Twins Chris and Demitrious Davis, who strongly considered West Virginia before committing to Pitt in 2012, are working to gain their releases from another program and transfer to WVU for the 2014 season. Chris, a defensive back, and Demetrious, an offensive player who could be a running back/slot receiver, are working to assemble the necessary releases and transfer materials to attend WVU this fall.
The brothers were recruited by a number of schools during their senior season, but choose Pitt, largely due to the spread offensive scheme of then coach Todd Graham and the presence of assistant coach Tony Gibson. When Graham left for Arizona State, the new systems installed by head coach Paul Chryst didn't fit the Davis brothers. After one season in Oakland, they transferred to Kentucky, where they sat out the 2013 season. However, changes there also didn't fit their talents, leading them to look back to WVU for a possible landing place.
Sources close to the situation indicate that there were no problems with either player at either school -- it was simply a matter of not having the right fit for their talents.
The presence of Gibson at West Virginia played a large part in their decision to attempt the latest move. So too did the presence of Rushel Shell, who also transferred from Pitt to WVU. His experiences over the past year, and his friendship with the Davis brothers, was another strong factor in the decision.
The Davises will appeal to the NCAA to be immediately eligible at West Virginia, noting that they sat out a transfer year and never played at Kentucky. The final decision on that appeal is not known yet, but were it to be approved, both could potentially be on the field in 2014.
Both brothers ran sub-4.4 electronically timed 40-yard dashes during the recruiting process,k and both currently check in between 195 and 200 pounds. They have strong West Virginia ties on one side of their family, with several members being big WVU fans.