A perfect phrase to usher in discussion on the all everything running back out of Tampa Bay’s Jesuit high school is to whom much is given, much is expected. If you haven’t heard yet, Malik Davis is now considered one of the top running backs in high school football. As a class of 2017 top prospect, Davis is considered by powerhouse conferences such as the SEC and ACC as a “legit college starter.” Easy enough for football fans to see this, as Malik Davis earned his over 2000 all purpose yards through a mix of shifty, hard-nosed efforts. Davis’s one cut and go style has lit up the eyes of college coaches and is steadily attracting more recruiting attention by the day. Reminiscent of the great Ricky Watters, former Notre Dame and 49’er stud, Davis has yet to pick up any of his yards by discount. In essence, this young talent has mastered the skill on the high school level of finding a lane in the defense and getting to and through it with split second decision making.
At 5’11, 190 pounds, Davis has excellent size and can be expected to bulk up to that ideal running back weight of 210 to 220 pounds. Lest we give him his total due, it would be incomplete if the great hands of Davis are not mentioned. Only 3 recorded drops during his junior year campaign is as impressive as any rushing statistic that he posted. Mainly because he was constantly in traffic when asked to run routes and had a constant target on his jersey number. It will be interesting to watch this top five running back choose his final destination for his college experience. Expect the B1G and PAC 12 conferences to join the others previously mentioned and make a strong effort at recruiting Malik Davis. And in regards to a record breaking senior season campaign…stay tuned.