December 10, 2012

WR Corey Davis flying under the radar

One of the interesting recruitments of the 2013 class has been wide receiver Corey Davis from Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South. Interesting because at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he has flown way under the radar, and interesting because he is also the younger brother of current Chippewa wide receiver Titus Davis.

After picking up an early offer from Illinois State as a junior, Davis's recruitment was expected to take off, and it briefly did. Following a 7-on-7 tournament at Notre Dame, Davis earned an offer from the Fighting Irish, but it has since vanished as he informed ChippewaCountry that Illinois State is currently his only offer. Miami (OH), Indiana, Michigan State and Western Michigan are the schools that have shown the most interest, and Davis indicated he will start taking official visits in January.

As for the Chippewas?

"I talked to their coach a lot, Coach (Kirby) Cannon," added Davis. "I'm definitely looking at them, but I really haven't heard much from them in awhile. I've been up to CMU a few times to watch my brother play, and I liked it a lot. They have a real nice campus, and I definitely would look at Central Michigan if the interest picked up again."

With Davis following in the footsteps of his brother, he invariably gets compared to Titus. We put him on the spot and asked him who was the better high school player, and he was quick to answer.

"In high school, it was Titus. He had a really good senior season and they were real successful that season winning the state title. He also had a lot more touchdowns than I did. I think Titus and I are both real unpredictable on the field, we are really quiet and just go out and make plays. As for differences, coach has told me I'm a little more explosive than he was, where he is type who always went deep down the field."

A humble player, Davis described himself as "determined and hard working" on the field. He would need that positive and workmanlike attitude after his teams disappointing season. The Tigers returned a good chunk of their team, and many thought they would simply reload following a 10-4 record in 2011, and of course the two state titles in 2009 and 2010. But what followed was a 4-5 season as the team failed to qualify for the state playoffs.

"You know, senior season was kind of a roller coaster," said Davis. "We had some young guys and had to bring up some players to play, it was just a rough season. And obviously we didn't make playoffs, so that was tough to handle."

We will make sure to stay in touch with Davis as the recruiting season draws closer to signing day. His recruitment is one of the bigger mysteries in the state of Illinois, as 6-foot-3 receivers with his blend of size and speed simply are not available in abundance. With the in and out status of CMU commitments at wide receiver, there may now be a spot for him should the Chippewas look to add one more. Both Da'Mario Jones (Michigan) and Joe Morrow (San Diego St.) have decommitted, and only Wesley Thomas has been added.

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