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Mike Riley had put in some extra legwork. That impressed the Davis twins.

Nebraska's new football coach had contacted their uncle, former Husker Lorenzo Hicks, before coming to visit standout defensive tackle recruits Carlos and Khalil Davis.

"He knew one of our biggest supporters, our uncle, and called him up before he met us," Khalil Davis told the Journal Star on Tuesday night. "That's exciting that he cares about family."

That wasn't the only thing that impressed the twins from Blue Springs, Missouri.

Riley laid out to the recruits his defensive style and said Mark Banker, NU's presumed new defensive coordinator, told the head coach he had to go lock up both players for the Huskers.

"It went really well," Khalil said. "He answered a lot of our questions and concerns that we have, reassured everything."

And so?

Khalil Davis said the twins remain committed to Nebraska but are keeping their eyes open, with schools such as Missouri, TCU, Arkansas and Oregon still courting them.

Riley, who has been savvy at using social media to speak to fans and recruits while on the road, tweeted a thought on how he felt it went.

"What a great visit tonight, these future #Blackshirts are going to be special! #GBR"

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The brothers, who are both about 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, are considered significant pieces in the recruiting class Bo Pelini and staff were building before Pelini was fired.

The twins had a strong relationship with Pelini and defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski.

"It was heartbreaking," Khalil said of Pelini's firing. "We spent so much time with him. You're expecting to be with somebody, then everybody’s gone. It helps you grow up a little bit. You realize you're going to have to make hard decisions in life."

Among other things, the Davis twins are still interested to see how Riley fills out his defensive staff.

Riley's visit to Missouri to see the brothers marked the third consecutive day of trips into living rooms to try to keep current recruits on board.

On Monday, he saw four-star defensive back Eric Lee, and Tuesday, he visited four-star defensive back Avery Anderson.

The buddies from Colorado liked what they heard, reaffirming their commitment to NU. They are keeping to their plans to enroll for Nebraska's spring semester.

"All those questions were answered and I'm satisfied with the answers he gave me," Lee said of Riley's visit. "And outside of football, just the vision he has, and how he'll stay on top of me from an academic standpoint and always push me to get the best out of me."

Anderson said the last week-and-a-half has been "a crazy situation," but after Riley left his house Tuesday, Anderson knew where he was going to school.

"The first call, I got on the phone and called Eric," Anderson said. "We both decided we're good, and we called Coach Riley together and told him that we're 100 percent committed to him."

​Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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