Visit Signing Day Central for up-to-the-second signing day news!
After a surprise verbal commitment in August, Akile Davis made it official today as he signed his Letter of Intent with the BYU Cougars.
Davis is a 6-foot-1 receiver out of DeSoto, Texas. Rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports, he was recruited by TCU, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Indiana, Bowling Green, North Texas, and San Diego State. As a top 200 receiver in the country, and a player that has speed to spread the field, Davis could have the opportunity to play early in the Cougars spread offense.
Davis committed to the Cougars after being recruited by receivers coach Guy Holiday and seeing the passion Holiday had for the game. Coach Holiday was able to show Davis what opportunities he would have in the BYU offense and program, helping make his decision.
Another aspect to his recruiting was the time he spent talking with former Cougar receiver Margin Hooks. Hooks was able to share with Davis his experiences at BYU and combined with the football tradition, the overall program, and the education received at BYU, it became clear to Davis that he wanted to play for the Cougars.
Davis is looking to make an immediate impact. His high school runs a fast tempo offense as well and so he will be well accustomed and conditioned for the Cougars offense, and it doesn't hurt that he runs the 400m in track. The hard working receiver will need to work to make the coaches throw playing time his way, but if he can make that impression he could play a big part of the Cougars long ball plans.
Davis will be expecting just as much, if not more, out if himself than the coaches will as he first and foremost wants to help the team in any way he can, but being one of the leading receivers and a freshman All-American are something he is shooting for, and expects.
Take a look at his Maxpreps highlights below from his sophomore season (look for #8 in Green):