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Twins transferring from Pitt to Kentucky
The Davises made an unofficial visit to Kentucky with their father on Tuesday. After meeting with the UK staff, they became Wildcats. The twins intend to walk on initially as they sit out the 2013 season due to transfer rules, but hope to earn scholarships in the future.
Originally from Austintown (Ohio) Fitch High School, the Davis twins were originally part of the Class of 2012. They were both three-star receiver prospects when they signed with the Panthers, but had each experienced position changes when Pitt transitioned from Todd Graham to Paul Chryst as head coach.
"They went to Pitt primarily because of coach Graham and his spread offense," said Chris Davis Sr., "but when coach Chryst came in from Wisconsin with that power offense, they really didn't fit in with that scheme.
"They decided to stick it out, initially, and give the new staff a chance, but Demitrious was moving to running back and Chris was moving to defensive back in the spring. They decided maybe a new school would be a better fit."
Enter Mark Stoops & Co., who had strong ties to players in northeast Ohio and the Youngstown area in which the Davises played during high school.
"We were familiar with coach Stoops and coach (Vince) Marrow from being in the Youngstown area," the elder Davis said, "and we heard about the system they were going to be using at Kentucky. It sounded like a good fit for Demitrious and Chris"
Kentucky has only four scholarship players at the wide receiver position at this time. The Wildcats signed four more receivers in February, but will still be well short of the ideal corps needed to run Neal Brown's "Air Raid" scheme.
Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Tennessee had also expressed interest in the twins, who redshirted their first season at Pitt. They will have three years of eligibility remaining.
As a high school senior, Demitrious Davis (5-10, 200) passed and rushed for more than 1,000 yards and accounted for 44 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback. His athleticism, including sub-4.4 speed, had helped draw scholarship offers from programs like Arizona, Arkansaas, Baylor, Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and West Virginia.
Chris Davis (5-9, 195) had approximately 50 receptions and six interceptions as a high school senior.
Another factor in the addition of the Davis was an old friend, fellow Ohio native Braylon Heard, who is transferring from Nebraska to Kentucky. "He's been talking to them about coming down there with him," Davis said of Heard.
The twins' arrival at UK could also aid the recruitment of another running back, Darrin Hall Jr., a 2015 standout at Austintown Fitch who could be one of the Wildcats' top priorities in that class.
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