NSD Scouting Report: Torshiro Davis

One-by-one, we'll take a look at every member of the Texas recruiting class.

Davis might be my favorite talent in the entire class. I've seen a number of comparisons for him, including Lawrence Timmons (formerly of Florida State), but I think the one that I like the most is Von Miller.

Both were roughly the same size (6-3 220) coming out of high school, and both present a freakish level of athleticism. Davis was clocked at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash at The Opening, a time that gets even more impressive when you consider that Texas running back Johnathan Gray, a constant home-run threat, ran 4.53 at the same event.

Davis's speed and explosion off the ball are apparent the second you turn on his film. And he has the ability and athleticism to be a natural linebacker. But why would you want to? The kid already shows elite pass-rushing instincts, something that should make him outstanding at his chosen defensive end position. Put him in on third downs, tell him to get after the quarterback, and he'll do just that.

Davis uses his hands well, keeping offensive tackles off his body just long enough to turn the corner. And once he has the passer bore-sighted, his last few steps are lightning. Davis also has flashed the ability to cause turnovers once he gets there.

His motor and effort level is impressive as well, with Davis showing on tape the speed to run down running backs 40-yards down field.

The lone question with Davis will be his size potential. At 6-3 220, and his level of athleticism, there's only so much weight you would want to add to him. Can he be an every-down end at 240 pounds? What about 250? Davis has the pass rushing ability to be an effective guy in that phase right out of the box. But how much he plays at Texas will depend on whether he can add the requisite bulk to play on the other two downs.


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