If you were a big, physical tailback prospect watching Michigan run over BYU last week you probably came away from that game extremely impressed with the Maize & Blue.
Kingston Davis certainly did.
“The football game was great,” said Davis. “It was an electric atmosphere. The fans are great. And they got the ‘W’, so that’s the most important thing.”
“They’re running the ball more efficiently then I saw in the first game. The offensive linemen are blocking very and the running backs are hitting the holes.”
Davis has done his share of hitting the holes for Prattville (Ala.) high this year. The longtime Michigan commit has powered his team to a 4-1 record with 752 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He has also taken on more of a leadership role now that former teammate Keith Washington has begun his career in Ann Arbor. The chance to catch up with his good friend last weekend was one Davis took full advantage of.
“I hung out with Keith after the game,” said Davis. “He said when you first get in there it is going to be tough. The transition from high school to college is going to be tough wherever you go. You’ve got to be ready for that.”
That adjustment process is one that Davis plans go through at Michigan, but not until he sees a few other schools first like he has long planned.
“As of right now I’m taking a Michigan official for the Ohio State game,” Davis said. “The other ones… I‘m talking to the coaches right now to get them set up.”
“I’m still committed, but I’m still open to other schools,” he later added. “I’m weighing my options and looking around to make sure it’s the right fit.”
Each of those programs will clearly have an opportunity to overtake Michigan, but actually doing so doesn’t sound like it’s going to be easy. Davis has already been to LSU and Florida unofficially, but he has maintained his allegiance to Michigan. That’s been his stance despite his dad’s slight hesitation about the distance between Prattville and Ann Arbor.
Now after last weekend’s visit dad is singing a little bit of a different tune.
“I think he is getting more comfortable with it,” Davis said of his father.
And what about his ongoing effort to convince dad of the need for a new four-wheel drive vehicle to deal with Michigan winters?
“That’s not (going) so good right now,” Davis said laughingly.