Kevyon Davis wasn't sold on the idea of continuing his college football career at North Texas just a few weeks ago.
An in-home visit from UNT offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and a trip to Denton changed that for the highly regarded Ennis safety, who committed to the Mean Green on Tuesday. Davis announced his decision with a video he posted on Twitter.
"At first I was kind of iffy about it, but I went down there and loved the fan base and the staff," Davis said. "They are going to push you hard every day and make you better. I felt the love from them."
Davis is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He originally committed to Louisiana Tech before backing out of that pledge. He was also offered by Illinois, Memphis, Tulsa and New Mexico State.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. The early signing period begins on Wednesday, when Davis said he will sign with the Mean Green.
Davis (6-0, 195) played safety in high school is rated No. 88 on The Dallas Morning News' list of the top 100 prospects in the Dallas area in the Class of 2018.
UNT's coaches sold Davis on playing a variety of roles in the Mean Green's 3-3-5 system.
"I am going to do a lot of different things," Davis said. "The coaches like me as a nickel or outside linebacker."
Illinois made a late run at Davis and hosted him on an official visit earlier this month.
Davis said staying close to home was a factor in his decision.
UNT is fresh off a 9-5 season and an appearance in the New Orleans Bowl, where the Mean Green lost to Troy. The Mean Green struggled at times defensively in 2017 while allowing 35 points per game. UNT is looking for players who fit its 3-3-5 system and can help it improve on that total.
Davis is the third safety UNT has committed to join its 2018 class. The Mean Green also have commitments from Reggie Williams, of Grand Prairie, and Jaxon Gibbs, of The Colony.
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