Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville junior wide receiver Nick Davis had a breakout season in 2008, leading the Tarblooders in receiving and making several big plays in their run to the state championship game, where they lost 16-15 to Hilliard Davidson.
Davis, 5-10, 170-pounds, caught 38 passes for 627 yards, and scored six touchdowns in 2009.
"I had a very surprising season this year, and I had a bigger role than I thought I would have going into the season," Davis stated. "Being the leading receiver on this great team is an accomplishment in itself, considering all the talent we have."
A grueling winter workout schedule will keep this junior heavily involved in improving his talent, but this is one player that truly is an example of a "student-athlete", with the student part of that term coming first.
"My grades are what I'm the most proud of," he stated. "Getting a letter from Northwestern was a great highlight for me because it recognized my academic strength before my football playing ability. I'm working out with Mark Harris from Raw Talent, and we're working on speed training and I'm also trying to get my hands stronger. I ran a 4.43 forty-time last year and Mark keeps telling me we will have that under a 4.4 by this spring. I want to be the hardest worker out there, so my teammates will see that and look at me as a leader."
Davis played junior-varsity football as a sophomore, but Glenville head coach Ted Ginn recognized his talent and included him on the trip to San Antonio for the U. S. Army All-American underclass combine.
"I was shocked they invited me last year to go to San Antonio, to be honest," he admitted. "I was in the same group with (teammate) Christian Bryant and we both did really well. I made the All-Combine team, and I was named with Kyle Prater and Markeith Ambles as the receivers, and those guys are both big-time recruits. That trip to San Antonio gave me the confidence that I could play football with the best. This time I'm hoping to be named the top offensive player when we go back in January."
His talent has not gone unnoticed, and several schools have contacted Glenville head coach Ted Ginn about Davis.
"A lot of coaches have seen my film and are asking about me," he reported. "I was invited to go see a lot of college games last year, but I couldn't go because we played on so many Saturday nights. I was invited to games at Northwestern, Ohio University, Indiana, Syracuse and Michigan, and I like all those schools."
"I was able to get down to Ohio State for the USC game, and that was great." he stressed. "I've gotten to know both (assistant coach) Taver Johnson and the head coach, Jim Tressel, real well. Ohio State knows about me and what I can do, and now I need to prove myself over the next year that I'm good enough to play there. I will be going on the Raw Talent Bus Tour again and we will be going all across the country again, so I'm hoping to get a bunch of offers."