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No. 55 was a nearly unblock able force for the Tilghman defense in '22

’23 DT/DE is among the best linemen in Kentucky, period!

We love “Drew” Davis, or Layton Davis, or whatever you wish to call him. He is a man with incredible power, explosion, hand violence, and leg-kick for a defender whose moves and technique are well past his present stage of player-development. He is just a man. The 6’0,” 265-pounder brings it, snap after snap. If you’re across from him, you would be wise to brace for one heck of an impact.

Fletcher Long, Chief of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

We have loved this prospect since he entered the lineup at Caldwell County as a freshman under the Friday Night Lights. Since then, the western-Kentucky animal has started over 45-games, made better than 250-tackles, registered 45 or more TFL’s, collected 12-QB sacks, forced four (4) fumbles, and blocked a pair of punts.

Davis is 6’0,” and weighs 265-pounds. Davis has made the All Western Kentucky Conference first-team, been selected to the Prep Redzone, 3A, Regular Season, All-State Defense, and has been invited to the Nashville High School All-American game put on by the prestigious Elite3 Foundation out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Davis has made the All WKC, the Prep Redzone, 3A, Regular Season, All-State Defense, and has been invited to the Nashville High School All-American game…

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

What a year the senior interior stud defensive lineman had for the Blue Tornado. This season, in spite of (undoubtedly) being the focus of every opponent’s scouting report, Davis had 63-tackles, 12-TFL’s, 5-QB sacks, and a forced fumble (FF). Remember, this guy was aligned inside and drew every conceivable double, and even triple-team the opposing OC could throw at him.

We were able to contact Davis to interview him for this piece. Davis told KPGFootball, “Playing for Tilghman was a blessing. Coach Thompson is doing an amazing job at Paducah Tilghman.”

We asked for some specificity, and the precocious senior obliged. “Coach Thompson is creating a winning culture at Tilghman. He is helping awesome young men grown and develop both on and off the field. Tilghman has opened plenty of doors for me, next level.”

Davis has been at the epicenter of a firestorm of recruiting effort for several schools around the commonwealth

HB Lyon

We were glad Davis broached this topic. He has been at the epicenter of a firestorm of recruiting effort for several schools around the commonwealth bent on fielding winning college football teams.

We asked him if he was “leaning” anywhere in particular. He told us, “I am stuck between three programs. Lindsey Wilson, Georgetown, and Campbellsville are standing out to me. I will be deciding in a week or so.”

Old No. 55 is fading off into the sunset with where he ultimately lands anyone’s guess

We think Davis is as up in the air with this decision as he has indicated. We wouldn’t dare to presume to venture a guess at present. Davis tells us he goes back and forth between the three.

KPGFootball could see a Georgetown commitment or we could see Campbellsville bagging the prize. Lindsey Wilson is still very much in the chase here too as the Blue Raiders have refused to throw in the towel on the pursuit of Davis as we are told LW is in near constant contact with the talented senior.

Both Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville have excellent opportunities for a young person desiring to study and gain a degree in nursing, as Davis confided to us he very much favors. While Georgetown doesn’t have that major, and Davis’s going there might require an extra year to complete the desired curriculum, Georgetown is still an excellent school with a successful football program second to none among Kentucky small colleges.

It appears to KPGFootball Davis is down to a win, win, win situation here. We don’t see how Davis could possibly go wrong with any of these three choices.

Playing for Tilghman was a blessing…

Layton “Drew” Davis

We may not know where he will announce. We know Davis is a first-team All-State caliber football player. It has been an honor to walk this path with his family and him over these many years.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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