Ryan Davis on Michigan State: 'They don't have a skill set like me in the Big Ten and he said the speed I have and the skills I have, I could be a big-time player for them.' (Photo by Chad Simmons / Scout.com)
Ryan Davis’ playmaking ability was on full display last season as he quarterbacked Lakewood High in St. Petersburg, Fla. His self-reported 40-yard time of 4.37 seconds appears accurate on film, and schools are looking to take that speed and open-field prowess and try it at other positions, including wide receiver, the position Michigan State offered him at recently.
Area recruiter Harlon Barnett came into the school and ended up offering Davis the day after.
“He said they love what I can do,” Davis said. “They don’t have a skill set like me in the Big Ten and he said the speed I have and the skills I have, I could be a big-time player for them.”
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg agrees with Davis’ assessment.
“There is no question that Davis is an excellent high school quarterback,” Newberg said. “I think he could certainly play the position in the spread offense in college. Davis does possess a lively arm and super playmaking ability with his feet. The problem is his size (5-11, 160). That’s why he projects better as a (slot) receiver.”
Davis’ older brother Chris Davis was a star recruit who signed with Florida State before being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL draft. Newberg says Ryan compares favorably at the moment.
“He has the same speed and quickness as his older brother did at the same stage,” Newberg said. “I am higher on him than most, but I have seen what he can do. He’s just a playmaker.”
While Davis has not been to Michigan State’s campus, he says he hopes to visit in the summer. His recruitment has taken a big turn this spring and his offer list now includes Florida State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Miami, Kentucky, Wisconsin and others. Even with that list, the Spartans remain very much in the hunt, thanks in part to their results last season.
”I have seen the team and the success they had beating Ohio State and winning the Rose Bowl; I have been paying attention,” Davis said. “It was a great season and you see them getting better every season, and everybody is getting acclimated with the system and believing what the coaches are telling them.”
Davis is currently ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 34 receiver in the country on Scout.
Spartan commit confident about teammate
Detroit King offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth, a Michigan State verbal, told Scout this week that he “feels confident” about the Spartans’ chances to land his talented teammate, linebacker Tyriq Thompson.
Stallworth added, “At the end of the day, he has to make his own decision but we talk about it."
In addition to Thompson, Stallworth reported that he is actively recruiting running back Mike Weber, defensive end Josh Alabi and defensive back-running back John Kelly, all top in-state recruits.
Offer out in the desert
Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial junior Dedrick Young received a scholarship offer from Michigan State this week, bringing him to 11 overall, according to Scout’s Jason Jewell. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Young also played running back last year and rushed for 1,696 yards and 17 touchdowns. He recorded 89 tackles and five sacks on defense. The Spartans are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears weekly at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.