Stephenson RB Mike Davis commits to Florida Gators

Stephenson RB Mike Davis chose the Florida Gators over offers from 15 other schools, all of which have come in the last five weeks. (AJC Photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

Stephenson RB Mike Davis chose the Florida Gators over offers from 15 other schools, all of which have come in the last five weeks. (AJC Photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

Once again the Florida Gators have reached into DeKalb County to snag a running back.

Mike Davis, a budding star at Stone Mountain’s Stephenson High School, committed to the Gators on Saturday while touring the Gainesville, Fla., campus with several of his teammates.

“I’m standing in The Swamp right now,” said Davis, referring to Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. “I’m standing on the F. This is great.”

Davis was asked why he felt compelled to go ahead commit with nearly a year to go until national signing day 2012.

“I just felt at home here,” he said. “I talked to all the coaches and they told me everything I needed to know about the school and their system. So I wanted to go ahead and make my mind up and get on with it.”

About a year ago, the Gators grabbed AJC Super 11 running back Mack Brown out of DeKalb County’s M.L. King High. Brown had three carries for 23 yards in two games as a true freshman last season.

“Oh yeah, I talked to him today,” Davis said of Brown. “He’s from Atlanta, too. We talked about all the running backs that are here and about the pro-style system they’re switching up. It was good.”

Davis’ choice of Florida comes as somewhat of a surprise since the the Gators only recently received a commitment from one of the top running back prospects in the nation for the Class of 2012. Matt Jones of Seffner, Fla., long thought to be a Georgia lean, committed to Florida instead two weeks ago.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Davis said of Jones also heading to Florida. “I’m glad he’s coming here. It takes more than one running back for a team to be successful.”

Davis (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) knows all about sharing the load. He’s had to do that the last two seasons at Stephenson behind Raymond Sanders, now at Kentucky, and Willie Davis, who signed with South Florida earlier this month.

In fact, that’s one of the reasons teams were at first slow to notice Davis. Willie Davis was the starter and got the majority of the carries but Mike Davis still managed 1,200 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. Out of that he was able to put together a spectacular highlight video, which has made its rounds on the Internet the last month.

Now Davis has become a highly-sought-after prospect by his own right. The younger brother of former Clemson star James Davis, Mike has received 16 scholarship offers since the second week of January, including Auburn, Clemson, FSU, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, USF and Vanderbilt.

Davis said he no longer plans to entertain their overtures.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t plan to take anymore  visits.”

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

222 comments Add your comment

RHall55

February 19th, 2011
7:46 pm

Again, alot of early commits; I would like to see UGA get a few more in the next couple of weeks; is another Junior Day coming up for them? Also, please get a head start on the JC kids this year; this guys are ready to make an impact when they step on campus!!!

Colonel Klemp

February 19th, 2011
7:48 pm

I live in Jacksonville and can tell you that as much as I think Muschamp is a good guy, he’s not UF’s next sensation. Everyone here expects him to be the 3 year place marker before UF hires its next real coach so best wishes to any recruit coming down, it’s going to be a long and disappointing four years in the dumpiest town in SEC football.

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
7:49 pm

@RRT *Trenton Norvell is a very SOLID QB…a gator legacy that has ND,UGA and USCjr at the top of his board.

Blackoutanyone?

February 19th, 2011
8:21 pm

Bigtime… you watching the basketball game? Showed Barry Sanders and his son sitting with Nick Saban. ROLL TIDE

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
8:25 pm

UGA got a huge win over the Voles today hey K. Conley do have anything on OLB Josh Clemons 2012 .

Paddy

February 19th, 2011
8:28 pm

Dufas Dawg…..Yes Pulpwood Smith is still in school at UGA. You might have missed it. He has been awarded an 8th year Grey shirt, Red shirt waiver. Very rare for the NCAA! Only one other player received such a waiver, Joe Don Looney at Oklahoma in 1962. It all surrounds the returning of Pell Grants in favor of tax waivers in the next 6 tax quarters. But thats the simple explanation. If you want details of this complicated law you will have to consult Pulpwood for a detailed explanation of the fine print.

Blackoutanyone?

February 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

Chip… what did you make of this link? http://networkedblogs.com/eobO5

Dream Team

February 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

he’s not that good–Ga didn’t show any interest—they are loaded at RB.

RTR22

February 19th, 2011
8:53 pm

Barry Sanders, Jr and father in Alabama this wkend for Jr day. His 2nd visit and is a major priority
for Coach Saban in 2012. Roll Tide

Vick=Dog killing Thug

February 19th, 2011
9:05 pm

I’m just glad I’m not a bama fan….

Shawn

February 19th, 2011
9:06 pm

We need a RB next year but I wish we had gotten Caffey to go with Crowell TY. Anyone know about this Bonner kid. What are our chances with him?

Booger Presley

February 19th, 2011
9:06 pm

I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees!

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

I much rather have Kieth Marshall i just think we are good shape with him Richt has done good job with him i just believe what going on with UNC and the NCAA gives us an advantage i know K. Conley does not think we are but Lowndes was right about Crowell and most of the dream team .

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
9:10 pm

Hey Shawn UGA is good shape with Deion Bonner RB Marshall is the one we are recruiting hard .

JB

February 19th, 2011
9:19 pm

We will face next year what Dooley at Tenn. faced. If next year goes bad ( it’s 50/50) The bad vibes and aura will be all over the program and the new coach will struggle with a great class. But, we will get some good players, for the Stats is just to loaded not to. Dawgs win 8 , Richt will more than likely be back, with losses to Boise,SC,MSU and Auburn. I now we are all pumped right now in the off season, but the reality is this team has lots of holes and questions. Might get a freshman or two to contribute, but we gotta dance mostly with who we got………and Bobo.

JB

February 19th, 2011
9:21 pm

oh yea, forgot about Florida. Muschamp WILL NOT LOSE TO GEORGIA first year out of the box. So,7-5 possible.

Blackoutanyone?

February 19th, 2011
9:27 pm

Alabama extended offers to two prospects today from Atlanta area: Buford TE Kurt Freitag and Washington RB Justin Taylor. http://twitter.com/#search?q=shaneyoungblood

Mr. SEC

February 19th, 2011
9:32 pm

Hope this guy understands what he’s doing; he needs to check out the depth of RB’s Fla. has. He was not the Gators first choice for RB, they just signed a RB. Don’t know what this guy is thinking!

Blackoutanyone?

February 19th, 2011
9:46 pm

Mr. SEC… I think most of these kids believe they can come in and win playing time. There’s competition at every school… I’d rather have a kid who isn’t afraid to compete. UF will struggle until they get the OL in place. UGA will win that game next year.

Amanda

February 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

K conley: Love how you can’t negate a word in my post. Insulting another football fan shows you lost buddy. I’m on my blackberry and I am always busy, I merely replied to have a chat. Never went to UF, I’m a fan and my school is North Carolina. This should worry you guys though. Florida has a new coaching staff, so the “throwing out scholies” is bunk. Plus, judging by titles won…Florida doesn’t just throw paper aroung. Plus, under Meyer they started slow end ended fast!

Shawn

February 19th, 2011
9:52 pm

I can’t get over all the predictions for us to lose to Boise. It ain’t happening. I like CMR’s record to start the season. He is something like 9-1 with the 1 loss to a #10 team at their house, including wins over Boise, Okie St., and Clemson twice! He has beaten some good teams to start the year. I see that continuing TY. Boise falls in the GA dome. It won’t even be close. The SEC is far too athletic for them and UGA is no exception!

Amanda

February 19th, 2011
10:00 pm

Didn’t this guy already answer the “running back depth” question. He knows a team MUST have a stable of backs to do anything. He’s used to being part of a stable from high school.

jaxzebra

February 19th, 2011
10:11 pm

let’s see….. the ONLY florida running back to make it in the NFL was/is Emmitt Smith…..

Riley

February 19th, 2011
10:19 pm

jaxzebra….Fred Taylor was a great back in the NFL. A little injury prone with hamstrings, but still a great player.

Shawn

February 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

How about Eric Rhett? Earnest Graham? Two that come to mind right away, I’m sure there are more. Let’s not sell them short here.

Amanda

February 19th, 2011
10:24 pm

Fred Taylor etc etc. Not that it should matter…new coaching staff. Look up patriots.com for Charlie Weis stats at running back. This isn’t coming out of thin air. It is Florida…

GT

February 19th, 2011
10:28 pm

Hahahahaha uga could get every 5 star player and still under achieve…it’s their history of choking, like they did in hoops the other night against vandy…Poor rednecks!!! Lmao

SEC Fact Finder

February 19th, 2011
10:29 pm

This is a great pick up for Florida. One has to believe that with the transistion of Meyer to Muschamp and the abundance of Freshmen and Sophomores on Florida’s team that the upcoming year is when we will see Muschamp place his stamp on Florida Recruiting.

It may take Muschamp and his staff a year to get his system in place with players that are more to the kind of players Muschamp wants to have. The finesse players at Florida on offense are out and we can expect to see a power running game, the passing game to be more in line with the Alabama style game.

We will see another year when Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, and Auburn all finish in the top 12 of recruiting for 2012. Do not think any fan base is going to be dissappointed. In the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi all have more talent than in previous years.

Drago

February 19th, 2011
10:29 pm

No big loss. He doesn’t hold on the the ball.

Shawn

February 19th, 2011
10:33 pm

I don’t have to look at stats for Weis. I watch enough football to know he is a pass heavy coordinator. They will be a pass heavy football team with him running the O. A very good pass heavy O mind You but pass heavy. RB’s will not be that important to him. They never have been. His teams have a revolving RB position. A new guy in there on every play that better be able to catch the dump offs! If I were a RB that wanted to be a feature back, UF would not be my pick with Weis there.

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
10:41 pm

@ Amanda, you say you’re not a Florida fan, but you referred to UF as “we” in your post. I’m pretty sure people on this site know that I’m fair and impartial with my statements. So, if you’re looking for a fight as you seem to be, just find someone else to argue with. I have about 5-7 people on this site that I converse with. They respect my opinion and I theirs’. Good luck to you and UNC or UF.

RabidDawgFan

February 19th, 2011
11:04 pm

We have backs. We need to recruit defense and OL for next season. We don’t need a QB or a RB. We may need a WR or two, but mostly we need defense (D-linemen and linebackers, few more corners) and on the OL we are going to need lots of bodies.

Blackoutanyone?

February 19th, 2011
11:07 pm

K Conley… I don’t have any real updates yet. Nick James and Geno Smith were reportedly in route to T-town earlier today. Jordan Jenkins has rescheduled for March 5th.

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
11:24 pm

@ Blackoutanyone, Thanks for any and all updates, you don’t need to worry about UGA with Jenkins. Gotta fight the Bugs and the Barn for him. Leave Smith alone would ya? (J/K)

@ RabidDawgFan, I completely agree with you, as a matter of fact, I would be happy to see us sign 10 O-linemen, 10 D-Linemen, 3 or 4 linebackers, and the 1 kicker. I would be extremely happy. If we can get Marshall, great, but if not then we just move on.

I know it’s kind of silly to get excited about a kicker, but all Dawg fans should check out the numbers of our new kicker/punter. As a junior he averaged over 43 yards per punt, and made 15 of 16 field goals of which 9 were attempted beyond 43 yards. That is deadly accurate for a high school kid. Not to mention, he’ll handle all kicking and punting duties freeing up that extra scholly. I like it.

goodness gracious

February 19th, 2011
11:32 pm

The Gators lead the nation in commits flipping every year. So keep running your mouths about 2012 class. After all you certainly had a better class in 2011? Didn’t you!

Bye the way, its rhetorical……….

bitter larry munson (9") size does matter

February 19th, 2011
11:55 pm

oak trees —go figure—bammer nutts–(pna)–poison national champs—
hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahdumb neck thugs!!!!!

bitter larry munson (9") size does matter

February 19th, 2011
11:58 pm

2010 #1 recruiting class—-5 losses in 2010—–nice job training your recruits—-loosers—GAYtards

WnE

February 20th, 2011
1:20 am

Wow!

Yet another highly ranked HS RB (the other is from Hillgrove) that played his HS FB less than 35 mins. from North Ave. that chooses to SPURN “Coach Kung Fu Panda” at GT to play in more traditional Offense in College.

I thought the Kool-aid drinkers said that when “Coach Po Johnson” got hired at GT that HS RBs would love “his system” and flock to GT.

Yet another MYTH about Teflon-CPJ that has been debunked repeatedly over his first FOUR Recruiting classes, and continues into his 5th Recruiting Class.

Ken

February 20th, 2011
1:25 am

Red Dog 77

February 20th, 2011
1:46 am

Not worried the least bit at this point, Coach Mark Richt will pick up at least one top RB in 2012 class. That said, and I agree with those who have posted, that DOGS go hot and heavy for offensive linemen and some more mean and nasty defensive linemen………..actually, we have a pretty nice stable of both, alot of red shirt FR. on georgia’s 2011 squad that play the line of scrimmage, I am confident coach Richt knows what he’s doing……….and the line of scrimmage is where games are won or lost………and he knows it !……….We have the skill players, we have the linemen, we now have the LBs, and lord knows we have the Dbacks……..we can kick the crap out of the football………….and last but not least, we have the coaches………..it’s all good at Georgia folks !! Chemistry will be the deciding factor……….and that has already started………Mabe we don’t win the SEC in 2011……….But we damn sure will in 2012………..GO DOGS !!!!!!

Flimmers

February 20th, 2011
7:42 am

This is a big loss. I just don’t understand why my fellow
Dawgs are sugar coating losing this top running back……..

King Gator

February 20th, 2011
7:47 am

Welcome to the Gator Nation! It’s nice to see some kids still care about winning, he won’t be disappointed in October in Jacksonville.. We Own the Pups! Go Gators!

Jacket Forever

February 20th, 2011
7:48 am

Dumb choice!

Insider

February 20th, 2011
7:49 am

Gators go on probation very soon!

NoGaGator

February 20th, 2011
9:12 am

Based on these comments, Matt Jones certainly appears to have shut down is recruitment:

“Though Jones has more than a year until he graduates, he said he won’t give coaches — outside of Florida’s — any feedback when they try to get a hold of him. He strongly insists his recruitment is over.

Verbals mean hardly anything these days in recruiting, but since Armwood coach Sean Callahan took over, he’s had just one decommitment from one of his football players and he doesn’t intend to see Jones fall into that category.

“We don’t want Matt to be the second,” Callahan said. “We need to bring some honor in recruiting.

“Matt’s word is good. Our word is good. And I really believe that the University of Florida’s word is good, too.” ”

UF’s coaches had also told Jones that they would recruit a scatback-type runner who is now Davis. Davis is already used to sharing the load from High School.

Jones will now be helping out in UF’s recruiting of others. After signing a light class in numbers -19- due to the coaching turnover, it’s great to see UF starting strong for 2012 recruiting talent. Also, whomever joins Jones in early enrollment can count against the 2011 underused limit.

USC is big favorite for East this year and UF will have some growing pains switching to pro-style O but they’ll soon be back out on top.

RRTDawgs

February 20th, 2011
9:26 am

UGA needs a WR more than a RB we got Crowell but UGA is in good shape with Keith Marshall and we looking at Kenno Loyal so relax we get a real RB we may get real good WR out of Maryland Stefan Diggs .

Joe

February 20th, 2011
9:34 am

Wow just what we need another WR?

Grim Reaper

February 20th, 2011
9:39 am

Gawga, full of dream teamers who lose almost every year to UF. 18 and 3 last 21 meetings for the Gators. Matt Jones is a 5 star stud, Mike Davis right out your back yard, half of every Gawga fans on here want Richt gone, then will want Kirby Smart, then Derek Dooley, then the ghost of Erk Russell when the first two turn them down. The greatest RB you ever had made a deal with me, bought and sold for your 1980 title 30 years ago and then he becomes the answer to the trivia question for the greatest trade in NFL history! Hushel shipped to Viqueens, Emmitt wins three rings and retires as the NFL all time leading rusher! Now go gulp a mullet and brush your tooth!

Paul N Destin

February 20th, 2011
9:40 am

Young Barry Sanders is not a Jr. The SEC recruiting is just a war with all the good coaches. There is really no excuse for teams not fielding pretty good teams if they have a coaching staff. Nick is very high on the Lambert kid and will take him in a hearbeat. Bama is going to take two QB’s this year and one his the Winston kid from Hueytown (BHAM area) if he selects Bama over FSU. The problem with Winston is he is a great baseball player so you know how that goes.

Dirty Dawg

February 20th, 2011
10:00 am

We’ll see how he feels in about eight or ten months when the talk of the blogs will be the number of ‘FireMuschamp’ sites. Seems to me that making this kind of commitment on what is, essentially, an unknown quantity is not only a risk, but it’s not necessary…they’ll love you just as much next December as they do now Mike, and we’ll all have a better understanding of whether or not Will Muschamp’s rah, rah, cliche-laced, coaching style plays well with Florida fans that have become used to the Spurrier and Meyer ones.