London Davis Reflects on Mizzou Commitment

Cahokia, Illinois, tight end London Davis entered his visit to Mizzou last weekend armed with double digit offers and a list of favorites that didn't include Missouri. So what, exactly, occurred to prompt the promising 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior to abruptly commit to MU? He broke it down for Inside Mizzou:


"Everything was great," said Davis, the No. 36 tight end in the country. "The facilities were all brand new. I hadn't seen anything like that anywhere else. It's important to be surrounded by the best things.

"The coaching staff made me feel really good. I talked to Coach Pinkel and he said even if I didn't chose Missouri, he wanted to see me do well. He was real honest, down to earth," he continued.

Davis could play either tight end or defensive end at Mizzou. He prefers tight end and said the staff will give him his first shot at the position.

"They have the best tight ends in the country. That was big. I can go there and follow in their footsteps," he said. "I got to talk to [Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker] a little bit."

That's not to say he wouldn't be valuable elsewhere on the field. He's versatile for his size and could potentially play either side of the line of tight end doesn't work out.

"The only thing he didn't do for us was return punts and kicks," said Cahokia coach Antwyne Golliday. "He can play anywhere."

Davis had double-digit offers and was previously favoring Illinois and Northern Illinois. But his Mizzou trip turned his recruitment upside down, and with MU's open scholarships dwindling, he jumped on the chance. What did his family think of his snap decision?

"My mom and dad, they love it. My coaches, they love it too," said Davis, who plans to major in physical therapy and minor in elementary education.

Asked what his biggest strength is on the field, Davis said: "I lead by example. I go to work every day. When they see me, they're gonna go to work."

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