November 7, 2008

Rivals250 receiver interested in a few programs

Historically, Dallas Skyline has been a perennial power among the Metroplex Class 5A schools, making the playoffs on an annual basis. In the last few years, they've finally surpassed Carter as the top dog among programs in Dallas ISD. However, Skyline tended to run out of steam in the early rounds of the playoffs, sometimes losing even though the Raiders had multiple Division I signees scattered throughout their roster.

This began changing when Reginald Samples was brought in from Class 4A power Dallas Lincoln. Samples led Lincoln to the Class 4A finals in 2004 which was the deepest run than any team from the city had made in years. Samples' directive was to get Skyline to play to its potential and to build a state title contender there as he had at Lincoln. The coach had a tremendous impact lasts season by taking the Raiders to the district title and into the state quarterfinals before a loss to Plano sent them back home.

In the off season, Samples went back to the drawing board. Skyline had always fielded dominant defenses but had trouble staying with programs that could throw the ball and score points while coming close to matching the Raiders' talent level. As a result, Samples installed the spread offense and actually got his team into some 7-on-7 tournaments during the summer. At the Plano 7-on-7 tournament - Skyline's first such competition ever - they came within one win of qualifying for the state tournament and routed the same Plano team that had beaten them in the playoffs,

Skyline has benefited this season as a team by going 8-1 and earning another playoff berth. However, despite the change, they couldn't have done it without the efforts of someone like junior wide receiver Mike Davis. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Davis has caught 40 passes for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and provides Skyline with a significant deep threat by averaging over 20 yards per catch.

"I have an ability to run routes and separate from defenders," he said. "I have good hands and I make big plays. I'm not that big and need to get stronger, though."

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