|HometownBlue Springs, MO|
|High schoolBlue Springs|
Blue Springs, Mo., defensive tackle Carlos Davis committed to Nebraska on March 1, after an unofficial visit. Carlos' twin brother, Khalil, also announced his commitment that day.
And like typical brothers — like twins — they grew up competitive, The World-Herald's Sam McKewon wrote in this lengthy feature from October. Their family put them in plenty of sports to work out that competitiveness.
“That’s what made us good — there was no end to the competition,” Khalil said. “When I’d outdo him, he’d try to outdo me. When he’d outdo me, I’d try to outdo him. It always progressed, whatever it was.”
Brothers can bust up a living room, too.
“We’ve broken so many things in our house, I can’t even remember,” Khalil said.
Carlos Davis is slightly bigger than his brother, standing 6-foot-3½ and 275 pounds. He held offers from Kansas State, Arizona State, Missouri and others. He is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports, while ESPN and Scout have him as a four-star recruit.
The Davis twins became NU's first defensive linemen committed to the 2015 class, as well as the first players from Missouri. Blue Springs High School is also the alma mater of former NU assistant John Garrison.
Davis was primarily recruited by Garrison, but it was defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski he found most appealing. “Coach Kaz,” as the Davis family calls him, has a direct, high-octane style that appealed to them.
“Very interesting man,” Carlos said.
But once Bo Pelini was fired — and once Kaczenski was not retained by new coach Mike Riley — the twins began to rethink their commitment. Carlos made some comments about no longer wanting to attend Nebraska, but his mom, Tracy, told The World-Herald that was not the case.
"It's up to Coach Riley," she said. "It depends on how he makes them feel. A lot of it is on him."
Riley visited the family shortly after being hired.
“It settled a lot of the things we were worried about,” Carlos Davis told The World-Herald. “We talked the defense he’s bringing in. The main thing was to get to know him. We talked about other recruits and what he was doing with them. They feel good about things after they talked to him. We feel pretty good after talking to him, too.”
But the twins still scheduled a visit to Missouri. Later, Riley sent a contingent of assistant coaches — Mark Banker, Hank Hughes and Charlton Warren — for an in-home visit once the dead period lifted. The duo defensive tackles decided to cancel their trip to Missouri after meeting the new Husker assistants.
Carlos joined World-Herald readers for a live chat on signing day. Read the transcript here.
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Coachspeak: “They’ll be fan favorites at Nebraska. Great kids. They do what you tell them to do, go to class, have fun personalities.” — Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe of the twins
Our take: Simply dominant as a senior, Carlos Davis has excellent foot quickness and pursuit abilities. He’s an upper-crust pass rusher. As a run stopper, he’ll occasionally get leveraged, but if his feet are under him, he’s plenty strong, as his track performances indicate. A bit of a cross between Maliek Collins and Kevin Williams — and that’s a good thing.
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