Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 16 and Jan. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps now it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Kevin Davidson from San Ramon Valley (CA) is in the spotlight here. As a member of the Class of 2016, he was in the running for Offensive MVP and finished 7-of-10 for 141 passing yards with a touchdown as West defeated East, 21-14, at AT&T Stadium.
Other high-profile prospects on the field that day included LSU commit Donavaughn Campbell, Washington State commit Frederick Mauigoa, Illinois State commit James Robinson, Oklahoma State commit Madre Harper and SEC target Nick Starkel.
Always destined for the next level, maybe beyond, Davidson is still getting the job. Only at Princeton, no surprise there, worth noting. The 6-foot-4 and 225-pound senior quarterback will be under center against Columbia on Oct. 5 in an Ivy League game at 7 p.m. (EST).
In last week’s 56-23 nonconference victory over Bucknell, he finished 29-of-37 with 381 passing yards and seven touchdowns. In the season opener’s 49-7 nonconference victory over Butler, Davidson ended up 18-of-21 for 341 passing yards and two touchdowns.
As a junior, he was an attentive understudy to current NFL veteran John Lovett, with no eye-opening stats to speak of. As a sophomore, Davidson was second on the depth chart, behind another current NFL veteran Chad Kanoff, with no head-turning numbers.
As a freshman, it was a learning experience for him. Nevertheless, now entrenched as the starter for the Tigers, it would not be the least bit surprising to see Davidson selected to the East-West Shrine Bowl, perhaps receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine too.
Just yesterday, it seems, NFL veteran Mark McMillian and the Blue-Grey Football staff recognized him on the nationwide Jersey Presentation Tour in California. Thereafter, Davidson played during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Texas. And his journey continues.