Davis, Kelly NFL Bound?

From the beginning of August, James Davis said he was coming back for his senior season of football. He even reiterated it in November, saying he was going to try to convince every other junior to return for what could be a national championship season. What a difference two months make.

It turns out that not only are there as many as three juniors set to declare for the NFL Draft in April, but that Davis could be one of them.

Davis is meeting with head football coach Tommy Bowden Wednesday, when the running back is expected to inform Bowden that he plans on declaring early for the NFL Draft.

Even so, he still has until Jan. 15, to change his mind. According to the Charleston Post & Courier, Davis has informed teammates of his intent to leave.

However, in an interview with CUTigers.com late Tuesday night, Davis said that he "hasn't made a final decision."

He said he will get to campus sometime around 11 a.m., Wednesday, and meet with Bowden a short time after.

"I'm going to wait to announce my decision until after I meet with Coach Bowden," Davis said. "I haven't told anybody anything. I haven't spoken to anybody but my family."

Other than Davis, it appears that defensive end Phillip Merling is going to leave early, too. He has told his grandfather and family members that he is leaving early. That's not all that surprising.

But what is somewhat out of left field is the very real possibility that receiver Aaron Kelly will be leaving early for the pros. He, too, has told teammates that he is leaving early.

"That was one of the biggest surprises out of all of them," Davis said of Kelly opting to leave Clemson.

Like Merling and Davis, Kelly wasn't at the team meeting Tuesday afternoon. But in a conversation with his mother late Tuesday night, she told CUTigers.com that there was mix up with the time of the meeting and that her son is on campus.

When asked if Kelly was leaving for the NFL, she said she didn't want to announce her son is going pro because she wanted Kelly to address the media himself.

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