ENNIS

KD Davis will officially continue his football playing career after signing a National Letter of Intent with the University of North Texas.

Davis, the 2017 District 17-5A Defensive Player of the Year, played outside linebacker and strong safety for the Ennis Lions football team.

When asked what separated UNT from his other offers, Davis stated, “I can get a great education there, I'll be a true freshman, and my family is close enough so they can come support me every game.”

He also was pursued by other colleges such as Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Illinois, Louisiana—Monroe, and Memphis.

Davis hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, but his family moved to Ennis before he began school. At age 5, Davis started his football career in the youth league in Ennis.

When asked who encouraged him to play football, he answered, “Over the years I have looked up to a lot of people and listened to their suggestions, but because I grew up in Ennis, I, like most everyone else here, always wanted to be an Ennis Lion.”

Davis first acknowledged God for the blessings of his athletic talent and abilities. He is also thankful for a very supportive family. In particular, he said his chief encourager through it all has been his mother, La’Toya Massey.

Lastly, Davis is grateful for the guidance of Ennis head football coach Jack Alvarez and his other defensive coaches — Paul Willingham, Steve Marrow, Hank Hollywood, Nathan Nuttall, Corey Zeno, Ron Hordnyckye, and Eric Chmelar.

“All of the coaches are great guys, and they always kept me pumped-up and prepared every time I stepped on a football field," Davis said.

His favorite school teachers are Mrs. Jakubik and all his defensive football coaches.

Over the 2017 season, the senior standout finished with 97 tackles, which included five tackles for loss, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles. In previous years Davis was once an all-district safety, as well as twice named to the all-district first team as an outside linebacker.

In his spare time, Davis is a member of the Pylon 7-on-7 flag football team. He also enjoys working out and listening to music.

The remarkably grounded young man shared that his mantra for life is actually a verse from the Bible. It reads, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Davis said he is literally counting the days until he has the opportunity to step foot onto the field as a member of the Mean Green football team. As he finishes up his last semester of high school at Ennis, Davis assured that he plans to stay focused and concentrate on keeping his grades up.