Central Michigan coach Dan Enos says Jerrod Davis is a 'great talent with tremendous upside.' (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Jerrod Davis made the most of his short time with Portage Central’s football program, helping the Mustangs reach the Division 2 state semifinals.
Davis, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back, set school records for rushing yards (1,700), TDs (31) and points (190) in his lone season at the school after transferring from Detroit King.
“Jerrod came to school here last year at this time, moving in with his aunt and uncle,” Portage Central coach Mick Enders said of Davis. “He said he played running back (at King). He did a great job for us and had a tremendous year, leading us in yards and touchdowns while averaging 10 yards a carry.”
Now, Davis will move on to Central Michigan, where he was among the 18-member class, 12 of those coming from the state of Michigan.
Davis has big-play ability, displayed by his 95-yard TD kickoff return against St. Joseph and a 71-yard TD run on fourth down to give Portage Central a 28-21 lead in an eventual 42-21 playoff win over Farmington Hills Harrison. He ran for 226 yards and three TDs against Harrison.
“He’s a great talent with tremendous upside,” Central coach Dan Enos said. “He has great speed, balance and explosiveness.
“This class continues the trend of bringing in student-athletes with great character who excel both athletically and academically. We filled some definite needs with this class, especially at tight end and defensive end.”
Mitch Stanitzek of Grand Rapids West Catholic is one of those tight end/defensive ends Enos is talking about. He had 17 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
Enos will also be looking for big things from Amari Coleman of New Lothrop, Devon Spalding of Westland John Glenn and 6-6, 240-pound defensive end Alex Neering of Essexville-Garber.
“(Coleman) is a punt returner who plays with great explosiveness and Devon (Spalding) is a guy who was under the radar, rushing for 1,700 yards in his first year as a running back,” Enos said. “Alex Neering is another guy with great potential. He plays with toughness.”
Neering is looking forward to playing for the Chippewas.
“I really like the coaches since they are down to earth and easy to talk with,” Neering said. “I feel we have some good players, good people in the program and I’m ready to go. I feel I have a good punch off the line and have good pursuit of the ball all over the field.”
Coleman (No. 35) and Neering (No. 60) are among seven CMU recruits who were among the 60 on The News Blue Chip list. Tight end Clay Walderzak (Standish Sterling, No. 39), defensive back/running back Trent Grimes (Flint Powers, No. 41), quarterback/defensive back Alex Briones (Ishpeming, No. 46), lineman Brandon Keen (Waterford Lakes, No. 56) and tight end/defensive end Nate Brisson-Fast (Ferndale, No. 57) are the others.
The Chippewas have been bowl-eligible the last two years after going 3-9 in Enos’ first two seasons (2010, 2011). They won the Little Caesars Bowl and finished 7-6 in 2012, then went 6-6 last season with a 5-3 record in MAC play.