Davis Wakes Up An Aggie

A big recruiting week for the Texas A&M coaching staff just got a lot bigger Monday morning when DeSoto (TX) four-star post man Keith Davis woke up Monday morning and decided he wanted to be an Aggie. Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Keith Davis and brings you his commit story.

A big recruiting week for the Texas A&M coaching staff just got a lot bigger Monday when DeSoto (TX) four-star post man Keith Davis woke up Monday morning and decided he wanted to be an Aggie. With the program preparing to host five-star point guard Kyrie Irving this coming weekend, head coach Mark Turgeon received a surprise early morning phone call from his prized post recruit.

"I woke up at 5:00 AM and I couldn't go back to sleep. A&M was in my mind and I felt like it was time," Davis said. "So I called Coach Turgeon but he didn't answer. I tried again about 6:00 AM and he picked up. I think I woke him up, but when I told him that I wanted to commit he woke up pretty fast. He was excited."

With offers from Florida, Cincinnati, TCU, Arkansas, Maryland, Texas, and Texas A&M, the highly-regarded big man welcomed high profile coaches like Billy Donovan and Rick Barnes for in-home visits. But in recent weeks, the battle for Davis' commitment came down to the two rivals in the state of Texas – the Longhorns and the Aggies.

While the decision to pick up the phone and commit at 5:00 AM seems spontaneous and spur-of-the-moment, that wasn't the case. Earlier in the weekend, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound prospect sat down with his mother and AAU coach to go over the pros and cons of his final two choices. His choice boiled down to three issues, and in discussing each issue the answer kept coming up maroon.

"I sat down with my mother and Coach Jazzy (Hartwell – AAU coach) and we looked at the pros and cons of both A&M and Texas," Davis said. "It came down to which staff I was most comfortable with, the depth chart and my ability to earn playing time as a freshman, and being close to home and my mother. We all agreed that on these points, A&M was the better fit."

Last year as a junior, Davis was receiving sporadic interest from major D-1 programs. While his size and athleticism was intriguing to coaches, his lack of intensity and a cohesive skill set kept the major players from pulling the trigger on scholarship offers. That all changed after break out summer performances at several of the regional and national AAU events.

"Texas offered me after the Denton Great American Shootout and that's when A&M got involved also," Davis said. "Out at the Vegas event, Florida and Maryland offered. In Cincinnati, Arkansas, Missouri, and Cincinnati offered also."

So what happened that spurred his improved play. How did the proverbial light bulb go off?

"It kinda just snapped in my head that I needed to work harder and take my game to the next level," Davis said. "I focused on my defense, rebounding the ball, block shots, and communicating with my teammates. Coach Dyer at DeSoto helped me focus on making a difference on the defensive end. I take pride in doing the dirty work in the paint."

It was the big man's athleticism, ability to run the court, and his desire to excel on defense that attracted Turgeon and his staff that eventually resulted in a scholarship offer and verbal pledge.

"Coach Turgeon said I could be one of the best freshmen he's coached," Davis said. "His focus is good defense and if I come in with the same defensive intensity that I've been playing this summer, he said I could do some special things for the program."

It wasn't just basketball talk that impressed the top post prospect in the Class of 2010. The Metroplex native spent time recently talking to Coach Turgeon and he liked what he heard from their conversations in his home.

"His message was about academics and that all of his seniors have graduated," Davis said. "He won't settle for us to be just basketball players. He wants to help us develop as a person and get our degree."

Davis joins a class that includes four-star wing Daniel Alexander from Dripping Springs and four-star No. 4 Tobi Oyedeji from Bellaire (TX). That leaves one spot left to fill in the Class of 2010 and the staff hopes to fill it this weekend with the official visit of five-star point guard Kyrie Irving. It will be a very busy recruiting week, indeed.

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