Davis headed to West Point
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH senior Tyler Davis (17) turns on the speed for one of his 13 touchdowns last season. Davis has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.) and will play football NCAA Division I for Army. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
CLEVELAND HIGH senior Tyler Davis (17) turns on the speed for one of his 13 touchdowns last season. Davis has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.) and will play football NCAA Division I for Army. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
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Coming from a family with a strong military background, Cleveland senior Tyler Davis knew that he wanted his future shaped by a career in the military.

After much hard work and determination, Davis was not only accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, but he will also be playing on the Army Black Knights Division I college football team.

“It feels so crazy. It’s one of those spontaneous things that come out of nowhere and you either take it or it’s gone forever,” Davis proclaimed. “West Point is one of the most prestigious military academies in the world, and this will set me up for the rest of my life.”

Davis’ father served in the military police for 12 years, and his mother worked in military intelligence for six years and was also in the Army reserves. His grandfather and uncle, who also went to West Point, were both in the Marines.

With his acceptance into West Point, Davis has started on a journey that will eventually lead to his being a commissioned officer.

Getting into West Point is an honor in itself, as the school has an acceptance rate of only nine percent.

“Its really, really hard to get in, but I love challenges. I began applying and then had to work to get a congressional nomination. I got the nomination around Jan. 28, which was pretty late. I made a 30 on my ACT in December, which really helped to improve my chances,” Davis explained. “I then finished my packet by taking the physical test and medical exam. We had sent my football stuff in but hadn’t heard anything back because they were going through a coaching change.”

Knowing that most of those accepted receive notification in March, Davis had begun to think that he was one of the 91 percent of applicants who did not make the cut.

A phone call on April 2 erased all of that doubt in an instant.

“I honestly had thought that I wasn’t getting in, because you usually hear from them in March. I got a call on April 2 from one of their football coaches who said ‘hey we just got a hold of your tape. I wanted to say congrats on being accepted, and we can’t wait to have you up here this summer playing football for us.’ I got the offer, and then I went online to the candidate portal and the deadline to officially commit was April 15. This is where I wanted to go, and it would greatly shape my future, so I made the decision to commit,” Davis said.

The 2013 season was also an excellent one for Davis, who was one of the top wide receivers for the Raiders.

Davis finished out the season with a 51 receptions for a total of 1,175 yards

He averaged 23 yards per reception and had 13 touchdowns.

The standout receiver hopes that his speed will earn him a role on the starting roster next year, knowing full well that starting as a wide receiver for a DI program will take some time.

“Hopefully I can play kick return my first year, because I have some pretty good speed. I ran a 4.4 flat in the 40 over the summer, and I didn’t see anyone else up there listed at that.”

According to Cleveland head coach Ron Crawford, the honor of playing for the Army is one that Davis has worked extremely hard to achieve.

“Just about all of Tyler’s family has a history with the military, and it’s been a dream of his to attend there. Now he has the ability to do that and also has the chance to play DI college football. This is a huge individual accomplishment for Tyler,” Crawford stated.

“We’re super excited for him; he was one of those guys who was a late bloomer and just got missed by some schools. He is extremely talented, fast and smart young man. We’re proud as a school, and I would love to see him go up there and excel in football.”