On the first day of The Opening, I saw Kyle Davis and I thought he was a linebacker. I did a double take when I checked the roster and realized that it was a him and he was a receiver.
Davis looks like Tarzan and plays like Tarzan’s older brother. He dominated The Opening and was named the MVP of it for a reason. All it did was back up what was already there on film. He’s the best receiver in the nation.
Davis has it all physically. Many NFL receivers aren’t put together like he is. That is kind of insane to write, but it’s true. He is built like no other at the position at the high school level. He is big time explosive athlete that has phenomenal top end speed and great acceleration.
Everything I see on film from Davis is what I saw from him in person at The Opening. His catch radius is impressive. He can flat out go up and get the football and is tremendous at catching bad balls that should be incompletions and hauling them in. He has great hands and always snatching the football away from his body. Even when there is contact, it doesn’t faze him and he is able to bring down the football the majority of the time. He uses his body really well to shield defenders and will also just go up over top of them to grab the football.
He is solid route runner that could do a better job of coming back to the football. That’s one thing he’ll need to improve on. At the same time, the ball should probably be getting out quicker to him and he won’t have to come back as far to the football.
He has the speed to threaten over the top and is a beast after the catch. He fights hard for extra yards and can run through arm tackles. He has the ability to take short passes to the house and pursuit to the football is huge if facing him because he can shake that first defender and be gone. It’s not just his strength, though. He took a slant and an out route to the house at The Opening and went untouched because he can simply run away from people. I don’t care what his 40 time is. The dude is fast.
Some of the best cornerbacks in the country were at The Opening that were locking down other players and they looked helpless versus Davis. It got to the point where the other team was doubling him at the line and pressing him like he was a gunner on the punt team. I have never seen that before in real football or 7 on 7. He still split the coverage and if the offense threw the ball his way, I’m confident he would have made the play.
He can be used on jet sweeps and other plays in the run game as well. Basically, any way an offense can get the football in his hands is a good play.
He is a willing blocker that could be more dominating. He gets the job done, though, and that’s all that matters.
Line up wherever you like on the field because defensive backs will struggle to cover him no matter where he is.
Davis has the potential to be the best wide receiver in all of college football. There is no doubt in my mind about that because of how physically gifted he is. He is built like Dez Bryant right now except Dez is already in the league. That’s scary to think of what he is going to be. If he stays healthy, he is going to make an immediate impact at the next level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).