Pitt has its 18th recruit in the 2014 football class. JaQuan Davidson from Elizabeth Forward gave his verbal yesterday. For his high school, Davidson plays quarterback, but that is mainly because he is an outstanding athlete/playmaker and the goal is to make sure he has the ball as frequently as possible. He’s classified as an “athlete” by recruiting sites, with the expectation that he will either play wide receiver in the offense or could be a safety on defense.
While Davidson had offers from Illinois, Temple and UConn as well. In the end it came down to Pitt and West Virginia. He chose wisely.
“Pitt did a heck of a job,” EF coach Mike LeDonne said. “He feels comfortable with the staff.”
Davidson (6-foot-4, 185) was recruited as a wide receiver, LeDonne said, but could move to safety or cornerback. Davidson plays quarterback for Elizabeth Forward, where he transferred last year. A Duquesne native, Davidson attended West Mifflin as a freshman and McKeesport as a sophomore.
Prior to Thursday night’s game, he had rushed for 392 yards and four touchdowns and completed 21 of 44 passes for 489 yards and eight touchdowns.
LeDonne, a former Clairton assistant, has seen other players find success at Pitt. Davidson should find a similar fit, he said.
“Obviously, they’re loving it, so I feel pretty comfortable,” LeDonne said. “I know how they feel about the coaching staff. I think JaQuan will fit in great.”
Here’s some of his ESPN.com evaluation (Insider subs.)
Davidson possesses very good size for an athlete. He has the physical tools to play more than one position on either side of the ball. Displays solid strength as he is a strong runner. His speed is just average as he appears to be a bit heavy legged.
Catches and runs with the ball well. Demonstrates an ability to catch it with confidence and ease. Running with it he is a strong runner that breaks tackles.
With his size he could be projected to be a Safety, a LB, a TE or a possession WR.
I expect Davidson will be a redshirt if he moves to defense, given that they will be trying to figure out his best position and changing the side of the ball he plays. If they opt to make him a wide receiver I would not be surprised if he gets some early playing time.