Eastern Arizona DE Tyrone Davis

After a promising high school career that ended with a commitment to his hometown school, DE Tyrone Davis didn't meet the qualifications to enroll so he headed to Dixie State hoping to play two seasons and then head to a four-year school.

When Dixie decided to jump to Division two, Davis, along with a number of other players were left searching for a new place to call home and he ended up heading to Scottsdale where he played as a redshirt freshman for Eastern Arizona and now he's ready to hit the recruiting trail after a 7-4 season with the Gila Monsters.

"I don't graduate until May so a lot of the schools are just starting to talk to me," Davis said.  "Hawaii has been recruiting me a lot and Washington State have been talking to me pretty recently.

"Actually coach (Carl) Peterson from WSU talked to my dad the other day and that was pretty exciting because they're a Northwest school and it's from my home state."

Davis originally committed to Washington out of high school and the Huskies have maintained a modicum of contact, but Davis said it's tough for JC guys at times.

"Their qualifications are harder than other places with the credits transferring," Davis said.  "I originally signed with them and my brother (Desmond) goes there so I'm going to give them a strong look again.

"Coach (Randy) Hart said they're interested, but they have some other things they're looking at so I'm not sure what is going to happen there.  I got a lot of pressure to sign there out of high school and now I can really take a look at things and see what is best for me, whether it's Washington or somewhere else."

Davis finished his season with 45 tackles, seven sacks and nine tackles for loss while playing with his hand on the ground at strongside defensive end and in a standup spot at outside linebacker.

"I played defensive end my whole life and then they said I could drop back and I was like ‘Hey – I'm ready'," Davis said with a laugh.  "It was pretty weird at first, but I got used to it and I got a pick so that was pretty fun actually."

Davis sports a chiseled physique and, at the beginning of the season, he posted a 4.64 forty time at 250 pounds.  Now that he's dropped back down to 235 pounds he said he might have dropped his speed as well.

"Me and some linebackers and a safety were messing around one day and we ran against each other and I beat them which made them kinda mad," Davis said sheepishly.  "Our egos kinda get the better of us on stuff like that, but it was all in fun and I just feel really light right now and that I have really improved my speed.  That's why I'm really looking forward the combines because I want to show how fast I can be."

Davis said while he likes the attention from the schools showing him the most, Oregon State is a school who had shown interest before the season and that he hopes to hear from Boise State soon.

"I have a friend who goes to school up there and they're a northwest school too," Davis said.  "I'm anxious to get out and get going on recruiting, but things will happen when they need to."

Davis will have three years to play three wherever he ends up.


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