Signing Day has been a long time coming for Da'Ron Davis.
A Class of 2017 wide receiver at Lee’s Summit North High School, Davis has been committed to the Missouri Tigers for so long that he committed to a different Missouri head coach while attending a different high school.
“I was committed with (Gary) Pinkel,” said Davis, who previously attended Hogan Prep High School in Kansas City, “and then he retired the next day after I committed.”
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound playmaker, Davis is the lone four-star prospect currently committed to Missouri and is the Tigers’ highest-rated recruit, ranking 231st nationally by Scout.com.
“There were a lot of schools that came up to the school, like Ole Miss and Memphis and stuff like that,” Davis said. “I told them that I’m a solid commit; I’m not going anywhere. They kind of respected it some. Some didn’t like it. But it is what it is. Missouri has just been with me for so long.”
“It went pretty good,” Davis said. “We had a lot of food. I’ve never ate like that in my life. That was probably the best food ever. It was just so much.”
Davis, who was hosted by sophomore defensive tackle Terry Beckner, had good food and also good company. He got the usual tour of campus and facilities and spent time with the coaching staff, including head coach Barry Odom and wide receivers coach Andy Hill, who also recruits the Kansas City area.
“It was pretty good experience for me and my family,” Davis said. “My little brothers and sister, they really loved the experience. My mom too.”
Davis also got to see a surprise familiar face on his visit.
Arkansas quarterback Taylor Powell, who was committed to Wake Forest at the time, took a quiet official visit the same weekend. Davis and Powell met each other months earlier at a camp in Kansas City and forged a friendship there.
“He was throwing me the ball,” Davis said. “When we were at the camp he wanted that Mizzou offer really bad. We kept it quiet (during his official visit) and then he committed after the official. We knew he was going to commit.”
After visiting Missouri, Powell decommitted from Wake Forest and pledged to the Tigers. Now he and Davis will get to be teammates with the Tigers.
“I like him a lot,” Davis said. “He can throw the ball really good. He’s really humble. He won the Arkansas player of the year, I think, two years in a row. I think he can give Drew (Lock) a run for his money.”
Davis and Powell, the lone quarterback commitment in this class, will be two of the headliners in the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class that makes it official on Wednesday.
The Kansas City area prospect is certainly ready to make his long-time commitment to Missouri official.
“I’ll be happy because coaches have been blowing my phone up, just trying to get me to decommit and take visits,” Davis said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s kind of stressful but it’s whatever.”
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