In October, 2014 Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis was a Washington State commit. But later in the month on a visit to USC with his mother, Davis told then head coach Steve Sarkisian he wanted to be a Trojan.
Davis arrived on campus over the summer as part of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class, joining the team as a running back along with Ronald Jones and Aca'cedric Ware. So far 15 of those talented freshmen have seen the field.
"We know how good we can be," Davis said. "Some of the freshmen are redshirting and some are playing. We are pretty confident and we are not letting the minimum playing time for some of our freshmen get to us overall."
Through seven games Jones has been the most consistent contributor of the three freshmen tailbacks, leading the team with 453 rushing yards on 59 carries and four touchdowns.
Ware has played in all seven games with 12 carries for 36 and a touchdown. Davis has played in all seven games as well and has 12 carries for 54 yards.
"Everything is going really good," Davis said. "I think the coaches are trusting me more and my playmaking abilities. I am understanding defensive schemes and coverages, so I think I am evolving as a player."
Part of that evolution process has been expanding Davis' role.
"...at this point I would just consider myself a playmaker. I really don't have a position, whatever they want to do with me, basically."
At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds with tremendous quickness, Davis fits into the USC offense nicely as a slot receiver as well as a tailback. So far he has caught six passes for 98 yards for a 16.3 yard average, including a trick play pass from wide receiver Jalen Greene in the opener.
With three wide receivers out against Utah, Davis lined up in the slot more and got in for 10 offensive plays, the most he's had this season. Davis caught three passes for 22 yards and had two carries for three yards against the Utes.
"I think my role [has evolved], they are trying to do more with me considering I am a versatile player," he said. "They are lining me up at 'F' and making me run routes out of the backfield. I am still getting a couple carries a game, so I think it works out."
During USC's Tuesday practice Davis hung out almost exclusively with the Tee Martin and the wide receivers .
"I go to both [meetings] with running backs and wide receivers but at this point I would just consider myself a playmaker," he said. "I really don't have a position, whatever they want to do with me, basically."
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more updates from the practice field as the Trojans get ready for a road trip to California.
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