QB Cliff Davis

Eupora native Cliff Davis, who signed a football scholarship with Alabama in 2003 after a standout prep career as a quarterback, but opted to try professional baseball with the Houston Astros, visited with the Rebel grid coaches today and has decided to attend Ole Miss and play for the Rebs. Read about it inside.

Cliff Davis, a 21-year old, 6-5 225-pound quarterback from Eupora fresh out of pro baseball, visited with the Ole Miss grid coaches today and has opted to play college football with the Rebels the next four/five years.

"Ole Miss is where I wanted to go all along. I'm very excited about this opportunity," said Davis after meeting this morning with Head Coach Ed Orgeron and Offensive Coordinator Dan Werner. "Coach O and Coach Werner didn't get into a lot of the football talk today. I just told them I would be here in the summer after I get enrolled in the next week or so and that I would be ready to get to work. They made sure I understood everything I needed to do in the process of walking on. They were great."

Davis, the subject of a lot of internet message board threads in the last month, signed a football scholarship with Alabama in 2003 but opted to try his hand at professional baseball as a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization. That lasted three seasons, but hit a brick wall recently when he was released from his Astros' contract.

Since then he has been trying to secure his release from the Crimson Tide for several weeks. That release came through yesterday.

"Alabama was very nice to me, but they did try to talk me into coming there," said Cliff. "I told them Ole Miss was in my heart and they sent my release yesterday. They were good about it."

As a prep football player, Cliff threw for over 2,000 yards and 31 TDs as a senior and was recruited by a lot of schools, but most of his suitors felt he would try pro baseball, which he did.

When his pro baseball run ended, he started weighing his options. In his original contract with the Astros, provisions were made for Houston to pay for his college education if baseball did not work out. He will take advantage of that option and walk on the Ole Miss football team.

"A scholarship is not a big thing with me because I have my education paid for," he explained. "I just want to play football and Ole Miss gives me the best opportunity to do that. It's a good situation for an incoming quarterback. There's not a lot of experience coming back there. I think I can help that position."

Davis got a closer look at the Ole Miss facilities for the first time today and described them as "awesome."

"The facilities at Ole Miss are awesome. They have to be some of the best in the country," he said. "You can get what you need to develop as a player and person at Ole Miss."

Davis said he would not object to a redshirt campaign if that is what is needed for him to develop and help the team win. He has five years of eligibility to play four seasons.

"I don't care one way or the other. If I need to redshirt, I will. I just want to help the team any way I can," he added. "I'm just excited about getting back into football and excited about Ole Miss. I'm already starting to throw a football and get my mechanics back."

Welcome aboard, Cliff Davis!

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