CONNECTICUT ELITE FOOTBALL

Get to know UCONN commit Tyler Davis

By Daniel Ingham
NY Staff Writer
Published: 08/25/2014

As high schools all over Long Island open up summer football camp today, one player has higher expectations than most heading into the 2014 season. Quarterback Tyler Davis of Wellington C. Mepham High School is already committed to the University of Connecticut as he enters his highly anticipated senior season, and will look to add to his memorable career.

Davis has been the starting quarterback for the Pirates since he was a sophomore. In his first season as the starting quarterback, the 10th grader led Mepham to the playoffs. “Tyler played beyond his years as a sophomore and showed flashes of how dominant a player he could become,” said Anthony Cracco, the head football coach. “He is the hardest worker I have had the pleasure of coaching. He is dedicated and loves the game. He tries to improve in every phase of the game each and every day.”

Davis has all the strengths a quarterback needs to execute at a high level. Davis is listed at 6-4 and has a big time arm. He is an accurate passer with a strong arm, but also has the ability to change the game with his speed. “Tyler has the ability to dominate a game with his arms or his legs. He has the ability to run over 6-4 220-pound defenders and the athleticism to make defenders miss in the open field,” said Cracco. “His intelligence and knowledge of the game allows him to make good decisions and put us in a good position to win. He is the complete package.”

Off the field, Davis is no different. He leads by example and is always there to support his teammates. Head coach Anthony Cracco has a much easier job when the leader of his team has the type of character Davis does. “Tyler is a leader on the field, in the hallways, and everywhere else. He is the first player in the building each day and always the last to leave. Tyler makes everyone feel a part of Pirate football. He takes young players under his wing and helps them feel a part of the program. He is the type of young man you want to have as an ambassador to your program.”

Davis looks to take the next step in the maturation of young quarterback this season. The University of Connecticut commit will have more flexibility in the play calling. Mepham’s spread offense will allow Davis to dictate and call plays at the line of scrimmage in their fast paced offense. Mepham looks to ride the play of their talented quarterback to the playoffs and crown themselves Nassau County Champions. The Pirates open the season on September 13, against H. Frank Carey High School.