A few days ago, Knile Davis' friends and teammates got together for a little going-away party for him.
That's because unlike most of them, Davis (6-1, 212, 4.4) – a Razorback football commit - is done with his requirements at Fort Bend Marshall (Texas) High and will start college at the University of Arkansas in January instead of next fall.
That will give the tailback not only a head start in the classroom, but the ability to go through conditioning and spring practice.
"I am really looking forward to getting up there, starting to get chemistry to with the other players, start learning the offense, putting on about 10 pounds and just doing everything I can to play next season and helping the team win," Davis said. "I think it really is going to be a major benefit for me."
Davis, who has plans to arrive in Fayetteville on Jan. 8, feels like he is due some good fortune after having his last two high school seasons curtailed by injuries.
He suffered a broken collarbone after plying just 3 games as a junior and broke his ankle while getting horse-collared in the second game of his senior season.
"Man, I have got to figure that something good is ahead for me after going through these last two seasons," Davis said. "I am due some good luck after this adversity.
"One thing I do think about is that I probably wouldn't have been able to graduate early and be going to Arkansas now if I had not gotten hurt this season," Davis added. "It's like I told the guys at our little get-together, you have got to look forward and not look back and think about what might have been."
Davis had 432 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior and 100-plus just a few plays into that fateful second game this season.
"He is a legit 6-1 and weighs 212 pounds, runs a 4.4 and also runs a legit 21.6 in the 200-meter dash," Marshall head coach Daryl Phipps said. "He is big and fast. He is very explosive and averaged 9.8 yards per carry for us. He is an extremely sharp young man and the kind of kid you just love to be around as well as love to have on the field."
He chose Arkansas over Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma after taking his one official visit to Fayetteville.
That was until last weekend, when he went to the University of Houston with friend Victor Spikes – who is headed to Utah - and teammate Jared Pickett, a UH pledge.
"I just went over there with them for the weekend, but I am coming to Arkansas," Davis said. "That was never any doubt. I am a man of my word and I have never looked back after committing to Arkansas. I am certain it is the place for me."
Davis, who took his official visit to see Arkansas host Alabama, got a chance to see the Razorbacks' 31-30 win over LSU over television and was thrilled with the outcome.
"We (the Razorbacks) fought real hard the whole game and never gave up," Davis said. "That's the type of team I want to be a part of and the kind of guys I want to play alongside."
Davis has been working hard at his rehab.
"I rehabbed three times a week and it is really feeling good," Davis said. "I am almost fully healthy now. In fact, I went out and ran a 4.6 (40-yard dash) the other day. It's just a matter of time before I am back down to 4.4."
He got a visit from Arkansas coaches last week.
"They told me that I had a chance to come in and play, but that I had to come in and compete like everybody else," Davis said. "I am planning on coming in and fighting as hard as I can to get playing time and to make our team better."
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