Carl Davis woke up Sunday morning and looked at the calendar. He started thinking about his future, which quickly approached.
"I'm really looking forward to playing football again," the Iowa recruit from Michigan said. "It's been a long time since I smacked some pads. This is a new chapter of my life."
Whether his book of life continues with the Hawkeyes this season still is up in the air, however. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive tackle must qualify academically.
Davis said his core course work is fine. He's a point short on the ACT. He's shooting to make the grade with the SAT, which he took on Saturday. He'll wait two weeks for the results, needing an 820 to get to Iowa.
"I feel like I'm due," Davis said. "I've really worked hard. This week, I locked myself in my room to get ready for the test (SAT). I feel like I'm on the edge of the bridge and just need to take one more step to get on land."
If the results he receives in two weeks fall short of the required number, Davis has two more shots to make the grade. There's an SAT on June 5 and an ACT on June 12.
"That's why I feel like I'm due with the one I just took," he said. "Those dates (June 5 and 12) are important to me. I feel confident that the results will be with me, especially in math."
The state track meet is scheduled for June 5 and Davis' high school graduation is a week later. He's enjoying a excellent season in the discus and shot put and even runs the 200 meters on occasion.
"I'm undefeated in the discus (150 feet is personal record) and have only lost once in the shot (50 feet, 2 inches is PR)," Davis said.
If Davis makes the grade, there's a good chance Iowa fans will see him on the field this fall. Iowa's starting tackles, Karl Klug and Christian Ballard, will be seniors and the coaches likely would break in Davis for 2011.
"I've talked to Coach K (Kaczenski) and he told me they'd like to get my feet wet," Davis said. "I probably wouldn't get a lot of playing time, but I could get a feel for the next level and then hopefully get a chance to start as a (true) sophomore."
Davis plans to arrive in Iowa City on June 26 and get to work with the Hawkeye lifting program and speed and agility training.
"I'm in pretty good shape now but not at the level I'll need to be to play Big Ten football," he said.
Scout.com ranks Davis as a three-star recruit on it's five-star scale. He's rated as the 54th best DT in the country in the Class of 2010. He chose Iowa over offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois and Kansas.
Davis posted seven sacks as a junior and dropped the quarterback four times through the first six games of 2009.