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

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

Hey Chip do think UGA can get back in it with Matt Jones because the Gators are full at RB now but i much rather have Kieth Marshall who i hear UGA is in the lead .

bigtime

February 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

bigtime

February 19th, 2011
6:00 pm

Good get for Florida. I’m not sure what Muschamp is selling but RB’s sure are buying it. Roll Tide

Flimmers

February 19th, 2011
6:08 pm

UGA will have their worst class ever as UGA follows up
last season with a 6-6 record and the Richter gets CANNED (finally)

BOBO the Clown

February 19th, 2011
6:12 pm

Who cares? 2012 Really? He can always change his mind.

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
6:13 pm

not hard to sell a pro style and Charlie Weis…guy sucked as a HC but ALWAYS got top skill players to ND…add in the fact that Brown and Blakely will be the only backs in the 2 deep after this season.

JWall

February 19th, 2011
6:18 pm

flimmers, who are the 6 teams that beat uga?

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
6:22 pm

UGA will have a good class we are going hard after big time RB Kieth Marshall who the dawgs leads we mostly focusing on defence and OL this always happens people want to bash UGA because we did not get an instate RB guys relax we got Crowell and may get RB Marshall .

ATL

February 19th, 2011
6:29 pm

Its too early people, there will be many changes as some of these boys will decommit

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
6:33 pm

@RRTDawgs….hope you are right on Marshall, but its going to be a fight with UNC for his services…we might can still get Matt Jones to flip, but we do seem to be losing some of these guys much earlier than i thought in the recruiting class especially after the great class we had, but its still early and alot is going to depend how we do next season…Its going to be seen that we are losing these guys but we need some beef on both sides of the line and some WR’s in this next class..Of course you always want to get a RB or two at least..only getting the one last year was a mistake in my opinion, even though he appears to be a special one…go dawgs

hershal BALKER

February 19th, 2011
6:34 pm

another atl bust.

hershal BALKER

February 19th, 2011
6:35 pm

these guys see the trim and commit

Army Dawg back from Iraq

February 19th, 2011
6:36 pm

Good luck to Davis. Muschamp seems to off to a good start recruiting; darn it!!! At any rate, is it just me or does it seem that there are an awful lot of early commitments this year? Chip, what is your early assessment of the Dawgs chances of landing Marshall. Go Dawgs!!!

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
6:41 pm

funny that Dawgs fans think its too early but you guys never talk about Dawg commits flipping! lol…Davis put UF at #1 as soon as he got his offer from Muschamp so that says everything. HE also jump on the offer bc a kid named Danny Dillard was getting close to pulling the trigger. Muschamp comes from Texas and coached up Saban so he knows how important it is to get the higher guys on the board early. UF class will be 75% filled by the Cocktail Party. Also, Matt Jones and many of these recruits are trying to enroll early so they know committing early is the key.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 19th, 2011
6:42 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Georgia Tech only graduates 43% of their football players.

hershal BALKER

February 19th, 2011
6:43 pm

Muschump coached up Saban, stop it you are killing me blhahahahahahah

5150 UOAD

February 19th, 2011
6:43 pm

DAWGS didN want himz. Hez not good. IFn he don’tz wanna bz a dawg den he nutThin.
Congratulations young man.Honor your word and keep in the Books and weight room.

KimZ'spackage

February 19th, 2011
6:45 pm

He is my Baby daddy. Kroy couldn’t get the job done.

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
6:51 pm

its going to be seen that fla, bama and others are taking our in state kids and so far that has been the case, a long ways to go, so things can change, but i’m surprised by the lack of offers to some of these guys…the coaching staff did a great job last year, so i have to believe in what they are doing, but i am seeing a pattern develop from some other schools who are targeting our state very early this year it appears…the dawgs better start putting up a fight against these other teams…go dawgs

Dufus dawg

February 19th, 2011
6:51 pm

Uh, he couldn’t beat out Pulpwood Smith anyhow. Is he still in school?

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
6:52 pm

Hey dawsgster K. Conley was saying that UGA leads for Marshall i do think the coaches are focusing a lot more on defence and OL for 2012 and i been hearing about this WR from Maryland Stefan Diggs who UGA is targeting .

Dekalb football fan

February 19th, 2011
6:52 pm

Charlie Weis won’t be there long to many health concerns we need to offer Blake Tibbs WR from MLK before it’s too late . UGA lost out on Demarco Robinson last year (best play maker in the State).

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
6:55 pm

@ grantparkgator, congratulations on getting the kid. You’re laying it on a little thick with the Muschamp-Saban comment. That being said, the facts are that he did not have an offer from UGA nor did he even start for his high school team. The Matt Jones commitment was a big deal, this is not even in the same category. My guess would be that Muschamp is saying anything after the FSU whipping in the 2011 recruiting class. I thought for a few minutes that I hated the Barn as much as you cut-off-jean wearing goofballs. Nope, hate you more.

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K Conley

February 19th, 2011
6:58 pm

@ RRTDawgs, I didn’t say that we lead for Marshall. I relayed information from Lowndes, who said that he believes UGA leads. My thoughts were that we would end up being his 2nd favorite school behind UNC.

Worm

February 19th, 2011
6:58 pm

Got a hundred that says the kid changes his mind..Don’t care if it’s to the dawgs or not-It’s WAY early..And what does all this say about Mack Brown?

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
6:59 pm

@RRTDawgs….well, i hope he knows something that others don’t because UNC is going after him hard…also Diggs would be a great pickup…I think the Matt Jones recruitment changed when we go Crowell, but there are still other good RB’s out there, just don’t want to miss out with one that would be a dawg if offered as in Marcus Caffey last year….still have to believe the coaching staff has a plan and it will all work out, but right now it seems we are being overshadowed by our rivals, which i dont take a liking to…go dawgs

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
7:00 pm

@ RRTDawgs, I read a little about Diggs, he said that he’s going to take all of his visits. I’m pretty sure he’s from the same high school as Akeem Hebron. If we do get his signature, I certainly hope he works out better than Akeem did.

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
7:03 pm

@K Conley…thought thats what you had been saying as i have that UNC will be hard to beat, alot will depend on what happens with the NCAA issues….I still think we can have Matt Jones give us another look since we had been his favorite…i’d like to see some O-line and D-line guys commit early to get us going…Its still early, but others seem to be living in our state, need to get them out of here…go dawgs

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
7:05 pm

@K Conly..it was a typo coached *under* Saban.

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
7:05 pm

Sorry about that Conley but i dot hink we have good shot at Marshall i agree that RB is not are biggest need since we got Crowell we need defence and OL but you know Richt wants to get a least one RB for 2012 .

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
7:07 pm

It seems the gators are going hard after the big strong type RB’s now that they are switching to a pro-style offense…lets see M. Brown, M.Davis from Ga….Matt Jones from fla…some highly touted RB’s…someone is going to be disappointed with playing time…gotta love recruiting…go dawgs

Amanda

February 19th, 2011
7:08 pm

Hey K Conley? The whippin’ by FSU in recruiting, REALLY? You an FSU fan huh? Must be cuz you know All about that huh? Florida is the national brand in college sports buddy. Despite a horrible season and finally losing to u “guys” we still managed a great class. Were used to top 5 classes(see this decades) and we never had a complete coaching staff! FSU got a great class cuz MIA and the Gates had no head coach. Enjoy it cuz ur inferior, facilities, conference, fanbase, ESPN. Welcome to the party, cuz its almost over for you and when we walk back in…urs will be ova

Gravy Train

February 19th, 2011
7:10 pm

It’s simple. Georgia wont offer until they are sure about the kid. Florida and Alabama are notorious for throwing scholarships around like candy. Plus, if Crowell and Boo are the real deal, running backs are going to shy on UGA anyway. The UGA coaching staff usually recruits the need positions first.

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
7:10 pm

Matt Jones stated that he was always high on UF but the odd staff didn’t seem too high on him…Davis may not have an UGA offer but does hold offers from FSU, Auburn, Bama and USC(west) so that tells me that he’s a hellva football player. UGA will offer just like they came in late for the Jackson kid and X Ward.

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
7:11 pm

i think i left out that these guys are pretty fast also….I’ll still take some big fast down lineman on defense as a priority as thats where you win championships…do dawgs

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
7:14 pm

Yea dawgster i don’t think Matt Jones recruitment is over it a long time till Feb 2012 somebody will be not happy .

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
7:15 pm

It is true that the dawgs do offer late many times as they want to be sure on the kid so they don’t get caught in having to pull an offer, but this also hurts them at times in some of these kids minds but if they will be patient and they want to be a dawg, then if it is need of the team this season, they will get that offer, but some get impatient ant commit after official visits, which is fine, in the end the dawgs will get a top rated class again, but it may come slower than some others…go dawgs

5150 UOAD

February 19th, 2011
7:18 pm

Gravy Train
Do you mean UGA is waiting to find out how stupid he is? UGA is waiting to see how many of the DREAM TEAM transfer before making too many offers. CROWELL is the NEXT LAST SOON TO BE HERSHELL WALKER right?

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
7:22 pm

@K Conley he didn’t start at his HS but lead the team in TD, ypc and second in rushing yard..doing it with 50 less carries than the starter.
@Worm not sure about being too early bc looking back at FSU, Bama, UGA and TX combined only had 3 players decommit who verbal before season. Also, Weis had 8 RB( 2-FB 1 HB) his last year at ND so having 4-5 RB is ideal for his offense.

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K Conley

February 19th, 2011
7:28 pm

@ Amanda, I’m not a FSU fan, but judging from your butchering of the English language you are obviously a UF product.

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
7:33 pm

@ grantparkgator, Congratulations, I hope he makes you and the Gator Nation happy.

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
7:34 pm

Hey K. Conley is any new news on the recruiting front or is it all quit right now .

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
7:36 pm

@ dawgster, I would like to see early commitments from J. Theus, J. Taylor, and L. Floyd. I think we lead for all three, and I know for a fact that we will have some terrific football players with that trio. Do you have an early feeling from Vadal Alexander? It appears that we are out of the loop with the Jenkins kid.

jp

February 19th, 2011
7:37 pm

Keith Marshall is better than both of these guys and it seems UGA has a great shot at him and that’s all that matters. UGA is leading for his services, not UNC

K Conley

February 19th, 2011
7:40 pm

@ RRTDawgs, all quiet from my end, Bama has a large group of kids on campus this weekend and I’m curious to see what commitments they come out with. I have a feeling that Greyson Lambert could commit this weekend, and I believe bigtime and blackoutanyone anticipated some positive news from some Alabama kids for Saban. I’m going to check some emails and I’ll post again later.

RRTDawgs

February 19th, 2011
7:43 pm

Jp that is good news on Marshall i have been hearing about this QB Trentan Norvell out Florida he visited UGA 3 times anyone have any info .

grantparkgator

February 19th, 2011
7:44 pm

@ KC Stephenson has great D1 talent each year and this kid is becoming a star so i’m hoping the commits stick and we make inroads at SHS….maybe it will keep UGA out of FL taking talent for a few years and make them lock down the border with Bama, UT and Aubbie coming across state lines.

dawgster

February 19th, 2011
7:44 pm

@K. Conley…not sure on Alexander….but i believe you are spot on with Jenkins, think we will miss on him, but you can never tell at this stage…Lambert can go ahead and commit to Bama as i think he will, we are in great shape at QB and are heavily targeting another bigime QB….go dawgs