Davis Looking for Fresh Start

Runey Davis grew up hoping to have the chance to be a Texas Longhorn. Davis signed with UT out of Georgetown high school and turned down the Pittsburgh Pirates' offer after the major league club selected him in the 11th round. After a difficult freshman year in Austin, Davis is looking for greener pastures.

Davis recently elected to transfer away from the Longhorn program. He was recently granted his release and permission to speak with other programs in hopes of landing a spot.

"I really just didn't want to have another year where I didn't have a chance to play," said Runey. "I had one at bat last year, so it was difficult. I had a rough summer and I just felt like I was getting behind. I wasn't guaranteed a spot or anything like that, so I just want to make a fresh start."

Davis began his quest for that fresh start last weekend when he visited Mississippi State University.

"I went over and visited Mississippi State on Saturday," said the former All-State selection. "I liked it a lot over there. The have a new head coach (John Cohen) and a new coaching staff there, so everybody is real energetic.

"I had a chance to meet with some of the players and all of them told me that they had improved while they had been there. It was a good visit."

Runey enjoyed his time in Starkville, but he is not certain just yet if the Bulldog baseball program is right for him.

"I really haven't thought about it a lot," said Runey of selecting his new college destination. "I am just not in a big rush to do anything. Mississippi State is the only school I have talked to so far."

Despite not being in a rush to decide, Davis has not ruled out the possibility of signing in the early signing period.

"Mississippi State told me that they are not in a rush for me to decide," said Runey. "My mom and I need to talk about some things before I make a decision. I could just wake up in the morning and decide what I want to do. It could happen that fast, but I just don't know right now."

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