Three-star athlete Da’Ron Davis committed to Missouri in November because he was a big fan of Gary Pinkel. He admits he was bummed by Pinkel’s retirement but is sticking with his commitment for two reasons.
One is that he likes new Tigers coach Barry Odom. The other is that he wants to stay close to his Kansas City home.
"Sometime I get homesick, and sometime I start missing my parents," Davis told GN. “Missouri is only 90 minutes away, so it will be cool."
Davis (6 feet 2, 190 pounds) stared at Kansas City's Hogan Preparatory Academy before transferring to Lee's Summit (Mo.) North this fall. During the recruiting process, Davis built a strong bond with Pinkel.
"Kind of hurt my feelings for him to retire," Davis said. "I was looking forward to being one of his players, and he was a pretty awesome guy."
Davis made sure to point out his feelings on Odom.
"Coach Odom is a pretty awesome guy as well; I really like both of them," he said.
Davis is considered one of the top-25 "athletes" in the 2017 class, as well as a top-five prospect in Missouri. He says he knows what Missouri plans for him.
"I will be playing outside receiver at Missouri," he said.
Davis visited Mizzou last season and made some lasting memories.
"The game I went to was against Mississippi State. The fan base was awesome, and very welcoming," Davis said. "I almost met Tim Tebow because the ESPN crew was there, but they didn’t let me. There was only a certain amount of people that could meet him. Kind of frustrating but it was OK."
Playing college football is especially meaningful to Davis because of what it means to his family.
"I am the first person to ever go Division I and play football for any college in my family," Davis said. "To me that is a trend-setter; I am setting a trend for my family. I’m showing kids from inner-city schools or wherever you come from that you can make it out."
Davis committed to Missouri over offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Illinois.
He plans on taking official visits to Missouri and Nebraska.
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