Recruiting: What WSU is getting in QB verbal Quenton Davis; Greg Biggins analysis

VIRTUALLY ALL SCHOOLS gain their quarterback verbal in the spring before the player’s senior year in high school, if not before. Can you still get a great quarterback prospect when he’s still available on January 1? Is Washington State getting strong QB value in the case of three-star Quentin Davis? Oh yes, says national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins.

Davis, unlike most prep QB prospects, was an unknown quantity until just a few months ago despite playing for storied St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif.  You can do all the 7-on-7 tournaments under the sun and play for a prep powerhouse but a paucity of game tape leaves a gaping hole when it comes to recruiting and Davis sat on the bench behind Josh Rosen until his senior year. (And Rosen wasn’t just a 5-star QB, he was rated the No. 1 QB nationally on in the 2015 class).

But the 6-1, 205-pound Davis, Biggins tells CF.C, was worth the wait.

"He showed poise and maturity beyond his years,” said Biggins.

A Press-Telegram writer said last month Davis was arguably the best prep quarterback in all of California. Davis was his league’s offensive co-MVP and led St. John Bosco to a 13-1 record. The only loss came when he left with a first quarter injury.  Davis this season was 204 for 293 (70 percent) for 3,612 yards with 40 touchdowns against just four interceptions.  His quarterback rating was 145.4. 

But as great as all that is, it's high school.  Is Davis a legit Pac-12 quarterback?  Definitely, says Biggins.

“I like the pickup for Washington State a lot -- he definitely has Pac-12 level talent," Biggins tells CF.C.

Mike Leach in recruiting a QB looks for accuracy and decision making long before he considers arm strength. Check and check, says Biggins.

“Physically, the arm strength is there,” said Biggins. “Davis throws a tight ball -- he’s very accurate and shows touch on the deeper throws.  He shows better than average mobility and can escape the rush and make a play with his legs or even run some zone read.

“He's a smart kid, very quick with his reads and progressions. He's a hard working player off the field as well and has a gym rat mentality to him.”

That sounds like another Leach quarterback.  Luke Falk is a film hound, gym rat and became a college football star this past season. Falk walked on at WSU after also not playing his junior season – all-important to recruiters – after transferring high schools. And so Leach in 2016 will now have two scholie quarterbacks on the roster who were overlooked seniors.

Like Falk, Davis has other intangibles, such as toughness.  According to the Press Telegram,  Davis suited up for the CIF-SS Pac-5 championship game despite dealing with broken ribs

In that game, it took a separated shoulder to get Davis off the field, leading to Bosco’s first and only loss of the season. Under Davis this season, St. John Bosco scored at least 31 points in 13 of 14 games and more than 60 points in eight games.

--Davis led Bosco to a No. 2 rating in USA Today’s national high school poll before the loss in the Pac-5 title game. Bosco finished No. 11 nationally in the final poll, with the No. 1 rated offense. Ken Massey’s computer rating pegged Bosco at No. 4 nationally in his final poll.

--Davis was also named Press Telegram co-offensive player of the year and a member of the Press-Telegram All-Area Dream Team.

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