"I committed to Ole Miss at the end of my sophomore season," added Ken Davis. "I was just real familiar with them because I have had some family play over there. It was just a comfort situation for me."
Like most young men going through their teenage years, it is nice to feel wanted and to be courted.
"My junior year, you know, I was off to a real good start before I got hurt (rushed for nearly a 1,000 yards in 5 games before a MCL injury). I was hearing from the national champs (Florida), Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, just a bunch of schools. It was pretty exciting."
The Rebels were the first school to offer the 6' 1", 215 pound bruising back with break away speed, but then his second scholarship offer came in from a school he grew up watching on the tube.
"Alabama offered me a couple of months ago. Akansas just offered me too"
Tupelo just happened to bring their team to Alabama's Passing Camp last Saturday.
"We did pretty good in the 7 on 7 tournament. We won our first three and lost in the playoffs."
How did Davis fare?
"I think I had 3 TD's. It was a lot of fun."
Did the Alabama staff get a chance to talk to Ken at the camp?
"I did not get a chance to see the school. We rode over on bus, and as soon as the games were over, we went to eat. Coach Saban, their running back coach, and Coach Middleton came and got me while I was eating. We talked for a little while."
What did they say?
"Coach Saban just told me that he wanted to have a little one on one time with me. He had never met me in person, and I had never met him. He just told me that I was a big priority for them, and that if I ever changed my mind (commitment to Ole Miss) that they would be waiting on me."
What did Ken say in return?
"I told them that I appreciated the interest
in me, and that I enjoyed their camp, but that I was still committed to Ole Miss."
On the ride home, Davis had a text message waiting on his cell phone.
"It was from Ole Miss. They told me how important I was and how much I meant to their program."
What did Ken say back?
"I told them to not worry about anything, I am going to be a Rebel."
Davis was not able to attend the Ole Miss camps early in June because he was taking care of some important business.
"I was taking two summer school classes at Tupelo. I could not get over there for the camps, but they were happy that I was taking care of business. I did good on those classes too. It was worth it. I am going to take a couple of internet courses in July and August, and I will be caught up by the start of my senior season.
And that is music to Ole Miss' ears.