Twin 2015 defensive line commits Carlos and Khalil Davis have not yet decommitted from Nebraska, said their mom, Tracy Davis, on Tuesday.
But new Husker coach Mike Riley's in-home visit Wednesday night will play a key role in whether the twins stay committed, Tracy Davis said. She had not heard about two tweets from Kansas City Star reporter Sam McDowell, citing a conversation with Carlos Davis, that Nebraska had been ruled out of consideration, but also said that she and her husband, Carl Davis, are part of the decision-making process, too.
"Nebraska is still in the picture, yes," Tracy Davis said. "And I need to talk to the boys about being careful what they say. These are kids. The family is still very interested in Nebraska and we'll wait and see the coach and how the boys feel about him. Whether there's a chemistry there. Because that's important."
Carlos and Khalil, three- or four-star prospects depending on the recruiting service, had that chemistry with Nebraska offensive line coach John Garrison and defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski. It is not known whether either have been offered a job on the new Husker staff.
"It's shocking enough to go to a new college and then have these coaches, who you've built a friendship with, none of them could be there, you have to deal with a new college and new coaches."
So in comes Riley, whom Tracy Davis has heard is a "nice guy."
"It's up to Coach Riley," she said. "It depends on how he makes them feel. A lot of it is on him."
Tracy Davis said the family's options are "open" with considerations toward Oregon, TCU, Arkansas and Missouri. The Tigers had an in-home visit with the twins this week.
At 2:05 p.m., the Star posted audio of McDowell's interview with Carlos Davis, who won a local high school award Tuesday. In it, Davis said the twins are no longer considering Nebraska.
Q: Nebraska still in the picture?
Q: Just not going there at all?
Q: Why not?
A: It's not the same. I had a real good relationship with Pelini and Kaz and the whole staff. And it's just not the same. I mean, Coach Riley is a nice coach, but I don't have the connection with him.
Further, the official Twitter account for the family argues they have not decommitted:
To which McDowell had this response:
Let me, for a brief moment, offer a take.
Riley still has a shot. Hard to say how much of one. Having written a lengthy feature story on the twins and talked to their parents, I think long-term "fit" and comfort is important to the family. Kaczenski, a tough-nosed stickler for details on and off the field, was a good match for the Twins' personalities. So any gameplan that doesn't include him could make it a hard sell.
That said, Tracy Davis' quotes aren't to be taken lightly. Parents and kids often collaborate on college decisions even when football isn't involved. Grabbing a quote from Carlos Davis 36 hours before an in-home visit with the new coach probably doesn't provide the most complete picture of where the process stands. It's hard to assess "sameness" with a guy you've talked to on the phone.
And no, Riley hasn't done anything wrong. He had a job offer last Tuesday. He was introduced as Nebraska's coach on Friday. He had to hire some guys over the weekend -- he couldn't just mind-meld with people -- and started making calls Sunday night. Started making visits Monday night.
Nothing is out of the ordinary here. When coaches get fired, recruits get antsy, and opposing teams swoop in. Nebraska's former staff did that kind of stuff, too. You have to do it. It's the business. The door will swing both ways.
The Davis twins would be a nice addition to the program, no doubt. The addition may still occur. Like Tracy Davis said, Mike Riley has to make a strong impression.