BELLFLOWER, California — Imagine a younger Wyatt Davis popping in a DVD of the 1993 football classic The Program. Now imagine Davis looking to his right and seeing the guy who played one of the most frightening characters on the fictional ESU Timberwolves college football team, Alvin Mack.
Duane Davis is Alvin Mack. Wyatt Davis knows Mack as "Dad."
"Intimidating," Davis described watching his father as Mack for the first time. "When I first saw it, I looked at my dad like, 'Is that really you?' That's how he is when he gets angry. You want to make sure he doesn't get angry."
In many ways, Wyatt Davis is Alvin Mack on the football field. He's fearless. He's physical. And when that whistle blows, he's mean. Very mean.
As a 6'4", 315-pound offensive lineman, that's exactly what many coaches are looking for in a college football recruit. After watching Davis on the field, it isn't difficult to see why the St. John Bosco High School 5-star standout is ranked No. 26 overall and the No. 4 player in California in the 2017 class.
As a left tackle, Davis has blossomed into one of the nation's most college-ready athletes. On Sunday, he showed his worth by earning an invitation to The Opening during regional competition in Redondo Beach, California. Of 10 players invited to The Opening finals, Davis was the only offensive lineman who punched his ticket to Beaverton, Oregon.
What's scary is that Davis is still learning the game. He didn't play Pop Warner ball and played two grades up as a sixth-grader because of his size.
"I only played two years, and one was with [UCLA quarterback/Bosco alum] Josh Rosen," Davis said. "Even when I played, I was so young, I really didn't know what was going on. Technically, my freshman year was my first year actually playing football and understanding it."
Needless to say, Davis has done well for himself as someone still somewhat new to understanding the game. He now has 25 offers from Power Five schools coast to coast, and Bosco head coach Jason Negro is expecting the lineman to add many other offers this spring and summer.
"He has the obvious measurables that are going to be as good as anybody out there," Negro said of Davis. "He's super physical, and he's got tremendous footwork. What I like is that he's extremely unassuming. You would not know he's a 5-star and one of the best offensive linemen in the country."
SEC, Big Ten visits on deck
Fresh off a USC junior day appearance Saturday, Davis went into Sunday's The Opening regional competition with the mission of showing he was the top lineman in the state of California. He held his own against the best defensive linemen in attendance and showed he could be a solid tackle or guard at the next level.
Davis' offer list features heavyweights galore. Alabama has offered, as have Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Oregon and Los Angeles rivals USC and UCLA, among others. He has a brother, David Davis, who finished his senior year as a defensive tackle for Cal and is expected to graduate in May.
"Everything's been crazy, so unreal," Davis said. "I remember my freshman year, and I was just worried about starting. My sophomore year, the recruiting process really took off to something I would have never believed. So far, everything's been great. I just want to make sure I have a great senior year."
Negro described Davis as an "incredibly coachable and humble" athlete. Negro appreciates Davis being one of the athletes who practices with the same level of intensity as you see in a game.
"He's constantly trying to get better at his game. That's what makes our team go," Negro said. "When our best players work that hard, it's easy to get the other kids to raise their levels of practice play."
This month is expected to be a busy one for Davis. He said he's planning on taking an SEC tour during spring break where he will visit Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Texas A&M. He's also looking to make stops at other SEC schools if time is on his side.
By the summer, Davis said he wants to visit a few Big Ten schools, as well as Notre Dame. He has Big Ten offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois.
Ultimately, Davis said he's looking for a school with a solid football program and an excellent communications school. He has an interest in broadcasting.
"Life after football," Davis said. "That's definitely something I'm looking at. I want to get a degree that will give something big if football doesn't work out."
Football bloodlines run deep
Davis' football lineage is impressive. His grandfather, Willie Davis, spent more than a decade playing defensive end in the NFL in the late 1950s and all of the 1960s, the majority of the years for the Green Bay Packers. He was a part of the Packers teams that won the first two Super Bowls and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. The elder Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
Wyatt Davis' father didn't have a pro football career, but he is an accomplished actor who had several memorable roles in Hollywood. After playing college ball at Missouri, Duane Davis found himself in an athletic role in several movies, including, Beetlejuice, Necessary Roughness and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. He also was in Under Siege with Steven Seagal.
Duane Davis may be best remembered for his high-intense role as linebacker Alvin Mack. It's a role that Wyatt Davis said still gets praise wherever they go. It's also a role that Negro feels his star lineman at Bosco channels every play.
"Growing up in the '90s and 2000s, and being a football fan, one of my favorite movie characters of all time was Alvin Mack," Negro said. "Now I get to talk to Alvin Mack on the phone. It's the coolest thing ever.
"Wyatt's really become a great finisher. After the whistle blows, the last guy moving, typically, is Wyatt driving his guy somewhere. He never gives up. Those types of things stand out to me that shows how he's progressed in his game, and they show how nasty he is. He's a dog; he's tough and physical. He's all the things you think about in an old-school lineman on the field."
To which Wyatt Davis added: "My dad's always taught me and my brother not to take crap from anyone. Being aggressive, that's something you have to find within your own. Ever since I was younger, that's how I've played. He told us to be aggressive, and I really took that to heart."
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Basketball as an advantage
Football is Davis' ticket to college, but basketball may have been his first love. Because he didn't play Pop Warner ball because of his size, he got his athletic kicks early as an interior post player on the basketball court.
"I got into AAU basketball," Davis said. "I've always had that basketball background. It's really helped with my footwork in football."
Davis was a part of a Bosco team that advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals this season. He wasn't called upon to be a primary scorer, but his defensive presence and size inside proved to be huge for Bosco.
Basketball proved to be integral in his growth as an offensive lineman. Davis' ability to move when the ball is snapped makes him a versatile option at the next level. He considers himself a natural tackle, but he could get early playing time as a pulling guard.
"That's one of the things that's most impressive about him is how well his feet move and how agile he is," Negro said. "What he can do at his size is what attracts him to so many people."
"I feel I can play inside and outside, it doesn't matter," Davis said. "I'm open to playing wherever, as long as I'm on the field playing."
The spring season is still early, and Davis said he will not rush the process. A decision could come on national signing day.
Whenever that decision happens, look for him to do two things: continue being the dominant athlete up front and continue to learn as much about being dominant as possible.
If anything, it's what Alvin Mack would have done.
"I know I can learn a lot more, and I'm ready for it," Davis said. "I'm definitely not satisfied with where I'm at. There's a lot I don't know, and I want to know everything."
Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles
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