2015 Husker profile: Alex Davis

Florida prep Alex Davis is extremely raw at the defensive end spot. Can he make an impact in year one? We continue to look at all 85 scholarship players on the roster.

Alex Davis

Position: DE

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5/260-pounds

High School: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (FL)

Year: Junior

2014 review:
Davis was the Defensive MVP of Florida International's camp and was the Defensive Lineman of the Day at a Miami camp … his play helped the Panthers finish 7-4 in the Florida Class 7A ranks … played for Jack Daniels at Dwyer high school … also plays basketball for the Panthers, averaging 11.4 points and more than seven rebounds per game as a junior.

2015 preview:

The Nebraska defensive end spot is a concern heading into 2015, with numbers but not a lot of experience. While it’s very unlikely Davis’ game would be ready for that type of jump, he is going into his freshman season with the mentality that anything can happen.

“I definitely see it as a process, I only played one year of football. It’s definitely a process going out and learning everyday, listening to the coaching staff,” said Davis. “But at my position it’s thin. I’m going to go up there, practice hard everyday, listen to the coaches, and whatever happens is going to be for the best. They are going to take care of me.”

BRR projection: For Davis to get on the field and be effective, he will need to add size. He's going to have to add around 30 pounds and keep his quickness and speed. Because of that need for size, he needs time in the system to get ready. Expect Davis to take a redshirt and figure more into the plans on defense in 2-3 years. Don’t be surprised if Davis is considered one of the biggest steals in the country in four to five years. He’s got a long way to go, but the tools are there.

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Davis had nearly a double-digit offer list, consisting mostly of smaller schools. The Huskers’ biggest competition was Pittsburgh, who along with Nebraska started recruiting Davis extremely hard in the last week of recruiting. Davis had already solidified his itinerary with Mike Riley's staff for the last official weekend, preventing Pat Narduzzi's staff from having a legitimate shot without hosting him on campus. Davis’ offer list also included Temple, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, and Georgia Southern.

"My trip to Lincoln was great. Nebraska has the best of everything that I've seen. (I liked the) campus, football facilities, weight room and stadium… It's like a dream come true,” said Davis at the time of his commitment. “I worked really hard and it paid off for me. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm ready for the challenge… They told me that there was a player (Randy Gregory) that is going to be a first-round pick that left early. They said that they compared me to him and said that they plan to use me the same way that he played.”

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