Longer, Leaner Davidson Ready to Compete
LIVERMORE, Calif. --It's rare for a young quarterback who has never taken a single varsity snap to have more recruiting interest than the senior incumbent, but that's where Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson.
Davidson already has several Pac-12 schools sniffing around, and last weekend, he went on a trip to visit both Colorado and Colorado State.
"It was my first, real unofficial," Davidson said after leading his Kenion Training Elite team to the semifinals of the Passing Down Nor Cal Regional on Sunday. "I went to Stanford for an unofficial, but just for a game – not with the team. Then, I went to Colorado State and did the same thing. It was good."
It was the first time that Davidson had really spent a day with – and inside of – a college program, and what he saw from the Buffaloes really made an impact.
"It went really well. I had a great day at Boulder, met the coaches and was with coach (Brian)Lindgren all day with the quarterbacks, and just went through a day with the team. It was a really successful day," Davidson said. "They've got everything straight, and everything's planned out to get that program turned around and be successful. It's all planned out, and they don't mess around, but it seems like a great environment to play in."
Davidson never squared off with the other Wolves quarterback – incumbent starter Zack Baker, who competed for Kenion Training All Stars – at the event, but while the two were on opposite sides of the seven-on field for most of the day, they'll be going head-to-head this spring as they compete for the starting gig.
"We're going to compete, and whoever's competing is going to win it," Davidson said. "It excites me a lot."
The two couldn't be more different, in terms of style. Baker is a shorter, more densely-muscled passer at 6-foot, 185, while Davidson has stretched out a lot over recent months to 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, and he's still well on his way toward converting some early-teen chub into full-fledged muscle.
"I've grown a couple inches and trimmed down a little bit," Davidson said. "I changed my weight around a little bit. A lot of training that I've been doing, I've been doing down in Arizona with some guys down there, and it's been really successful so far. I was down there two weeks at a time and training with a quarterback coach – Dennis Guile -- as well as at a gym down there – a gym down in Phoenix."
Though his arm strength wasn't tested on the short 7-on-7 fields, Davidson has long levers and a quick release, and last season on junior varsity, threw for 1,966 yards and 24 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Up next for Davidson are camps at USC and Stanford, and a potential trip to Georgia, though that has yet to be planned.
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