was when I was with my coach and Jim Harbaugh was on the phone telling me about stuff, he offered me and said he liked my film,” Davis said. “He said I’m the kind of back they’re looking for to bring into the program.”
Historically, Michigan running backs have combined great size with above average speed and no one fits that description better than current running backs coach and former tailback Tyrone Wheatley.
“I also talked to the running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley,” Davis said. “He said to go up there and train with him and he could get me to the NFL. He’s a good coach, a good one to be coached by.”
Wheatley also went on to play 12 years in the NFL.
Not overly familiar with the detailed history or tradition of Michigan’s program, Davis actually first heard of the Wolverines from a friend in Germany, a place Davis called home for three years because of his father’s career as a contractor.
After an admitted adjustment period to start his junior season, Davis went on to be a key cog in Prattville’s machine before breaking his collarbone in the third round of the state playoffs.
“My junior year we just got a new running backs coach and had to learn to work with each other,” Davis said. “Blocking was a key factor this year and I led my team with 1,400-yards and 15 touchdowns.
“I’ve fumbled only one time in my high school career so that’s a big plus.”
Currently holding eight offers from Troy, Georgia Southern, Southern Miss, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas State and Michigan, Davis is planning to take some visits this spring having already tripped to Mississippi State.
“We’re looking to see what we can do and try to stop at places on the way to places,” Davis said. “We’re going to Michigan in the spring so we might stop by some others.”
“I’m looking for a great coaching staff,” added Davis. “A program that can really get me to the next level cause that’s my ultimate goal. And a program that is going to give me the opportunity to play right away.”
Wolverines getting good one in Washington
One of the wild cards in Michigan’s 2015 class is Davis’ teammate and cornerback Keith Washington.
Previously committed to California, Washington hadn’t even visited Ann Arbor prior to signing with the Wolverines. Regardless, Davis says Washington is well worth fans’ attention.
“They’re getting an excellent player,” Davis said. “That mans an athlete and can do it all. He could play every position. He’s fast, quick, great hands and can do it all.”
Adding Davis, “We’re real close, we hang out almost everyday.”
The speed of Washington is one area open for debate after telling Jim Harbaugh he could run a 4.3 and even looking to prove it on the spot, Davis backed up that time noting, “That’s legit; very legit.”
Still a ways from figuring out where exactly he’ll venture off to play college football at, Davis says Washington is already working on getting him to join the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
“He’s been talking to me, trying to get me to come up there with him,” he said. “He says I might as well come play with him and spend the next four years.”