Stephenville safety Cody Davis has made a verbal commitment to play football at Texas Tech University.

Davis, who just completed his junior year with the Yellow Jackets, made the agreement Monday night. His mind was made up after a recent visit to Lubbock.

“I just really got sold on (Texas Tech). I think it’s the best place for me,” Davis said. “It just felt like home.”

The Red Raiders coaching staff, helmed by Mike Leach, is “real solid,” Davis said, and personnel changes seem unlikely — a selling point for Davis.

“They have a lot of experience,” he said, and have helped place many former student-athletes in the NFL.

Safeties coach Carlos Mainord, for example, has decades of collegiate experience and was an assistant with the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams. He coached standouts like All-Americas Dwayne Slay and Tracy Saul.

Davis had received interest from a wide variety of schools, including Southern Methodist, Baylor, Houston, Vanderbilt, Duke, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Texas Christian.

Although he did not consider distance to be a factor in his choice initially, the move to west Texas seemed a better fit than one across the country.

“It’s nice to be able to play in state,” Davis said.

Academics were a “pretty big factor” in Davis’ decision, he said, noting Tech’s strong graduation rate. In fact, Tech was one of four Big XII football programs to graduate more than 70 percent of their most recent (2001-02) freshman class.

Davis plans on studying computer science.

Making the commitment is “kind of a stress reliever,” Davis said, and will allow him to focus on getting better for the coming fall season.

Davis earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press this season. He is the second Yellow Jacket of his class to commit — quarterback Kody Spano made a similar agreement with Oklahoma State in February.