2015 Husker profile: Khalil Davis

Big Red Report continues to profile all 85 scholarship players in 2015. How will true freshman defensive lineman Khalil Davis factor into the mix?

Khalil Davis

Position: DL

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 265-pounds

High School: BLUE SPRING HS (MO)

Year: True Freshman

2014 review:
Rated the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Davie tallied 60 tackles, including 36 for loss and 9.5 sacks. His played earned him a first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Missouri High School Coaches Association. He was also an All-Metro player by the Kansas City Star last fall.

2015 preview:
Similar to his brother Carlos, Davis is a future starter waiting to happen at the defensive tackle spot, but likely will have to wait his turn behind Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine. Davis is talented enough to get snaps right away, but the position might lend itself to a redshirt – especially because we felt senior Kevin Williams looked like a starter in the fall on the second-team unit. Throw in Kevin Maurice and Mick Stoltenberg and the Huskers look like they have the depth to avoid playing Kahlil early. What he does have going for him is that he can play multiple spots, which might enable him to crack the lineup more quickly.

BRR Scouting Report: Davis is a hard worker on the inside who doesn’t make life easy for an offensive lineman. He has a no-quit attitude to go with his high motor. He is athletic in his movement and uses a variety of moves to get into the backfield. He knows how to use his hands pretty well to get rid of blockers so he can make the play on the ball. He needs to keep his balance better, but that is something that can be learned and developed. His aggressiveness serves him very well and puts him in the middle of a lot of plays. Davis also has good form and stays low when bringing down a ball carrier. Very rarely does someone slip through him, as he wraps up and has enough strength to take care of business. – Matt Svoboda, Big Red Report Contributor

How he ended up in Lincoln: The junior had offers from Arizona State, Oregon, TCU, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri. While he flirted with the Tigers late in the process after the firing of Bo Pelini and staff, Khalil never took an official visit to another school but Nebraska.

"I love the family feel you get there. The stadium is beautiful and takes your breath away,” said Davis. “They've been a great program over the years and I aim to do my part to continue that. There's no doubt I've picked the best school for me. The atmosphere in Lincoln is like no other.

“The coaches talked about how they see us fitting in with the defense and how they like us at the three-technique in the 4-3...They will run some 3-4 stuff on situation; I think we could also play in that scheme on the inside or outside."


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