When 2004 Sooner football signee Alan Davis turns 18 years old next Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder will have more than a birthday to celebrate.
That same day, he'll also walk across the stage of Tarrant County Convention Center and receive his diploma from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School.
"It'll be special," said Davis. "I'm ready to go on to a different kind of setting and meet new people."
Ten days later, Davis will officially arrive in Norman on June 1 and will participate in summer workouts for two weeks. He will room with incoming freshman wideout Quentin Chaney, who knows Davis from AAU basketball tournaments.
Davis will then check-in for Oil Bowl festivities on June 15 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The game will be played on Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m.
Although fellow 2004 signee Randy McAdams won't report to Norman until June 21 because of his Oil Bowl commitment, Davis said he can't afford to wait that long.
"I just want to get a head start on the rest of the guys," said Davis. "That might give me a good chance of playing (as a freshman)."
Since signing with the Oklahoma in February, Davis said most of his time has been dedicated to academics, workouts received from the Sooner coaching staff and trying to avoid the dreaded epidemic of "senioritis."
In the last two months, Davis's bench press has soared from 340 to 390 pounds, while his squat has skyrocketed from 550 to 650 pounds.
"The workouts have been difficult," he said. "It's been a lot of work. I mean a lot of work."
As for conditioning, Davis said he has been running several times weekly and playing pickup basketball games. He said he regrets not playing basketball this season, but is as confident as ever in his hoop skills.
"No one can hold me," said Davis. "If any of those players up at Oklahoma want to play me, I'm down for a game. It's whatever.
"I like to drive to the rack and I've got that mid-range jumper too. I'll leave that long-range stuff to the little kids, the guards."
Last month, Davis attended the Red-White game, which left him thoroughly excited about his Sooner future.
"It was awesome," he said. "The intensity and how hard they were hitting looked like a lot of fun. I'm ready to get in there and put some slobberknocker hits on people."
During that trip to Norman, Davis said he and Florida safety Brett Bowers became fast friends.
"We really clicked," said Davis. "I like him a lot. He seems like a fun guy."
In high school, Davis played both tight end and defensive end, but is being projected to play the latter position at Oklahoma.
"I really like that tight end spot, because I like to get the ball and show what I can do with it," he said. "But either way, as long as I get to play, I'm fine with it."
Because of Oklahoma's depth at defensive end, Davis is well aware that he will likely redshirt next season, but remains upbeat.
"I see that as a good thing," he said. "That'll give me that extra year to get my mind and body prepared."
By the end of this summer's workouts, Davis hopes to be able to squat in excess of 700 pounds and lower his forty time from 4.75 to 4.65.
Yet away from football, he's just as determined, especially in the classroom.
"I want to major in biology and get my minor in business," said Davis. "That way, when I come out of college I can be a dentist and have my own practice."
Davis ready to tackle new obstacles at OU
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