Story courtesy of Dave Lomonico, Terrapin Times
HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- In one of 2015’s most anticipated high school matchups, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) played host to Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) Aug. 29. Terrapin Times was in attendance for the 38-14 Stags’ victory to scout the numerous Terps commits and targets participating, including four-star senior guard Terrance Davis.
The DeMatha lineman is down to Alabama, Georgia, UMD, Michigan and UCLA, with four official visits coming up (Michigan Nov. 27, Georgia Dec. 11, Bama Jan. 8 and UCLA Jan. 15) before he selects his future destination later during the winter.
Check out our postgame interview with Davis above, and the scouting report below:
Davis is a solid all-around lineman, both from a physical and fundamental standpoint. The 6-foot-2, 310-ppunder, who plays tackle for DeMatha, looks every bit the prototypical FBS guard. He’s not tall enough to play tackle at the next level, nor does he have long enough arms, but Davis has a stout, wide frame with a strong base. His hands, while not especially large (relatively speaking), are strong and active, evidenced by his ability to anchor and hold his blocks.
An aggressive presence, Davis is quick off the ball, possesses plenty of point-of-attack power, and is athletic enough to block out in space. When run blocking, Davis typically comes off the ball low and hard, driving forward; keeping his hips down; his head up; while continuously pumping his feet. In an improvement from last year, he generates power from his lower half, thrusting upwards through defenders.
When DeMatha runs to the outside, Davis ably pulls around end; picks out a defender; and finishes him off. For his size, Davis moves fairly well.
Davis can execute more complicated blocks too, impressive for a high school lineman. On one play, while shifting in to guard, he completed a reach block, neutralizing the inside linebacker. On another occasion, he and another interior lineman pulled off a double-team against a stout defensive tackle. Not to mention, Davis can reach the second level, taking out linebackers in space.
When pass blocking, Davis sets up swiftly, keeps his feet moving and displays a quality punch. He keeps his arms extended, his back straight and stays engaged throughout the block. The DeMatha lineman has a sound kick-step, shifting his weight well when redirecting pass rushers, while showing the necessary athleticism/quickness to readjust when said rushers attempt to change direction. When a blitzing linebacker came around end, for example, Davis promptly picked him up and guided him past the pocket. If’s evident Davis has good field awareness and seems to understand defensive tendencies.
For Davis to improve, however, he has to become a more consistent finisher. He can certainly maul his man, but we’d like to see that power pervade throughout an entire game.
Davis must improve his leverage as well. While you will see him come off the ball low and hard initially, there are times during a series when he can be stood up and pushed back.
Moreover, Davis has to strike even more rapidly. Fleet-footed defensive ends can sometimes gain inside position on Davis, because his punch and upward thrust is not quite fast enough.
And while Davis’ ability to pull is a plus, we’d like to see him use that athleticism to push to the second level more often. In other words, while he can convert blocks against the man right in front of him, we need to see him execute more combination blocks on linebackers, finishing them off in the process.
Finally, Davis has to keep picking up his conditioning since his fundamentals can wane as games wear on. He tends to reach and lunge for blocks when he’s tired, which limits his power and throws off his balance.