Broken Arrow defensive end Frankie Davis wanted to remain closer to home and his mom.
But he waited too long to commit to Tulsa only to find his scholarship offer was no longer there, pushing him to verbally commit to New Mexico.
“I just had to take care of my opportunity and do what I thought was best for me, and I went ahead and went to New Mexico,” Davis said. “It's going to be pretty tough, but I think it goes back to what I said: the best decision for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end played last season for his mom Karen, who suffered a stroke more than one year ago from which she is still recovering from.
However, he barely made mention of that as he recorded 82 tackles and five sacks to help lead Broken Arrow to the Class 6A quarterfinals and earn a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State first team.
“He's such a quiet young man and he just kept a lot of things to himself, but you knew that was real important to him to play for her,” Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. “He's just such a private young man and he just never let his emotions show.”
But his mom's condition bothered him.
It also bothers him that he will play college football more than 600 miles away from her.
“She was a little shocked,” he said. “She didn't know until about two days after. She was pretty excited. But it's just the way it is.”
He lost his offer from Tulsa after Tulsa Union defensive lineman Dalton Rodriguez switched his verbal commitment from Oklahoma to Tulsa.
Now, New Mexico is likely getting a lineman who is still developing.
Davis played sparingly as a junior during Broken Arrow's run to the Class 6A state championship game.
That, though, set him up for a big senior season making game-changing play after game-changing play.
“He was a guy we depended on,” Spavital said. “He was always that. He's a guy that's just stable, consistent and he made plays when we needed them. He was able to make some athletic plays when you needed them, as well.
“He just made those because he was consistent, his motor was on high and he played hard.”