football program has sent several players on to the NFL during the Kirk Ferentz
era. Obviously, those players had stellar careers while wearing the black and gold. Trying to project which high school stars will be tomorrow's Big Ten and NFL contributors is never and easy thing to do and more often than not, the prognosticator can look foolish.
That has certainly been the case when it comes to home grown wide receiver talent from the state of Iowa.
The Hawkeyes recently added Receivers Coach Eric Campbell to the program. He comes to Iowa having spent more than a decade coaching receivers at Michigan, a program that knows all about sending receivers to the NFL.
This coming year, the state of Iowa will boast one of the better receivers in the Midwest in Cedar Rapids Washington standout Keenan Davis. The 6-foot-3, 190 pound gazelle was a first team all state selection in 2007 and already has listed offers from Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Colorado and Iowa. That is in addition to interest from the likes of Michigan and Ohio State.
Davis, like all high school juniors, has a long way to go before making an attempt at collegiate glory and a possible pro career, but he certainly looks the part at this stage of the game.
HawkeyeNation.com's Brian Finley recently spoke with Davis about a recent visit to Iowa City and the recruiting process in general.
Q: You made a visit to Iowa City recently for a junior day they held during their spring workouts. How was that trip?
Keenan Davis: It was really good. I talked to all of the coaches, trainers, went to a position meeting with all of the receivers and that was really fun, and I spent a lot of time with Coach Campbell
Q: Adrian Arrington is a CR Washington Alumnus, and he played for Coach Campbell at Michigan. Have you spoken with him about Coach Campbell?
Davis: I haven't really talked to Adrian about it. I have talked to Coach Campbell a few times and we talked about Adrian. His (Campbell's) dad coached my dad in track. We talked about that. He is a really good guy and he knows what he is talking about.
Q: After watching Iowa practice, what kind of a coach would you say he is?
Davis: He is really up tempo. He has everyone moving fast and getting in and out of drills; just a hard working coach. He knows what he is doing.
Q: With the talent he has coach at Michigan, did that open your eyes a little bit more regarding Iowa?
Davis: Yeah. When he came to Iowa, that kind of made me think about them more. He did so much at Michigan and coached so much talent, like Braylon Edwards, Adrian and Mario Manningham. You have to pay attention to things like that.
Q: What other schools are you hearing from the most right now?
Davis: Minnesota, they offered me a few weeks ago. Kansas, Oklahoma and Illinois, too. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State; they haven't offered yet but they have been sending me a lot of mail and talking to my high school coach.
Q: What are the factors that are going to be a part of your decision making process?
Davis: Football wise, academics, social life at the school, just everything. One day I will just know where I am going to go.
Q: Was there anything new that you saw on your recent visit to Iowa that you had not seen before?
Davis: I had never watched a practice before, so that was new for me. I just spent a lot of time talking with the coaches
Q: Will you be coming back for Iowa's final spring practice on April 19th?
Davis: I am still working that out. I think that I have a basketball tournament that day, so I don't know that I will be able to make it for that. I would really like to be there though.
Q: How are things going in the classroom for you?
Davis: This weekend I am going to take the ACT. Hopefully I do well there. My core GPA is around a 2.4 or a 2.5 now. I will be working on that by taking a few extra classes.
The Davis File
Racked up 16 receptions for 241 yards in a playoff win against Cedar Falls this past November…caught 81 passes for nearly 1,200 yards and 12 scores as a junior…one of the most highly recruited receivers in the Midwest…caught 36 passes for 585 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette…
Davis is the kind of player that could be able to play right away at the Big Ten level. Iowa receiver Andy Brodell will be a senior this fall, and Trey Stross will be a junior. If playing time is a major consideration for Davis, Iowa is a program where he might be able to find it from day one.
The state of Iowa has produced several Big Ten and Big 12 football players through the years, but not many elite wide receivers. Keenan Davis of Cedar Rapids (Washington) is certainly on that short list. He caught over 80 passes for more than 1,100 yards last year and has a handful of offers from some excellent Midwestern programs. He recently made another visit to Iowa...
Cedar Rapids Washington receiver makes another short visit to Iowa City for a junior day