Charlotte (NC) Providence Day quarterback Jadyn Davis committed to Michigan on Friday afternoon on SportsCenter. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee, and many more.
I did a full scouting report on him a few weeks ago (LINK).
ESPN: 4-star, 86 grade, #3 dual-threat QB, #35 overall
On3: 4-star, 92 grade, #8 QB, #105 overall
Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #3 pro-style QB, #10 overall
247 Sports: 5-star, 98 grade, #2 QB, #28 overall
Hit the jump for more.
Davis has long been linked to Michigan. He and his family know J.J. McCarthy and his family. One of his receivers at Providence Day, Channing Goodwin, is the son of former Michigan and NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Goodwin, and the elder Goodwin has been an assistant coach at Providence Day. While Davis has explored the likes of Clemson, Ohio State, and Tennessee, it just seemed like Michigan was in the driver’s seat for months. However, quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss did not do a great job of recruiting Davis – or selling his family on that coach-player relationship – and Jim Harbaugh’s dalliance with the NFL gave them pause. A recent visit to Ann Arbor to meet new quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell quelled the concerns; Davis immediately put out a top five and then set a commitment date.
My opinion on Davis is shared in the scouting report above, so I won’t go into depth again on what type of talent he is. He is a very accurate quarterback with a good arm; but his size and athleticism are limited. If you still had any faith in ESPN’s rankings, you should probably just pull the plug, considering Davis is nowhere near a dual-threat guy.
As for where he fits into Michigan’s plans, I think Davis is probably a year two guy. As a class of 2024 prospect, he will arrive in two seasons. I expect McCarthy to leave for the NFL after 2023, so the starting job is up in the air, whether it’s current backup Davis Warren, Davis as a freshman, or someone else. He will need to add bulk, and most quarterbacks need a year to develop their reads and mechanics, as well as just adjust to the speed of the college game.
I think accuracy translates to the college game, and Davis completed 72.5% of his passes as a junior in 2022. He won’t factor into the run game like J.J. McCarthy does, but we’ve seen Cade McNamara have success in a run-heavy offense. I think Davis’s accuracy is just as good, he has a stronger arm, and he’s a little more mobile.
As of right now, the potential depth chart in 2024 looks like this:
- J.J. McCarthy (Sr.)
- Davis Warren (RS Jr.)
- Jadyn Davis (Fr.)
- Alex Orji (RS So.)
- Jayden Denegal (RS So.)
Michigan is also recruiting several of Davis’s teammates, including Goodwin, WR Jordan Shipp, and 2025 OT David Sanders.
TTB Rating: 87
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