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