And he still plays, too. All 6-foot-4, 330 pounds of him.
"I played goalie and forward," he said. "I usually ended up playing forward a lot, because I'm a lot, believe it or not, my ball skills are a lot higher than most people would expect."
Davis played soccer for three years at Chester High School. He missed out on his senior season because of an early enrollment at Clemson, to join the American football team.
Amazingly enough, when Davis arrived to Clemson in January of 2010, he tipped the scales at 375. He weighed 355 at the start of preseason camp last year.
"I changed my diet," he said. "I came in and had Dr. [Loreto] Jackson working with me as the nutritionist. She put me on a very good program."
Plenty of time on the treadmill and a little bit of the beautiful game helped, too.
"I also played a lot of soccer when I was able to rehab my back. I played a lot of soccer in intramurals," Davis said.
The back injury, which forced him to sit out last season, is "holding up great."
|"He's a different dude. It's night and day," said head coach Dabo Swinney, when asked about Davis' progress over the past year.|
Davis is also listed as the second left guard on the depth chart.
"He's a different dude. It's night and day," said head coach Dabo Swinney, when asked about Davis' progress over the past year. "He's still a big man. I'm hoping that [Spencer] Region is going to make that same transition that Kalon is making. Region is physically not where he needs to be, just like Kalon [was].
"Kalon, last year, even where he was when he came in here, he could move, bend. We were excited about him. Then, he got hurt."
For Davis, the injury wasn't much of a deterrent.
"It allowed me to concentrate on my weight," he said.
And that was still a priority, even if he was 20 pounds slimmer.
Forty-five pounds and countless hours of work later, in 18 days, the leaner, meaner Davis will get his first opportunity for playing time.
"I'm proud of him...he just looks like a totally different guy," Swinney said.