Akile Davis has always liked BYU, but the Cougars were falling behind in the pecking order for Davis, and they were falling fast.
San Diego State and Indiana (in no particular order) were the top two schools for the three-star wide receiver from Desoto, Texas as of last week according to a recent article with scout.com. BYU appeared to be a long shot at best. Then out of nowhere on Monday afternoon, Davis surprised everyone and pledged his commitment to BYU via Twitter.
Just committed to #BYU
— Akile Davis (@8_GoldenHands) August 4, 2014
Had you told me five years ago that recruits would be announcing their commitments using a thing called emojis, I would have said, come again? Needless to say, Cougar fans love the 100 emoji tonight as BYU has added their ninth commitment in the class of 2015.
Along with San Diego State and Indiana, Davis held offers from Maryland, Nevada, Toledo, North Texas, Bowling Green, and others.
One of the big turning points for Davis on BYU was talking with former BYU standout, Margin Hooks; who like Davis calls Texas home. Hooks came to BYU from Waco, TX and went on to be one of the school’s top receivers in career receiving yards (fifth all-time).
Davis gave the Deseret News’ Brandon Gurney a recap of his conversation with Hooks, and Davis had this to say:
“He let me know how it really was,” Davis related. “I mean, I had a bunch of thoughts about what I thought BYU was like, but I really didn’t know. Margin Hooks really helped change my whole perspective of the school and the program to the point where I really wanted to commit there.”
As a junior for DeSoto, Davis recorded 33 receptions for 407 yards, and five touchdowns for an Eagles squad that was considered one of the top 25 teams in the entire country.
According to ESPN.com, Davis’ SPARQ testing results include a 4.62 40-time, 28.9” vertical jump, and 4.34 in the 20-yard shuttle.
Davis is now entering his senior year at DeSoto where the Eagles are considered one of the top teams in the country again. BYU will have to fight off new suitors I’d imagine who will try to get in on Davis late in the recruiting process, because he looks poised to have another solid year for DeSoto.
This is another feather in the recruiting cap of wide receiver coach, Guy Holliday. Since coming to BYU, Holliday has transformed the wide receiver position overnight it seems. If BYU is going to compete with these national schedules, they have to continue getting athletes at the skill positions. Holliday is doing everything he can to give BYU that opportunity, and Davis is the latest player to confirm the recruiting changes at BYU.