Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow are on a mission in the recruiting world right now. That’s helped keep the dice hot for the Kentucky Wildcats football team.
On Friday night, three-star running back Torrance Davis announced his commitment to the Cats.
The No. 25 running back in the country held offers from the Tennessee Volunteers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Pittsburgh Panthers, among others. Davis chose Kentucky over these other programs because of the effort put forward by the Wildcat coaching staff.
“They were recruiting me the hardest,” Davis told KSR. “I decided to pick UK because it’s a school with a great atmosphere and chemistry. They had a lot of things. They showed me love and cared about me.”
One thing that made Kentucky stick out to Davis: the family environment. While he only spoke to a coach or two at other schools, that wasn’t the case at Kentucky. And it wasn’t all about football, either, which can make a recruit really feel at home.
“It was crazy how many coaches know you that you don’t know. It’s like the whole building knows you,” he said. “It’s not all about football. It’s about meeting new people and building relationships…It’s more than football. It’s about becoming a man in four years. That’s really why I came. It’s like a brotherhood there. It has a really good feel.”
But like many of you, I as well can be skeptical when it comes to football recruiting. Sometimes, you don’t want to get too attached to a player because it’s never a done deal until the ink is dry.
However, the 6-2, 220-pound back told KSR that he’s done taking visits. He’s right where he wants to be.
The Ohio native first started hearing from the Cats in the middle of his junior season. He was averaging around 150 yards per contest, but finished just shy of the 1,000-yard mark after a high ankle sprain sidelined him for three games.
The hard-nosed runner was not afraid to share his thoughts on his potential.
“I’m a power back, but I have a lot of speed as well. That’s what a lot of people said.” Some coaches even used a familiar comparison. “You’re Benny Snell, but you’re more explosive.”
So, what can Kentucky fans expect out of the powerful back when he makes his way to Lexington in the Fall of 2020?
“They’re going to see another Benny Snell, or better,” he said.
But until then, Davis says to be on the lookout for some players to join the fold.
“These dice are still hot. We got some more coming.”