February 17, 2010

Future Flash: Jerome Davis

Earlier this month Kent State head coach Doug Martin signed 20 high school football prospects to national letters of intent.

Several of those prospects already have enrolled in classes at Kent State and will participate in spring workouts. The rest will make their way to campus this summer to prepare for the 2010 season.

Meanwhile, Kent Sports Report will take a look at each prospect and how soon he may see the field.

One of the Golden Flashes top recruiting prospects, Jerome Davis picked Kent State over offers from several BCS conference programs. Davis has some work to do to meet NCAA eligibility standards, but he has plenty of potential.

Named by Rivals.com as the 69th best prospect in Georgia and the 68th best defensive tackle in the nation, Davis racked up 205 tackles and 22 sacks at Buford High. He helped the squad win three straight state titles, finishing 15-0 in each of the past two seasons.

As a senior, Davis posted 90 tackles and seven sacks and also forced five fumbles.

Coach Martin's Take: "Jerome played an integral part on a state championship-winning program. He's explosive, powerful and has great closing speed to the ball."

Film Review: Davis explodes out of his stance and overpowers all comers, even when double-teamed. He's also very quick closing on the quarterback or other ball carriers.

Instant Impact: If Davis qualifies to play as a freshman, he will. He has the potential to be a multi-year starter at Kent State. Davis possesses the full package: size, speed and the desire to inflict pain on ball carriers.

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