As I mentioned previously, the Washington State Cougars have been evaluating a quarterback in the West over the last month or so, and today Mike Leach extended an offer to Quentin Davis, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound pro-style quarterback out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.
Davis, a three-star prospect according to Scout, has since confirmed with CougCenter that the offer is, indeed, a full scholarship offer, and that he will visit Washington State and Fresno State in January. The St. John Bosco football account also tweeted out the news.
As a senior, Davis threw for 3,612 yards, 40 touchdowns and just four interceptions against, arguably, the toughest competition in California. Davis, who completed 69 percent of his passes this season, added 450 rushing yards and seven scores with his legs.
So what does this all mean, given the Cougars already have a quarterback commit in Cody Brewer?
Looking at his highlights, Davis has all the tools necessary to excel in this offense — a strong, accurate arm with polished footwork — but has been lightly recruited, holding just offers from Seton Hall and Fresno State prior to WSU extending an offer this afternoon. Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Michigan State and Utah have also expressed interest.
Quarterback recruiting, you see, is vastly different than many other positions, as many schools only take one signal caller per cycle, limiting the number of spots available, and schools are usually full at the position by the end of spring.
What has likely worked against Davis from a recruiting standpoint is that he doesn't have any junior film (similar to Luke Falk) after sitting behind the nation's No. 1 quarterback, Josh Rosen, as a sophomore and junior. He does, however, play for the top high school team on the country, so he hasn't exactly gone unseen by college coaches.
There has been no indication that Brewer, who committed to the Cougars shortly after Ian Book flipped to Notre Dame, is having any second thoughts in regards to his verbal commitment, and as the numbers stand right now, it would be a surprise if Leach took two quarterbacks this cycle, unless they were anticipating some kind of change at quarterback.
There's a real possibility, though, that Davis could just be too good to pass up. Overall, it's an interesting development at a very slow period in recruiting.