High School: Blue Spring high school (Missouri)
Year: Redshirt freshman
Focusing on adding weight, Khalil never seemed like a candidate to play early in 2015, unlike his brother Carlos. Davis added nearly 30 pounds to his frame and spent his time learning on the scout team.
Thought to be a contender for the two-deep heading into the spring, by practice No. 12 Davis was getting first-team reps during Greg McMullen’s absence. Now McMullen is gone and so is Kevin Williams, meaning Khalil has an excellent chance to start in 2016 alongside Kevin Maurice.
"I've gotten better in the last couple weeks than I did the whole last fall," Davis said nearly the completion of spring practices in April.
Davis’ goal in the spring was to see how he stacked up with the first team and said it was a learning experience – especially squaring off against Jerald Foster on the offensive line.
"He's going to make me better, and sometimes I get him, and he knows it. So he doesn't let it happen. He's helping me get better. I'm helping him."
Davis will for sure be in the Huskers two-deep this fall, but will likely battle with his brother, Mick Stoltenberg, and possibly Peyton Newell for the starting spot. Judging by his first-team reps, he might be the most logical choice. Nebraska could also explore a junior college late qualifier or senior graduate transfer, but Davis would be at least ahead early in fall camp when it came to the Huskers’ defensive system.
Don’t be surprised to see him logging a start against Fresno State.
How he ended up in Lincoln: Rated the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com in the 2015 class, 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.
Davis 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 at the time of his final commitment. “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."