Western Kentucky Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed QB Davis Shanley

Western Kentucky Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed QB Davis Shanley. WKU Insider takes a closer look at the Hilltoppers signee.


BIO:  A product of Cumming (Ga.) South Forsyth, Davis Shanley committed to WKU in August.  The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller was slowed by injury during his senior season, but was an All-State choice following an impressive junior campaign that saw him throw for 2,375 yards and 25 touchdowns, while also adding an additional 715 yards and eight scores on the ground. He was named Offensive Player of the Year for the area as a junior.

RECRUITMENT: Shanley committed to Western Kentucky over multiple scholarship offers, including C-USA rival Old Dominion.

WHY WKU:  A high-octane offense is always attractive to a quarterback who likes to sling the ball around, not to mention utilizing his feet on occasion.  Has built strong relationships with Sanford and Spurrier since the introduction of the new coaching staff.

EVALUATION:  Excellent pocket presence with the ability to escape the rush.  An accurate arm in both the short and long game.  Deceptively dangerous when he decides to run.

QUOTABLE:  "He is a very intelligent coach with a great vision of WKU," Shanley said of head coach Mike Sanford.

BOTTOM LINE: Shanley will have an opportunity to learn from those ahead of him on the depth chart while also gaining a further understanding of the Sanford offense.  Will become a capable reserve option with a future as a starter.

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