Falsely imprisoned four-star RB to play for Hawaii in 2015

Melvin Davis has had a lot to overcome to get back into the good graces of the collegiate football world. The four-star running back ran into a bit of legal trouble just before he was going to play for the Washington Huskies. He quickly saw his world crash down around him.

In the summer of 2011, Davis was arrested in Los Angeles after authorities alleged he had been an accomplice to murder. He was sentenced to spend time in prison and he was released after just two years. That was because he had nothing to do with the murder.

“They said I fled the scene with the alleged shooter,” Davis explained. “They weren’t saying I was a part of the crime, I wasn’t a part of any crime. They just said I left the scene with the alleged shooter… I didn’t have anything to do with what they were talking about”

Tim Kaub, an assistant coach at Narbonne High School said he and just about anyone else who knew Davis was shocked and were in disbelief to hear the news.

“When I got the word that it happened, we were like ‘What? There’s no way! There’s no way Melvin did that.’” Kaub said. “We’ve been wrong on guys before, but that one we knew.”

Davis knew that the road to getting into a college would be a long and hard one, but he was determined. He knew that he could show whoever took a chance on him that he wasn’t what the authorities said he was.

“Honestly, when I was going through the whole process, I knew eventually I would get out,” Davis said. “Because I knew exactly that I didn’t have anything to do with what they were talking about. The whole process, it was just me never giving up. Just eventually when I get out, get my record clean and come to get my foot in the door by doing what I have to do in the classroom and on the football field to earn and be offered a scholarship.”

One team did take that chance. Scout reported that the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors gave Davis his opportunity.

Kaub had taken a job as the offensive coordinator at Santa Monica College. Upon his release, Davis knew what he had to do. He called his former coach and knew that he had to give it a shot.

“He called me and said, ‘I want to come play for you, it’s finally over.’ For me it was like the best Christmas ever,” Kaub said. “Not only did I get a great running back but he finally got through all that.”

It was earlier this year that the Santa Monica coaching staff had received a phone call from Hawaii head coach Norm Chow. The staff told him Davis’s story and it was only a matter of time before Chow was offering him a spot on the team.

Davis vividly remembered his trip to Hawaii and what sold him to commit to them. The big reason being they were the first team to offer him a scholarship in nearly five years.

“The visit was amazing,” Davis said. “I enjoyed meeting each and every one of the teammates. Everything was what I expected and what I wanted at this level. That’s what sold me. Everything was just welcoming.”

Davis is happy that he got his chance in the collegiate ranks, but he has his mind set on something even bigger now.

“Of course I want to go to the NFL, that’s my ultimate goal,” Davis said. “I’m planning to get my degree in sociology. But with my degree, I plan on opening a non-profit organization that targets troubled youth, battered women and addicts. Just a program that provides mostly resources, education courses, housing, everything that’s needed to get the individual back on their feet so they could live a prosperous and healthy life.”

Congratulations, Melvin. You truly deserve this.

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