One of the top rushers in the country, Justin Davis, will decide where he’ll play his college ball on Thursday. The 37th ranked recruit in the nation according to the FanSided 150, Davis is the top pure running back in the state of California, and holds a 4-star rating.
USC is considered to be one of, if not the favorite for Davis. Davis told Anthony Gorney of Rivals on Tuesday, that the commitment of Ty Isaac would not have any bearing on his decision, setting up the possibility that the Lane Kiffin’s Trojans could pick up two 4-star running backs in a matter of 48 hours.
In addition to USC, Davis is considering UCLA, Cal, Washington and Oregon out of the Pac-12 Conference, as well as traditional powers Oklahoma and Florida State.
Much like Ty Isaac, Davis is an upright runner with top-flight speed and vision. With the ball, Davis’s high stride turns him into a replica of Darren McFadden, only without the bulk. At 195 pounds, Davis is built as a speed back, and his agility in open space very much falls into that category.
His highlight reel shows his propensity to rely on his speed, both positively as he shoots gaps into the second level of the defense, and negatively as he has a tendency to over-commit on his jukes and force his speed to bail him out.
While not as polished as Ty Isaac, his physical tools and speed could outweigh those of Isaac. Should Davis sign a Letter of Intent next February with the Trojans, you have to imagine that Kennedy Polamalu would be able to tinker with Davis’s running style to mend the little holes in his game, much like he did with Tre Madden this spring before an injury ended his season.