Cornerback Delvin Davis of Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan High School watched ESPN Classic with interest Saturday afternoon as Central Michigan defeated Army 14-10 in a rain-soaked football game.
Although the Chippewas found themselves trailing the Black Knights for much of the game, in the end, the outcome was never in doubt as far as Davis was concerned.
"I knew CMU would win with the kind of coach (CMU head) coach (Brian) Kelly is," Davis said. "I like the way coach Kelly runs things and I feel that I can help CMU."
Davis made a verbal commitment to play for the Chippewas July 1 following unofficial visits to both Western Michigan and CMU the weekend of June 24-26. He was the first commitment in CMU's 2006 recruiting class and perhaps the earliest Florida player to ever make a pledge to the program.
"I had offers from both Central and Western," Davis said. "When I visited CMU, I liked what I saw. The facilities, the coaches, the players and the community were all good."
Flanagan head coach John Frangoulis believes CMU got itself an outstanding cornerback in Davis.
"Delvin has started at cornerback for us the past two years and he also returns punts and kickoffs," Frangoulis said. "He returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season against Pembroke Pines Charter."
At 6-foot-0, Davis is a tall cornerback who boasts 4.45 speed. This season, although Davis said most opponents avoid throwing to his side of the field, he has compiled 30 tackles and seven pass break-ups for the 3-3 Falcons.
"I'm a lockdown corner who loves to hit," Davis said. "I welcome all comers and I love a challenge."
"Delvin is a very good competitior, he works very hard in the weightroom," Frangoulis said. "You see a lot of corners who don't like to hit but Delvin loves the contact. He's a hitter."
Davis was also elected one of the Falcons four team captains this year, along with his good friend, safety Wayne Cobham, who's also been offered a scholarship by the Chippewas.
Davis said he and Cobham will be making their official visits to CMU the weekend of Oct. 28 for the Toledo game. Both players are being recruited for the Chippewas by CMU co-defensive coordinator Mike Elston.
"Coach Elston has done a good job recruiting both Wayne and Delvin," Frangoulis said. "He's been very impressed with their work ethic."
Shan Readon, Davis' mother, said she couldn't be happier for her son and his choice of CMU to continue his education and play college football.
"When we visited in June, I loved Mount Pleasant," Readon said. "The people were all so friendly, they treated us just like family.
"Coach Kelly and the whole coaching staff were just great but the school was the deciding factor," Readon added. "Everyone went out of their way to help us and the academic support is fantastic."
Davis said he plans to major in business and psychology at CMU. He said he's looking forward to his future as a Chippewa.
"I'm a team player who wants to be part of a winning program," Davis said, "and I think coach Kelly is a winner."
Davis Excited About Future at CMU
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