After his official visit to Kansas, Ronnie Davis needed some time to think. The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M sophomore had originally committed elsewhere, but the standout cornerback was impressed with everything he saw in Lawrence. Davis talks about his visit, and his commitment to the Jayhawks with Scout.com.
Monday morning came, and Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen hadn’t heard form Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Ronnie Davis. Bowen was worried. Davis wasn’t.
“This morning, Coach Bowen had called me,” Davis said of the KU assistant. “He wasn’t expecting me to commit. I told him, ‘Don’t worry, I had to sleep on it. I woke up this morning and I want to be a Kansas Jayhawk.’”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound corner had originally committed to Utah State. After visiting Mount Oread over the weekend, Davis returned to Miami, OK with a lot to think about.
“I’m from Oklahoma City, and the university isn’t too far from home. Seeing the city of Lawrence, it’s a nice place. When I got on campus, I loved the football facilities. I felt like I could get used to it and feel comfortable there. I feel comfortable at Kansas.”
Bowen and the rest of the KU coaching staff were happy to get the good news from Davis.
“He was excited,” Davis said of Bowen. “He put me on the phone with Coach Weis. He thanked me for the commitment, and I thanked him for the opportunity. Then I talked with Coach Campo, and he gave me some things to do to make sure I come in ready to go in January.”
Bowen was Davis’ lead recruiter for the Jayhawks. He forged a strong bond with the Norsemen defender that was a big part of him switching his commitment to Kansas.
“He told me everything,” Davis said of Bowen. “He laid it all out on the table, and didn’t try to hide anything from me. Just knowing him these few weeks, I can tell he’s a good man, and that he’s about business.”
Davis heads to KU on the heels of a strong sophomore season at NEO. Through seven games, he totaled 24 tackles, four interceptions, and three pass breakups in what was a star-studded secondary. Davis played alongside safety Devron Moore, an Iowa State commit, and cornerback Keishawn Richardson, who has narrowed his choices to Iowa State, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“We are real competitive and stay on each other,” Davis said of his highly-recruited counterparts. “We put extra work in, and push ourselves to be better than anyone else. We decided before the season we wanted to be the best, and we ended up the best defensive back corps in JUCO.”
A December graduate, Davis will arrive on campus in Lawrence next month with three years to play two. Despite the Jayhawks recent struggles, he sees an opportunity to help head coach Charlie Weis turn the program around.
“Coach Weis is really serious about what he wants to do,” he said of the longtime NFL assistant. “It’s a task I’m ready to take on. He said he can tell I have a strong passion for the game of football, and that’s what he likes about me. If I give him my all, he will give me his all.”