After losing long-time Kansas State
commit Aaron Sharp
, the Wildcats appear to have found their quarterback for the 2014 class in Harrisonville (MO) senior Zach Davidson
"I love Manhattan," Davidson said with a smile. "Everyone talks about how much the coaches care, and the family feel. When you get there, you feel like they really want you. How close they are with each other, it's kind of a small-town feel."
After leading Harrisonville's offense for three years, Davidson was one of the top small-class players in Kansas City. A 2012 AP First Team All-State selection, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior also earned All-District and All-Conference honors during his time with the Wildcats.
"I came from a run-oriented offense," he said of the head coach Chuck Literas' system. "It's an option-style offense, so we ran the ball a ton. We would maybe pass 100 times a year. We didn't throw a lot, and didn't really need to. I just haven't had the chance to show I can throw."
Davidson's best season came during his junior year, illustrating his abilities as a dual-threat. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in both rushing and passing yardage, leading the Wildcats to the Class 4 State semifinals with 2,100 yards and 28 touchdowns. After going 12-3 in 2012, Harrisonville slipped to 6-4 in Davidson's senior season. Despite the team's struggles, he still combined for 1,205 total yards and 16 TDs in 2013.
"I didn't get into the recruiting process until late," he said, shaking his head. "Me and my dad, we talked to some other people, like Fred Bouchard at Staley. I sent my stuff to K-State, and then talked with Coach Del Miller
After seeing interest from a few FCS programs, Davidson was intrigued by the idea of playing at Kansas State. The discussions with the Wildcats assistant continued, and things grew from there.
"After the season, Coach Miller started talking about me walking-on," Davidson said. "I wanted to play, but I wasn't sure. I've had so many discussions with Coach Miller. He's been straightforward. Even after Aaron Sharp decommitted from Kansas State, he said he was still going to recruit me as a quarterback."
Davidson visited Manhattan last week, and came away raving about the coaching staff. He believes in the opportunity they've given him.
"This past weekend was the first time I got to sit down and talk with Coach Snyder," he said of the K-State legend. "I love the coaching staff, and not just Coach Snyder and Coach Miller. Whenever you meet them, they care what you have to say. They genuinely listen to you, and want to spend time with you."
Zach Davidson got a late start on the recruiting process. A three-year starter at quarterback, the Harrisonville (MO) prospect wasn't sure he would play college football until he sent his film to Kansas State. Davidson talks with Scout.com about his recruitment, and his decision to play for the Wildcats.
Harrisonville (MO) quarterback Zach Davidson talks about his decision to plan at Kansas State