Rulon Davis #94 California Bears DE
Dynasty Football 2009 NFL Draft Prospect
Rulon Davis, son of Sylvia and Lorenzo Davis, is a 6’5, 281-pound, senior defensive end for the California Golden Bears. Rulon has great size, football instincts, and intelligence and has matured well beyond his years.
Growing up in San Diego, CA, Rulon attended Charter Oak High School in Covina, California in 2001, where he played on the offensive line. After high school, he served in the Marines for more than three years. He was an avionics technician in the Marines, where he matured and learned about leadership, preparation and teamwork, all of which are qualities that he brings onto the football field. Once his three years as a Marine were up, Davis was sent to Iraq for a six-month tour of duty.
Upon arriving back on American soil, Davis was anxious to get back to playing football. Rulon attended and played for Mt. San Antonio College as a freshman in 2004. He helped Mt. SAC’s defense earn a No. 11 ranking in California, giving up only 251.9 yards per game. Rulon “the beast” had 32 tackles and 16.5 sacks as a freshman on a 10-2 team that advanced to the second round of postseason. Despite sitting out much of his next season, Rulon was still rated as the 21st best junior-college prospect in the country by Rivals.com in 2005.
Rulon ultimately decided to stay close to home and attended the University of California-Berkeley where he double majored in Sociology and African-American studies along with accumulating many football accolades.
In his first season as a Bear, he competed in six games before missing the last half of the season due to illness and injury (bone bruise in leg). Davis recorded five tackles, including three against Arizona State where he also had a half tackle for loss.
The following season, Rulon was penciled in as a starter at defensive end and a key contributor on defense. By the end of the season he tallied 16 tackles with three for loss, including 1.5 sacks, despite missing seven games throughout the season with a foot injury. After missing four early games, Davis made an immediate impact upon his returned against Arizona State and recorded three tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, before leaving the game with a knee injury and missing the next three outings. Davis recorded a sack on his first snap and forced a fumble with his second sack, setting up a 13-yard touchdown return. Rulon returned against Stanford and tallied three more tackles, one for loss to help Cal win and take back the traditional axe. He showed his desire and determination to get healthy and get back to dominating on the defense line.
“The Beast” recorded the top vertical jump of all-time for a Cal defensive lineman at 34.5 inches. He continues to impress coaches and scouts and is a leader on a strong Bears defense.
Overall, Rulon is an extremely mature and talented athlete. He has superb size and physical features that go great with his quickness off the line. Rulon’s Marine service has allowed him to mature beyond that of a normal college football player. His 40 times range from 4.9-5.2, which he will improve with training, while his numbers in the weight room remain stellar. Davis put on a big performance in the Emerald Bowl, showing that he is one of the top DE’s in college football this season. He was hurrying Jacory Harris throughout the game, totally interrupting Miami’s pass offense. Rulon is viewed as one of the top 40 Defensive Ends in the 2009 Draft class, and will rise up the ranks as teams notice that his injuries are behind him, he is physically fit to play at the next level, and has a wonderful character. He also has tons of experience playing in a 3-4 scheme, so teams that line up in such a defensive formation should be high on Davis.