|HometownBlue Springs, MO|
|High schoolBlue Springs|
Blue Springs, Mo., defensive tackle Khalil Davis announced on Twitter his commitment to Nebraska on March 1. His twin brother, Carlos, committed to the Huskers the same day.
In a lengthy feature by The World-Herald's Sam McKewon in October, Carlos said he thinks Khalil can be a bit of a “baby” sometimes. Mom Tracy and dad Carl agree that Carlos is a little more mature and introspective.
“But if you tell Khalil that, he’d say, ‘No, that’s not right,’” Carl said.
“I don’t see him as an older brother,” Khalil said. “I guess he does. There are times when we both look out for each other.”
Either way, that's a lot of size looking out for one another. Khalil is 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, slightly quicker than his brother, though Carlos is slightly stronger.
Khalil held offers from Kansas State, Arizona State and Missouri, among others. He announced his commitment on Twitter:
Officially committed to Nebraska today!!!!#boom#gbr— #Discusthrower4life! (@khalildaish95) March 1, 2014
Khalil Davis is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout, and a three-star by 247 Sports and ESPN.
Before Bo Pelini was fired from Nebraska, the Huskers told the twins they could play tackle or end in the system. Their build and skill set are similar to that of Husker sophomore tackle Maliek Collins from Kansas City, who starts on the interior.
“That whole d-line, I kind of look up to them,” Carlos said.
Under Pelini, the Huskers also worked out a schedule to let Carlos and Khalil throw for the track and field team, too. And it’s not a stretch to suggest they’re bigger recruits in that sport than they are in football. Instead of heading to football camps in the summer, they traveled competing in track. Chicago. Albuquerque. Eugene, Oregon. The discus circle may be where the two compete the hardest, Khalil said.
As a junior, Carlos was No. 1 in the nation in the discus after uncorking a 212-foot, 5-inch throw at the Missouri state track meet. Khalil was No. 6 nationally, throwing 197 feet in the same meet. But Khalil outperformed Carlos at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor meet in Oregon.
But after Pelini was fired, the twins started to rethink their commitment.
The twins liked what they saw in Mike Riley when he visited in December, but they 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.
On signing day, Khalil joined World-Herald readers for a live chat. 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: Just a hair leaner than his twin brother, Khalil Davis may have the slightly greater upside. He may need more development, but his first step is impressive, and his lateral quickness makes him a reasonable candidate for defensive end. Khalil Davis may need to catch up to Carlos initially, but he’s got as many tools — and perhaps more.
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