BYU offers speedy wide receiver

As first reported on Wednesday by Total Blue Sports, Glendale High School wide receiver Michael Davis was offered by BYU. Davis talks about his experiences from BYU's Junior Day and what he really enjoys about BYU.

A two-way player for Glendale High School in California, 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound Michael Davis does many things for head coach John Tuttle on both sides of the field.

"I play wide receiver, punt returner, kickoff returner and play safety on defense," said Davis. "I'm going both ways this year."

However, there's one position he plays most.

"Wide receiver is my primary position and I'm really fast, so that's one thing," said Davis. "I can run past people and go for long balls downfield. I've also been working on my cuts, so I'm getting better with my cuts, so now I'm able to get off the ball faster and get some separation from defenders."

Fast is right. Davis is also a track athlete and a top-10 track performer in the 200 meters in California.

"Yeah, I've been getting a lot faster since my freshman and sophomore year," Davis said. "I've been getting my time down. I run both the 100 meters and the 200 meters. I only qualified for 200 in the state though. My fastest time was 21.0 in the 200 meters and in the 100 meters I ran a 10.67."

Davis enjoyed BYU' Junior Day on Wednesday.

"Yeah, it was a very good experience for me," he said. "It exceeded my expectations, but I had been out there twice before yesterday to watch some of their games. It was pretty good coming from out of state and competing with new quarterbacks. We basically did some individual drills, then some one-on-ones. It was a lot of fun."

Along with Skyler Munson, Inoke Lotulelei and Hayden Weichers, Davis was among the top performers at Junior Day.

"I really liked it and it was pretty awesome," Davis said. "I really enjoyed the competition and it was a lot of fun."

"The kid [Davis] from California is fast," said Bingham High School wide receiver Kalan Cantwell. "He was just running past guys and just all over the field. He's really good and you could see how hard it was for guys to cover him."

Following position drills, Davis was asked to stay behind to speak with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking," Davis said with a chuckle. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I was really nervous, but I got an offer from BYU, and so I was happy about that. I came up there by myself.

"We talked about how he likes me because how character and academics comes before athletics. He really likes me and we talked about some of those things and about how the offensive coordinator likes me too."

Davis found out he was receiving an offer when Coach Mendenhall gave him a piece of paper to read.

"When I started reading it I thought, ‘Wow, it's actually coming true. My dream of actually going to college is actually coming true.' I told him, ‘I really appreciate the honor of receiving a scholarship and hopefully I'll become a BYU Cougar.'"

Davis, a shy and unassuming young man, was still a bit anxious even after receiving the offer.

"I was still a little bit nervous," he said with a chuckle. "But I did calm down a little bit after that. I felt a sense of accomplishment after receiving that scholarship offer."

Davis, who is African American and non-LDS, is a young man that was raised by his mother Anna to have good moral character and to focus on his grades. His character and academics, coupled with his exceptional athleticism, are why BYU extended the full-ride offer.

"I'm a fun-loving person and I think the honor code at BYU is a good thing," Davis said. "It's something that's really attractive to me. I really like how everyone is like a family and really together and does things right at BYU. I really like those things because those things are already expected of me. My mom was excited about my BYU offer."

Prior to the meeting with Coach Mendenhall, cornerback Jordan Johnson was asked by Coach Mendenhall to speak to the group of young men that were asked to stay for the coaches meeting.

"He was the cornerback and he spoke to us about how he's not LDS but how well he fits into the surroundings and the school," Davis said. "He talked about how much he's grown and about being on the team and how being there has really helped him. It really helped me a lot."

All in all, Davis likes what BYU has to offer.

"Yeah, I'm seriously considering going to BYU because of the atmosphere that's up there and the academics," Davis said. "I want to study math at college, but I really like it up there at BYU and it's a good place to be.

"I also like Coach Howell and he's the one that is recruiting me. I have a good relationship with him and we're pretty good friends. He's a good guy and very patient. I like Coach Mendenhall too.

"I could see myself playing for BYU one day, I really do. The atmosphere up there I really like and the campus is really beautiful. BYU just seems like a perfect place to play for and go to."

At this point Davis has one other offer, which comes from Iowa State. Before he chooses a school, he will evaluate his options some more.

"I'll talk to my mom about it first," Davis said. "We'll take a look at things and then make a decision that's best for me. She really liked what I told her about it and we're going to try and come back up there. I think we're going to try and come up together at the end of summer or before my senior year starts."


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