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Originally published December 16, 2013 at 11:33a.m., updated December 17, 2013 at 12:04a.m.

Juco DB Ronnie Davis commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.

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Two days before the beginning of the mid-year signing period, which opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 15, 2014, the Kansas University football program landed another commitment from a player who plans to arrive early.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Ronnie Davis orally committed to KU early Monday, according to a report from JayhawkSlant.com.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Davis, who can play multiple secondary spots, chose KU after the Jayhawks jumped into the recruiting process late. He previously had been committed to Utah State but picked Kansas because he grew up in Big 12 country (Oklahoma) and always wanted to play in the Big 12.

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was the lead recruiter for Davis, who also had offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Kentucky, New Mexico, Toledo, Tulane and UAB.

Davis, who primarily played cornerback this fall, is a three-star prospect, and he finished the 2013 season with five interceptions. He is a mid-year graduate and expects to report to campus in January. He plans to sign his letter of intent Wednesday.

Next season, the Jayhawks will return five starters from this year’s secondary, as cornerbacks Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd, safeties Isaiah Johnson and Cassius Sendish and nickel back Courtney Arnick all have eligibility remaining. Even several of their back-ups are scheduled to return for 2014, but it appears that Davis’ versatility and flexibility — much like that of Sendish — was what caught the eye of the KU coaches.

“(Coach Bowen) talked to me about where I would fit into their scheme,” Davis told JayhawkSlant.com’s Jon Kirby. “He said their defense was improved and I could definitely come in and help. He said I could either play corner or safety. He also talked to me about the possibility of playing nickel. He said he likes how I play corner or in the nickel match up against guys on the inside.”

Davis also told Kirby he was looking forward to the advantage of reporting to campus in time for spring football.

“I’m glad things ended up the way they did,” he said. “This gives me a chance to go in and play spring football and build a bond with the team and get my body ready. Going from junior college to division one can be hard, but I will be ready.”

Williams a juco All-American

Kansas commitment Devon Williams, an offensive tackle from Georgia Military Academy, was named a first-team juco All-American on Monday.

Williams, 6-5, 335, committed to Kansas earlier this month, a day after GMC teammate Keyon Haughton picked the Jayhawks. Haughton is scheduled to graduate this month and is expected to report to campus in January. Williams is on pace to graduate in May and will report to Lawrence this summer.

The two starting offensive linemen helped lead the Bulldogs to the juco national championship game, where they fell to East Mississippi C.C. on Dec. 8.

Comments

Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Excellent! Nice job Coach Bowen in showing the young man how he can flourish at KU. If I were a 3-star DB, I'd love to be coached by Campo, based on the growth and success of the DB's over the past two years.

One way to get a program growing is to put a stake in the ground. Right now, the defensive backfield has a chance to grow into our tether point as a team. Get good at something and then grow from there!

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Arnie Bunkers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Good get..Welcome to the program!

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Doug Cramer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I know folks that go to NEO...and from time to time I hear about athletes coming in there. Got to admit...have never heard of this guy.

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Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Having him on campus for the spring is significant.

I'm assuming he has played 2 years and has 2 left, tho that's not always the case (Isaiah Johnson).

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