SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Over this spring, upwards of 50 coaches have swung by Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds – affectionately known as the Mack House – to take a gander at a new, leaner, meaner Kevin Davidson.
“There’s been a lot of Pac-12’s, San Diego State was one that came last week for a practice, and they talked to us,” Davidson said on Sunday, before the Aztecs’ SoCal neighbor – San Diego – became the first school to pull the trigger and offer the 6-foot-4 signal-caller. “That’s definitely a school that I’m taking seriously. Harvard and Yale were out to watch me throw. Oregon State, also. Utah’s coming out in the next couple weeks. There are going to be a lot of coaches – Fresno State, Wyoming – a lot of coaches coming, and they’ve already hit me up. It’s going to take off pretty soon.”
Sunday was arguably the start of that take off, as Davidson took home quarterback MVP honors at The Opening Oakland Regional, though he did not receive an invite to the June showcase, that will include the Elite 11 quarterback competition.
“It means a lot,” Davidson said. “There are some big-time dudes out here, so it means a lot to compete with them and come out on top. It shows that hard work pays off. There were some routes where the timing was off, and that forced me to rush a little bit, but that’s just throwing with different receivers that you don’t know. Overall, I had a very consistent day and completed a lot of passes.”
The day also was not without learning, as former NFL quarterback and Elite 11 maestro Trent Dilfer gave Davidson some tips.
“He said he loved the way I’ve grown up,” said Davidson. “I started coming to these when I was a freshman, so he was real pumped up that I dominated, and he says that good thigns are coming.”
The Elite 11 staff will continue to meet over the next few weeks to finalize the field, and Davidson is definitely in the running.
“We’ll figure out if I’m going to go to the Eugene [Elite 11] or not,” said Davidson. Like college coaches, the Elite 11 staff still wants to see more of Davidson. “He said they’re going to have a talk this week.”
Getting to this point has been a long road for Davidson, who transferred from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley to McClymonds, where he played four games for the Warriors before his transfer was declared illegal. Not playing the rest of the season retarded his recruitment, to some extent.
“A lot of coaches are talking about it: ‘We need some more film, we need our quarterback coach to see you,’” said Davidson. “They said that as long as the quarterback coach sees you at camp, I’ll be good.”
Since he had to take a seat, it’s been all about training for Davidson. He’s gone from 233 pounds over a year ago to a lean 218. Last year at this time, he was 225, but he’s reorganized his weight, and looks slimmer, but he’s also much stronger and more stable. One thing hasn’t changed: His solidly-built power base.
“Seven days a week are workouts, on the field and in the weight room,” Davidson said. “I have a specific program from trainers on Arizona, that I do every day in the weight room. It’s been paying off. I’m getting a lot faster, a lot quicker, a lot slimmer. The weight’s moving to the right places. I’m excited about it.”
In those four games last season, Davidson was exactly the type of prototypical pocket passer into which we’ve expected him to develop. He completed 52 of 74 passes (70.3%) for 1,117 yards and 20 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Because of his abbreviated season, Davidson will be busy on the camp circuit this summer, and will be crisscrossing the country going to camps.
“I’ll have a really busy summer. Pretty much every day is taken, but I’m excited for it. I’m trying to find the best fit where I can play,” said Davidson.
In the span of three days – from June 19-21 – Davidson will go to camps at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia.
“I’m trying to maximize my opportunity out there,” he said. “Then, probably going to go to Nebraska for their camp. I’m looking at Northwestern, and then hitting the West Coast -- Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon State, Arizona State. Pretty much whoever contacts me and lets me know I need to go to camp.”