Davis waited through the summer to see if he could post a standardized test score that would make him eligible to play for the Mean Green.
The wide receiver has focused on a series of new goals since he found out that he didn’t qualify academically, including making the most of an opportunity to play at Kilgore JC.
Davis will report to Kilgore late this summer and will likely play the next two years at the school.
“It was a little disappointing, but this will make me better so I can be better prepared when I get to Division I,” Davis said recently. “This motivates me to get to the Division I level.”
Davis caught 77 passes for 1,651 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior at SOC, when he was an honorable mention selection on the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.
The talent Davis showed made him arguably one of UNT’s top signees and a key part of a class of incoming freshman wide receivers that also includes Jalen Adams of Southmoore in Moore, Okla., not to mention Tee Goree and O’Keeron Rutherford of Carthage.
UNT coach Dan McCarney expressed confidence in that group of receivers and left open the possibility that Davis could end up joining the trio in the future.
“We will continue to evaluate him in junior college,” McCarney said of Davis.
Davis discussed his immediate future with UNT’s coaches before parting ways.
“The coaches were disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to get there this year,” Davis said. “They said that they would keep an eye on me.”
There are coaches from several other schools who said they would do the same after hearing that Davis will play for Kilgore. Davis is back on the open market and said he will consider his options again over the next two years. Davis would have two years of eligibility left at the Division I level if he can compete his two-year degree.
“The coaches at Boise State, Colorado State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma all told me that they would follow me in junior college,” Davis said.
“I am going to go to Kilgore for a year or two and go on from there. I feel like it will be a good spot for me.”