"I'm just excited to have competition to see how well I can do because I've never really pushed myself before, I don't think, to my potential," Davis said. "Going to USC, it doesn't scare me at all. The competition excites me more than anything, and I'm going to be training daily with some of the top sprinters in the nation, so that excites me too." Nike Air Force 1 High Top All Black
Airports, in most instances, are tolerable at best. They are occupational hazards one passes through in order to reach an intended destination a prerequisite to arriving somewhere else, some place infinitely more desirable. For Jerayah Davis, though, Los Angeles International Airport was the port of entry that helped solidify where she'd continue her illustrious track career over the next four years.
Davis said the sense of family USC projected was the defining advantage that swayed her decision. Last year's state champion in three individual events also made visits to Tennessee, Kansas State, San Diego State and Arizona, but no other school, she said, made her feel as welcome the Trojans.
KW's Jerayah Davis runs at USC opportunity
The Kelly Walsh senior and two time Gatorade Wyoming Girls Track Athlete of the Year officially signed with Southern California on Wednesday, marking the third Trojans Nike Force High
The weather of Southern California also attracted Davis, who's had to Nike Air Force White
practice along the tile hallways of Kelly Walsh during the treacherous Wyoming winters. Attending USC will allow her to train outdoors year round, which the Trojans hope results in a considerable drops in her already impressive times.
"As soon as I walked into LAX, I was so amazed by everything," Davis said, wearing a black blouse with a brown belt and matching brown boots next to her mother, Jodi, in Kelly Walsh's library. "And then when we actually got to the school, everybody was just like, 'Jerayah!' They knew me already and they made me feel cool and like I was already a part of their little family."
runner in the last seven years to join a Pac 12 program.
"Visiting with USC coach [Caryl Smith Gilbert], she was impressed with her times because they came in Wyoming," Kelly Walsh girls track coach Kevin Williams said. "And another coach said, 'You know, that girl's pretty special because she's,' as he called it, 'California fast.' I think she can compete there."
Davis won three state titles last year in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.12 seconds, the 200 in 23.79 and 400 in 55.73 to help lead Kelly Walsh to a second place finish at the Class 4A state meet. Her time in the 100 ranked 16th in the country, and she also earned second place in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.5 inches.
David credited USC athletic director Pat Haden's emphasis on the Trojans' close knit appeal, which was demonstrated by her meeting not only with the sprinters, like her other suitors, but also the distance runners, jumping crew and basketball teams.
"The successful part is important, obviously," Davis said of USC, which has placed in the top 10 of the NCAA track and field championships 12 times. "But more because, the team I come from now, Air Force One High Wheat we're very family oriented. So when I was there and they were talking about family it was like, 'Oh, it's like the same thing that I'm from."
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