Former UTC All-American Keionta Davis had to wait a little longer to figure out his future plans, but it certainly paid off. The Red Bank native signed with the New England Patriots Friday morning in Foxboro, MA.

Davis' start to the NFL was delayed because of a bulging disk in his neck. He was a projected third round draft pick, but wasn't cleared by doctors to practice.

Davis says recovery is "on schedule" but he hasn't been cleared to practice just yet. He has, however, been cleared to workout with the team and is already attending New England team meetings.

"It just feels good, not a lot of teams might have taken this chance on me" says Davis. "It shows how much they believe in me and the player I can become."

The Patriots recently flew Davis to Boston to visit with one of their doctors. The results led to Davis becoming a Patriot.

"It's more motivation for me to prove to them that they made the right decision," said Davis.

Davis finished his college career with 31.0 sacks, the second most in school history. As a senior in 2016, was named a first team All-American after finishing with 10.5 sacks and 44 total tackles.