SAN RAMON, Calif. -- After sitting out all but four games last season at Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, following his transfer from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley, 2016 quarterback Kevin Davidson is ready to get on with his football life.
“Ever since the season was over, I went down to Arizona, training with my quarterback coach, and lifting with my weight lifting coach,” said the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder at Sunday’s Kenion Training 7-on-7 Kickoff. I’ve been down to Arizona four times already since the season, just training, getting cut and getting ready for the spring.”
Davidson was declared ineligible following his fourth game, following a stretch where he completed 52 of 74 passes for 1,117 yards and 20 touchdowns to just two interceptions. During the rest of the season, he kept working.
“I’d go to the practice and pretty much stay like I was playing,” Davidson said. “I would get ready and just play. During practice, I took reps. We didn’t have a backup quarterback, so we were trying to figure out who’d be quarterback, so during practice, I was just helping some other kids, but I was still getting reps so I could put work in.”
He’s been working with his receivers since he had to sit, and on Sunday, finally got to go against opposing defensive backs as the 7-on circuit began.
“It’s important. There’s not a lot of schools that look at this stuff, but it’s good practice for the season,” Davidson said. “I’m excited. I’m working out all the younger kids coming up, working them out after school and getting their routes right.”
While Davidson is one of the rare Caucasian students at the predominantly African-American McClymonds, he’s taken to his new environs with august enthusiasm.
“It’s awesome. The kids there are the best. They come from nothing, they all want to play college ball, so they’re always in the weight room, always pushing themselves, so it’s always fun to be around them,” Davidson said.
Davidson will be sure to draw multiple Power 5 schools to practice during the spring, and the big, physical pro-style signal-caller is ready to show them what he can do.
“There are a lot of schools coming by to meet me and talk to me,” Davidson said. “They said they’re going to come by in the spring. My coach said he’s getting a ton of calls, and everything’s heating up. He said to be ready for the spring, because a ton of schools are going to come by and watch me throw.”
Davidson said that he will head to California’s junior day on Feb. 21, but also plans to make other visits.
“Not exactly sure yet,” as to which junior days he’ll go to, “but I might go take an Ivy League visit, because my GPA and my ACT are really, really high. GPA is 3.9 unweighted, 4.4 weighted this year, and ACT is going to be up around a 28. I’m going to have some good grades. I’ve been talking to Harvard a lot, so we’re figuring that out, and also, UCLA, my quarterback coach says he’s working on UCLA.”