2015 Husker profile: Carlos Davis

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

Carlos Davis

Position: DT

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

High School: Blue Spring high school (MO)

Year: True Freshman

2014 review:
Scout.com four-star defensive tackle and the No. 19 in the country … overall the No. 201 player in the country … No. 3 player in the state of Missouri according to Scout.com … Davis finished with 64 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and 21 quarterback hurries … was named the by the Missouri Coaches Association the Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 … earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star last fall … the Wildcats finished 8-4 and made the third round of the Class 6 state playoffs in 2014.

2015 BRR projection:
Nebraska’s starting defensive tackles are two of the better ones in the Big Ten, meaning Davis will need to be extra special to play as a true freshman. With senior Kevin Williams and junior Kevin Maurice behind juniors Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins, the two-deep might be okay in 2014. Throw in Mick Stoltenberg who had a solid spring and a redshirt year for Davis’ development wouldn’t be a bad thing.

BRR Scouting Report: Two words summarize Davis’ game well: violent and active. He is very powerful and he does not stop fighting. He simply explodes through blockers and doesn’t have much issue driving double-teams backward. The most exciting part of his game is his violent, never-quit motor. Even when he is double-teamed, he doesn’t concede that he won’t make the play. He fights with terror until it is done. He is ferocious and relentless in his attack. He isn’t only powerful, though, as he has very good speed for a defensive tackle and runs around well enough to line up at defensive end on occasion. Davis is a lot more athletic than the average big body in the middle. Offensive linemen that are heavy-footed find it impossible to stop him. Once he adds a little more size, he can definitely become a defensive tackle that can do it all. – 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, Carlos never took an official visit to another school but Nebraska.

"Being in Lincoln is the best,” said Davis. “The town and atmosphere of the program was always incredible. That's the best part of the program, and how much support they have. We just built a large comfort level with everything about it. A game day at Nebraska and walking through the tunnel, and the environment always stood out to me."

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