"Because I'm from California, I was interested [in the Cal offer]," Davison said. "I want to be close to home. I let Northwestern know I was committed to them. I knew the consequences were that I could lose my scholarship. I decided to let them pull the offer."
Davison, a standout at Crespi Carmelite (Calif.) High School, received the Golden Bears' offer on Tuesday, and will visit Berkley.
While Davison hoped to stay committed to Northwestern, he understands what a commitment means.
"I understand that's how it is," Davison said. "I wish they didn't pull it, but their philosophy is: you're either in or out."
Davison gave Northwestern his verbal commitment in November, weeks shy of a scheduled official visit. He cited the school's academic prestige as his primary reason for the early decision. His list of offers also includes Boise State, Colorado State, Iowa State, Navy, San Diego State, and Wyoming.
The next step for Davison is the visit at Cal; then, he will decide whether other schools will enter the mix.
Having the Northwestern offer taken off the table was a disappointment, but he recognizes the circumstances.
"I didn't want them to pull it, but it made my decision easier, now," he said. "Northwestern is a good school. I probably would have done well at both schools. But I wanted to see what Cal offers me".