Signee Spotlight: Tyler Davidson

After attending three different high schools in two different states during his prep career, Tyler Davidson is glad to become part of the K-State football program even if he had to wait an extra year. Davidson, who graduated in May of 2010 from Jenks High School in Oklahoma, accepted a grayshirt offer and enrolled at Kansas State in January. It's been a long road to Manhattan.

"Actually my parents moved to Jenks from Colorado my senior year of high school," Tyler Davidson said. "I only played in four games at defensive end and tight end. After Coach (Allen) Trimble resigned I didn't play anymore. I stayed and practiced with the team until the end of the season."

Davidson started out at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In what Davidson calls his mother's effort to keep him out of trouble, he transferred to Valor Christian High School where he broke school records in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns for tight ends. Although only playing in four games, Davidson was named All-District in his senior season at Jenks.

"I was being recruited by Arizona State, and TCU," said Davidson. "I think I'd have had a lot more offers, but I only played half of my junior season in Colorado. Oklahoma State was looking at me, but I missed a lot of football. I took the grayshirt offer at Kansas State, and I'm here now.

Davidson, 6-6, 265, makes a big target at tight end. One of the troubles he encountered at Jenks was he already had the Kansas State offer in-hand, and they had two good tight end prospects still seeking offers and recognition.

Also, longtime head coach Allen Trimble, winner of ninr state championships at the school, came under scrutiny for an alleged player recruitment violation and resigned his post. With all that behind him and in a new environment, Davidson is only looking forward in his playing career.

"I decided to come to Kansas State because of the family feeling I had when I visited the campus," Davidson said. "It a nice place where I can learn a lot and go far in life with the experience and be successful."

When Davidson graduated from Jenks last May, he went to Manhattan for the summer, but returned home in the fall.

"I spent a lot of my time in the house with my family," said Davidson. "I worked a job and worked out regularly."

Kansas State had four other grayshirt players in this year's class. Along with Davidson, Curry Sexton, Kason Hostrup, Kyle Klein, and Destin Mosley also waited until January to enroll. Now Davidson, as well as the others, look to compete for playing time.

"My goal is to make the travel team and get on the field," Davidson said of his freshman season. "I think of myself as a receiving tight end, but can create space with my blocking ability. I use my hands well at blocking inside.

"Whatever I can do to help the team, I will. They said they were short at defensive end, so I'm going to be playing there quite a bit this spring. Eventually, the plan is for me to be full-time at tight end."

Davidson said he's looking forward to working with Dana Dimel, who coaches both the running backs and the tight ends this season. Davidson's number with the Wildcats is No. 82.

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