As the final picks of the NFL draft ticked down and Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Kevin Davis' football future remained in limbo, former Trojans teammate and current Los Angeles Rams defensive end, Morgan Fox, texted Davis to stay positive.
Little did either of them know they'd soon be reunited as teammates.
The Colorado State linebacker followed the same path Fox did the previous year, signing with the L.A. Rams as an undrafted free agent on Saturday.
"We're both really excited," Davis said. "We haven't seen each other in a while. We're really excited to have the opportunity to play together."
Davis certainly won't refuse any pro tips from his fellow 2012 graduate.
Fox, who made the team's practice squad after he signed as a free agent in 2016, was promoted with four games remaining. He finished the year with five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
His best advice for Davis? Take it one day at a time.
"It's a professional business, the best of the best," Fox said. "If they think you didn't belong you wouldn't be here. But you also are competing against the cream of the crop. My best advice, which I was given, was just take it one step at a time. Bring it every day."
Davis, who averaged 10.1 tackles per game as a three-year starter for Trojans, led CSU with 110 tackles in 2016. That year, he also had three sacks, an interception and forced four fumbles.
He became the eighth player from Fountain-Fort Carson to make the NFL, per Mitch Johnson, the Trojans' coach from 1987-2015.
"I asked him last night, 'Any news yet?'" Johnson said. "He didn't text back right away, but basically right after the draft he sent me a note that he signed as a free agent with the L.A. Rams. It was very exciting."
Johnson, a touted football player himself in the 1970s, was an NFL signee and had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. He said Davis is the sixth player he coached who has made his way to the NFL.
"He is a great athlete and a great find as a free agent," Johnson added. "He's a very fast player, can cover people, a very smart player. He's coming into his own."
As Davis became accustomed to in Fort Collins, the L.A. Rams will use a 3-4 scheme under former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Davis will take part in the team's rookie camp in two weeks.
"It's been an amazing journey from the highs and lows," Davis said. "I'm excited to show what I can bring to this team."