Freedom lineman Kealey Davis (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Kealey Davis was one of the anchors of a run to the state championship game in 2018
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in Northern Virginia. Continuing our countdown at number 19 is Freedom lineman Kealey Davis.
#19 Kealey Davis (2020 DE/T 6-3 270) – Freedom High School
In order to duplicate the effort which landed them in the Class 6 championship game, Freedom (Woodbridge) will have to find a way to replace Prince William County’s all-time leading rusher, Tyquan Brown.
Just as importantly, the Eagles will also need to find a Hog from their ranks, a blocker and lineman who can fill the very large shoes and jersey of Josh Fuga, who has taken his 6-foot-2, 308-pound frame to Blacksburg to play for Virginia Tech.
Kealey Davis aims to be that player.
As the strongside defensive end for Coach Darryl Overton’s Eagles, Davis played a key role on a defense that allowed only 12.2 points per game during a 13-game winning streak that bridged the opening game loss to Lake Taylor and state championship defeat at the hands of Manchester. He was also a tackle for the offensive line that allowed Brown to rush for over 2,000 yards last season, and past 6,600 for his record-breaking prep career.
This year, our #19 player, along with teammate Vershon Lee, will be the standout players on both sides of the ball, and will define how much times quarterback Quest Powell will have to make offensive decisions. As both are considered to be among the top-10 linemen in the state, the Eagle offense expects to replicate its 38-point per game average from 2018.
Davis has see demand for his services at the next level rise. The dozen teams who have expressed interest have mainly been FCS schools, with Hampton, Norfolk State and Buffalo making offers.
Freedom will begin its 6D regional championship defense on August 30 with a home game against Hayfield, a team they defeated 29-19 in the second round of last year’s playoffs.
– Jim McGrath