OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Davidson stands out just a bit when he’s on the field for Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. Other than being 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, the 2016 quarterback is also one of the only Caucasian players on an almost-entirely black team, but his teammates don’t see race; they just see a big arm – one of the best in the 2016 class.
“He’s a great quarterback,” said Javin White -- another transfer, from Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden – who Davidson found five times for a game-high 139 yards and three touchdowns on Friday in a 32-22 win over Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. “He’s going to be a D1, SEC quarterback, and you can mark my words. At 6-4, 220 already, as a junior, the only thing he can do is grow.”
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The move from the largely-white and suburban Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley – where Davidson was poised to be in a QB battle with Zack Baker -- was a big one, but Davidson now has plenty of very athletic weapons on the outside, including White, senior Lavance Warren (who caught four balls for 16 yards) and Quadry Wesley (who caught two balls for 22 yards).
“My dad’s job changed, and I knew I was going somewhere,” Davidson said. “I was looking at different options around the country, pretty much. I was looking at Arizona, up at Sacramento, but I ended up here. It’s a great place to be, and I’m really loving it, so far.”
Having all those athletes to throw to has certainly perked up Davidson in his first full varsity season.
“It’s a nice change, for sure. I get to throw the ball around and make my weapons useful,” Davidson said.
On Friday, Davidson went 13-for-24 for 216 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Warriors started things off on the ground, with three straight running plays (including a 42-yard TD by Warren that was called back due to holding), before finally taking to the air. Davidson then completed two straight attempts passing the ball, finishing off the drive with a 35-yard TD pass to White. Davidson hit four balls of over 20 yards on the night, showing off an explosive, quick release and plus-plus arm strength.
“We were just trying to suck them in, at first, but their ‘backers stayed close and kind of smacked us for a little bit there, but we kept on it, kept the pedal down and finished strong,” said Davidson.
On the recruiting front, California is staying in close contact with him, White, San Jose State commit Bomani Bassette and 2016 prospect Nigel Center, who transferred from American Canyon before the season.
“There’s a couple coaches here, but I try not to worry about it too much. Oregon came out last week, Cal was here, Oregon State is in a couple weeks,” said Davidson.
The Bears have been by “a couple of times,” including a visit by recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram during last week.
Davidson and McClymonds (3-0) next take the field against Sebastapol (Calif.) Analy, which is 2-0, on Sept. 26, in Oakland at 7 p.m.
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