Portland-Gregory running back Connell Davis is the Coastal Bend of Texas' version of Adrian Peterson. He could be the Big 12's next big thing in 2005.
Davis (6-2, 210-pounds) verbally committed to Missouri over the Christmas break after his second season with over 1,000 rushing yards.
"He really liked Missouri," Portland coach George Harris said. "I never really understood why he never considered a Texas school. I know that TCU offered and wanted him to visit, but the never went on that visit.
"The want him to play running back, but he could really play several positions to get on the field," he said.
The Pennsylvania-native always envisioned playing for Penn State, but Nittany Lion coaches never showed interest in the tough, ground-churning back.
Davis rushed for 1,275 yards and scored 17 touchdowns last season with a broken bone in his shoulder. He was diagnosed with a shoulder separation after Gregory-Portland's second game and only missed 12 quarters in 2004, before looking into the nagging injury.
His senior season saw much of the same, rushing for over 1,500 yards while leading the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season.