Davis to Army among four Blue Raiders moving on

Davis to Army among four Blue Raiders moving on

May 3rd, 2014 by Gene Henley in Sports - Preps

Cleveland's Tyler Davis (17) bends over backwards to make a catch in this file photo.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Tyler Davis liked the thought of following in his dad's footsteps. So he will be doing just that.

The standout wide receiver was one of four Cleveland High School football players who signed to continue their careers Friday at a ceremony in the Cleveland library. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Davis signed with Army, a Football Bowl Subdivision program at West Point, N.Y.

Fellow receiver D.J. Jones signed with Georgia Military Institute, and defensive tackle Tre'Var Moore commited to play at NCAA Division III North Carolina Wesleyan. In addition, quarterback Austin Herink announced that he has taken back his commitment from Memphis and will be a preferred walk-on at Middle Tennessee State.

Jones had 68 catches for 959 yards and 21 total touchdowns in 2013, while Herink had 3,411 yards and 35 passing scores while rushing for 11 TDs. Moore, who was a vital cog in the middle of the defense, had 26 total tackles and seven for loss for the Blue Raiders, who finished 10-4 and advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals.

"This is a sign that we had good players," Cleveland coach Ron Crawford said. "For them to get the opportunity to play at the next level, I'm just super proud for these guys. I had very little to do with it; they had everything to do with it by their work ethic, hard work and performance on the field.

"You can't give anybody anything -- they have to earn it -- and what I want to see them do now is make sure they hang in there, stay with it and make the most of their opportunity."

Davis, whose dad was in the military, had 50 catches for 1,170 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Blue Raiders in 2013, earning third-team Best of Preps honors. Also a standout track athlete, he feels that he could contribute immediately for the Black Knights as a kick returner and possibly as a receiver.

"I want to be able to serve as a military officer, as well as be able to get an amazing education and play for a Division I football program," Davis said. "This is all overwhelming because when you're growing up, you want to play for a Florida, a Tennessee or an Alabama, and now I'm getting to play at the same level as they are and I'll have the same chances as a program like Florida now."