Prattville (Ala.) is appears to slowly be developing into a southern recruiting hub for the Michigan football program.
On signing day the Wolverines assistant Tyrone Wheatley flipped Prattville High athlete Keith Washington from Cal to the Maize & Blue. A month later word came down that the Michigan coaching staff would serve as guest instructors at the Prattville High Elite Camp on June 5th. And finally today the Maize & Blue picked up a pledge from another Prattville High standout, running back Kingston Davis.
Davis’ pledged comes on the heels of an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor that answered any questions he had about where he should of his collegiate future.
“I got there and went to hang out with the coaches and the players the first day, and it’s a really nice place,” said Davis. “They have a really nice field house. They’ve got a great group of running backs. They welcomed me. They were a great crew. The next day was the spring game. I got to see how crazy the fans are and got a feel for the fanbase. They really want me up there. On twitter they hit me up a lot. They really want me there. (Laughter). I feel welcome there.”
“It’s a great atmosphere up there at Michigan,” he later added. “Coach Harbaugh and Tyrone Wheatley were a big part of it. I love them. They’re great coaches and I think that’s where I want to spend my next four years.”
The chance to be nurtured by coaches with NFL playing and coaching experience was definitely a lure for the three-star runner, but the rapport he forged with them off the field were just as important.
“Tyrone Wheatley (and I)… we have a good connection,” Davis stated. “He was a big back also when he was in high school, college, and the pros. I think we’ve got that bond. We talk, and he talks to my dad a lot. So we’ve got a bond.”
“(Harbaugh) is a really cool dude. We actually sat down and watched the basketball game together. It was just him and my family. We were just talking about life stuff. He is a pretty cool dude.”
Both coaches impressed upon their new pledge the opportunity waiting for him the moment he sets foot on campus.
“They said I have good chance of coming in and playing early,” said Davis. “That’s what I really want to do.”
The same is true of his former and now future teammate Keith Washington. Davis admits that the presence of his good friend in Ann Arbor contributed significantly to his comfort playing college football so far from home.
“It was a pretty big factor,” he said. “My brother is up there too. Now we can play together again.”
With his own recruitment now behind him Davis plans to be that same type of lure for other prospective Wolverines.
“I talk to a couple of players already,” he said. “We have a linebacker too… Dytarious Johnson (who also visited Michigan last weekend). He is getting recruited by Michigan. Hopefully he will get his offer and then I will try to get him to come up there with me.”