High School: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (FL)
Year: Redshirt freshman
Davis redshirted and focused on adding weight to his frame. He added nearly 40 pounds and kept his speed. He was awarded the Scout Team Defensive MVP honors for his efforts getting the offense ready each week.
“I just ate like everybody told me to,” said Davis. “Here at this school, you just eat. They got the food there.”
After failing to land an elite junior college defensive end, the staff is hopeful Davis' development can be fast tracked.
With less than three years of playing experience, the former Florida prep is extremely athletic. Greg McMullen move inside to defensive tackle and Jack Gangwish's graduation has two open holes in Nebraska's two-deep at defensive tackle. Davis is definitely in the mix, along with Sedrick King, A.J. Natter and Daishon Neal. The first team already looks locked in with Freedom Akinmoladun and Ross Dzuris.
“I’m not going to lie, when I came here I wanted to play,” said Davis, who quickly realized last year he had a ways to grow. “You get hit with reality. That’s what happened.”
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.”
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.