Between the Tackles

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Apr 30, 2008


"I haven't starting narrowing things down yet and I think I'm gonna wait it out," Knile Davis said. "I'm not worrying about it yet. I really want to weigh all my options and really see what I like and what I don't like about each school." Davis says he plans to heed his father's advice. "He told me to pick a school that I would want to go to even if I wasn't playing football. I want a good..."

Knile Davis, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound four-star running back from Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, says he has 17 scholarship offers and continues to insist he doesn't have a favorite. Some of the schools that have offered Davis are Missouri, TCU, Houston, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Arizona, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Central Florida, Iowa State and Baylor.

"I'm looking at all of them at this point," Davis said. "I haven't starting narrowing things down yet and I think I'm gonna wait it out. I'm not worrying about it yet. I really want to weigh all my options and really see what I like and what I don't like about each school."

Davis, Scout.com's No. 19 running back, says he plans to heed his father's advice. "He told me to pick a school that I would want to go to even if I wasn't playing football," he said. "I want a good school environment and a place that has history. I just want to feel comfortable, plus I plan to major in broadcasting or accounting so I'll be looking at the majors they offer too."

Davis says he followed Texas growing up, but the Longhorns haven't offered. "They are a great team and a lot of great players went there," he said. "Coming from Texas they are the big program you watch, but now I really follow a lot of schools."

Davis says Texas is showing at least some interest. "I've heard from them a few times," he said. "They keep in touch, but that's about it."

Davis has an older brother that attends Texas, but he doesn't play any sports there.

On the other hand, Longhorn rival Oklahoma has offered Davis. "I like everything about Oklahoma," he said. "Everything! I like the campus, the coaches, the players, the team, the environment…it's all great.

"Plus, since my brother goes to Texas I like the rivalry they have," he said. "I also like the Big 12 because that's one of the hardest conferences to play in and I like being challenged."

Davis says he favors Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Houston, LSU, Missouri and A&M.

The LSU Tigers haven't offered yet either. "I like LSU a lot," he said. "I have some family in that area and it's not too far from here. The campus is real nice and big and they told me that they just want to see me this spring and that they'll offer."

Davis is also a fan of the SEC and its depth. "The SEC is a tough conference," he said. "LSU is a great team, but they are gonna have a tough time winning it all again with Alabama and Georgia coming at them."

Davis attended junior days at both TCU and Houston.

"I liked the coaches at TCU a lot," he said. "They make me feel welcome and comfortable. I'm also friends with (redshirt freshman tailback) Jai Cayness and he really likes it. Plus, I also know (defensive tackle) Jeremy Coleman, who just signed with them this year. We talk about playing together and stuff, but it's not gonna make a difference."

Houston is only 15 minutes from Davis's house and he says the Cougars are recruiting him the hardest. "I liked the facilities there and they seem to really want me," he said. "They are recruiting me really aggressively and they send me a lot of handwritten letters. Plus, they spent some personal time with me and gave me some one-on-one attention."

Davis says he's best friends with Houston linebacker Jacon Pickle.

The only other school that Davis has already visited is A&M. "It's really nice," he said. "They'll be turning it around. Coach Mike Sherman is a good coach and I also like the running back coach Randy Jordan. He knows what it takes to get to the next level."

Davis says he plans on attending a few camps this summer, but hasn't decided which ones yet.

He only played in four games during his junior season and finished with 425 yards rushing and four touchdowns. His team finished the year with an 8-3 record, but Davis was forced to miss most of it with a fractured collarbone.

He says he can bench an impressive 350 pounds and squats 450. Davis is also very athletic and has a 31-inch vertical leap and runs a 4.5 forty. "I play between the tackles and try to hit the outside fast," he said. "I have great vision and just see colors. If it's not my color, then I run away from it."

Despite his good speed, Davis says he'd like to improve his quickness. "I also want to read defenses better," he said. "I work out with my dad everyday except Sunday and we do a lot of drills. Plus I lift weights and swim a lot too."

He reports a 3.1 core GPA and is waiting for his ACT results.



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