December 13, 2011 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am
Kevin Davis doesn’t think he needs to wait to have an impact at a Division I school. He’s committed to Colorado State, and even after coach Steve Fairchild’s firing, he’s staying.
“If something happens, that will happen,” Davis said about the prospect of him switching his commitment before signing day comes in February. “Right now, I’m going to CSU.”
The Fountain-Fort Carson outside linebacker is rated as a three-star recruit by www.rivals.com, and he had seven other scholarship offers before he picked the Rams – the result of a top-notch senior season in which he lifted the Trojans to the second round of the 5A playoffs.
Davis posted a team-best 165 tackles, in addition to six sacks, four fumble recoveries and an interception, as Fountain-Fort Carson (8-3) took the Metro for a second straight year, with a 31-21 opening-round win over Cherokee Trail that was followed by a 14-12 loss to Ralston Valley. He also had two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown as a tight end, and as a kicker, he made four field goals and punted 20 times for a 38.8-yard average.
They’re numbers that convince Davis that he can have success right away in college. And he’s sure Fort Collins is the ideal fit, having been recruited by Air Force, Montana State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, Tennessee-Martin and Wofford. Plus, there’s a chance the Rams assistant who recruited him, Anthoney Hill, could be retained.
To sign elsewhere, “something big would have to happen for me to change,” Davis said, adding that Colorado State is “close to home. It’s a great school. It’s a great environment. The people are really nice.” Despite a 3-9 finish by Colorado State, “I’m very confident in the team,” Davis said. “I think they have a lot of great athletes and really good athletes coming in that have committed so far. So I think things will definitely turn around soon.”
Davis insists he “became an overall better player” than he was his junior season, when he had 96 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception, with a 32.3-yard punting average. He had four sacks in the opener, and he had double-digit tackles in all but one game, a product of “becoming more aggressive and getting to the ball more,” he said, as well as help from Morgan Fox (112 tackles) and Joe Jones (106) on defense.
Over the winter, Davis won’t play ice hockey for Cheyenne Mountain, like he has in the past, hoping to avoid injury and focus on adding bulk to a 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. On the field, he’s fine-tuning “run stop-type things, getting off blocks,” he said. Off the field, he’s “working on speed, getting bigger. When I get to college, I’ll continue to improve.”