Could the Florida Gators be in danger of losing star RB Mike Davis?

Mike Davis (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Mike Davis (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Could Florida be in danger of losing one of Georgia’s top running backs?

Stephenson High School’s Mike Davis, who committed early to the Gators, confirmed to the AJC that he plans to visit other schools but remains committed to Florida.

“I just want to take my visits with my teammates,” Davis explained. “There’s nothing there with me committing to another school. It’s just me going to have fun with my teammates while they are having fun. I want to enjoy the time with them because I know this might be my last time with them. Of course I’m committed to the Florida Gators. I’m not trying to go anywhere else.”

Which other schools may get visits from Davis? He isn’t ready to say. “I don’t know.” Davis had around 15 early offers when he committed to Florida last February over Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Penn State.  What about UGA or Georgia Tech? “I haven’t heard anything from Georgia,” he said. If Davis goes on a trip with a teammate, it may be to South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt or Miami – some of the schools where his Stephenson teammates have committed.

Back to Florida: Davis said he has proof that he’s firmly committed to the Gators. “I think I showed that on the video. I did the Gator Chomp in the end zone after I scored. I had everybody doing it in the stands.”

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Davis was talking about his electrifying 71-yard touchdown run (see video below) in Stephenson’s 14-3 win over Parkview last Friday. It was a much-needed jolt after the entire Stephenson offense struggled in the preseason. His older brother, former Clemson tailback James Davis, was in attendance.

“I just wanted to make a big play for my team,” Davis said. “We were struggling early on with a team we shouldn’t have been struggling with, in my opinion. You know, they say defense is always ahead of offense when you first start a football season, so I just wanted to get us going on that side of the ball.”

Davis said his older brother, who is awaiting a call from another NFL team after being released from the Washington Redskins, was proud. “He said it was crazy how I made defenders look confused and off balance on that run,” Davis said. “I’m just glad I could do something to help us win. That’s the only thing that matters.”

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107 comments Add your comment

Classy kid

August 30th, 2011
9:17 am

Did he get a penalty for the gator chomp?

Mark Richt coaches his players down

August 30th, 2011
9:20 am

The kid knows @ UGA ,no chance of playing for or winning a national title or sec title.

MikeP

August 30th, 2011
9:32 am

In a sense, every recruit out there that has committed is a candidate for switching schools. Quite a few of them take official visits to other places to get a free steak dinner, see the sights and have some fun. Sounds like Davis is sticking with UF.

Saban

August 30th, 2011
9:40 am

He wanted to play at Alabama, but he could only pay us 50k. Good pick up for the Gators. He could go to Athens? Do the Dawgs plan at re-match with Central Florida?

bitter thugnificent

August 30th, 2011
9:46 am

all—burn made me a new offer$$$——im just thinking yaaaw———–money$$, no money$$????

———————————–what u think i gonna do—yaaaw——-hahahahahah–fla–ur–da!!!

ratherBgambling

August 30th, 2011
9:48 am

I would take free trips too with my friends but he is all Gator.

3 out of last 4

August 30th, 2011
9:50 am

Hey Saban, the dawgs have beaten Bama 3 out of last 4 times we played…maybe he wants to go to Bama and get beaten by Louisiana Monroe

Gamecock for life

August 30th, 2011
9:53 am

Let him be a Gator… perfect mentality for that program

seabass

August 30th, 2011
10:04 am

Welcome to thug U. Suprised he didn’t go to Miami.

King Gator

August 30th, 2011
10:16 am

Let him be a Gator… perfect mentality for that program
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You mean he likes to win and not get drunk and take a pi$$ in public, yea that’s about right. Go Gators!

Mad at the World?

August 30th, 2011
10:18 am

@William. Lack of character because he chooses to do a little traveling? He didn’t beg anyone to buy him a ticket. All the money these colleges make. C’mon man, wake up!

ATL Sports Fan

August 30th, 2011
10:21 am

This is all part of the game. How many of you all have been on an “Official” recruiting visit? I am willing to think maybe 1 or 2 posters have been on a real recruiting visit. I can speak from experience, these visits are first class. From stepping off the plane to being driven back to the airport. I will say this. There are some coaches who will not schedule official visits from players whom they do not feel they have a real shot at landing. With his comments, I would worry about some coaches not allowing him to accompany his friends.

Ramblin Man

August 30th, 2011
10:26 am

If the schools want to pay for the trip instead of investing the time in a different RB then so be it.

Florida here

August 30th, 2011
10:46 am

Dang…..he good

Bob Loblaw

August 30th, 2011
10:51 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Dawg Tired

August 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Stick with your commitment son. A man is no better than his word.

Destin Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:00 am

that was a cool run.. very elusive.. come to Athens !!!

Dirty Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:13 am

Hasn’t heard from Georgia? Could it be that we already have all the ‘iddy-biddy’ runnin’ backs we need? Now if he were 6′1″, or 2″, and 220 or so, then we’re talkin’ ‘what in blazes do you mean we haven’t recruited him?’

NFL

August 30th, 2011
11:21 am

Saban, Quit calling us, you proved you can’t cut it here. Try finishing better than fourth in your division this year.

Bgdawg

August 30th, 2011
11:25 am

I find it pretty obvious why we didn’t recruit him. He’s good no doubting that, but is he the best running back in the nation? Nah uga has a bigger, faster and better recruit in mind. His name is keith marshall!

Disgraced UGA AD

August 30th, 2011
12:17 pm

UF already has a commitment from a bigger back (6-2, 200+), so Davis is a good compliment.

Dirty Harry

August 30th, 2011
12:45 pm

THE KID WOULD HAVE TO SIT THE BENCH AT GEORGIA! PLENTY OF PLAYING TIME WITH THE HAS-BEEN GATORS!

Wake Forest needs love too

August 30th, 2011
12:50 pm

Come to WF. We got nothing!

Chokin' Grantham

August 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

We need this kid, when the current next Herschels don’t make the cut academically (apparently it’s possible). We just ain’t got enough Jim Harrick Jrs. to teach every class.
And, I know, I know, I can’t get through a bathroom door, I know, ok!

tide roll

August 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

Did you Dawg fans read Aaron Murray’s comments in the Athens Banner Herald’s Sunday football preview. They asked a number of players to relate unusual experiences on recruiting trips. Murray takes it upon himself to relate a coach telling him he was going to take him to the film room, turn off all the lights, and “give him a ride he would never forget”. What is wrong with this kid? Is he so stuck on himself thet he wants us all to know grown men are attracted to him? Young kids read these previews. the guy needs to keep his mouth shut. Next, I make the mistake of watching Chuck Dowdle’s preview of the Dawgs, and for some reason it includes a segment of Murray and Ben Jones viewing an i-pod. When they talk to one another, I swear it looks like they’re about to kiss. They’re literally about 1 inch away from one another. If Richt’s not willing to do something about this crap (and apparently he’s not), then McGarity needs to step in. It’s downright disgusting. Give me D. J. Shockley and Cam Newton over this “In love with myself” Murray any day.

Inconvenient facts

August 30th, 2011
1:05 pm

Gators- Georgia has 5 National titles and 12 conference titles in football. Florida has 3 nationals and 7 conference. And it’s spelled complement. Got it?

Ray Goof's Hat

August 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

Name the years of Georgia’s supposed 5 national titles and the entity awarding the title. Florida actually has 8 SEC titles. Guess spelling rather than math is your subject.

Tide fan

August 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

6 million a year for a coach and STILL can’t beat Auburn?

cdpridg

August 30th, 2011
1:32 pm

1927, 42, 46, 68 and 80 all recognized as Natl Championship years in the storied annuals of Bulldawg football….SIC’EM!

PTC DAWG

August 30th, 2011
1:37 pm

Can the adults get a place for comments?

Ray Goff

August 30th, 2011
1:42 pm

Got one of my old players coaching the Gators. Bringing ‘em down from the inside.

Ray Goof's Hat

August 30th, 2011
1:42 pm

Recognized as national champions by whom (other than 1980)?? Heck, the 1968 team finished 8-1-2 and number 8 in the final AP poll.

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
1:48 pm

Camecock for life…..

What mentality would that be……graduate 69% (Florida) of their football players or 60% (South Carolina)? Looks like the “mentality” is a little less at South Carolina. Yep, it will fit perfectly into the mentality at Florida…..a better chance of getting a degree at Florida vs. at South Carolina. And, under Muschamp, that 69% will be on the rise.

Now….take your feathers out of your back end.

Ray Goff

August 30th, 2011
1:53 pm

Litkenhous champs in 1968. Beat Florida 51 to nothing. Great year.

Don't Forget National Title Number Six

August 30th, 2011
1:55 pm

The Macon Telegraph is proud to award the 2010 College Football National Championship to the University of Georgia Bulldogs!!

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
2:02 pm

Who cares about spelling and math on a sports blog……it should be about facts, logic, and reasoning……oh…..forget about that, too.

Ray Goof's Hat

August 30th, 2011
2:04 pm

Ok, now I understand the criteria. To be consistent, you’d have to add the 1984 national championship to UF’s total. Sagarin, the New York Times and the Sporting News, among others, awarded Florida the national championship that year (which included a 27-0 win over Georgia).

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
2:06 pm

Ray Goff….

Georgia has excellent football tradition going back to the 50’s. Florida has great tradition going back to the 1990s. Florida is dominating now vs. Georgia…..but don’t knock Georgia’s football history….lot of good history there. Florida is still establishing it….and doing a good job of it. But both take a big back seat to Alabama and LSU.

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
2:11 pm

Mike Davis and Matt Jones will make a great one-two punch running behind Jeff Driskell and Jacoby Brissett at Florida….

….and when did 5′9″ and 200 lbs. become a small back? I think Crowell is 195 lbs….right?

UF going down

August 30th, 2011
2:12 pm

Gators got the Clap

Wheres LSwho's big history?

August 30th, 2011
2:15 pm

between 50’s (Cannon) and 2000’s (Saban and Looney Tunes Miles)

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 30th, 2011
2:30 pm

@ tide (t)roll. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being. Why your drivel is not banned I cannot figure out. Please, please do us all a favor and fade away like the stench you create with posts like that.

npgator

August 30th, 2011
2:32 pm

He sounds firm to me and just wants to travel. Go Gators!

Snoop Dawg

August 30th, 2011
2:34 pm

UGA doesn’t need another midget running back. UGA needs some smash mouth runners that linebackers do not want to meet head to head.

Ray Goff

August 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

Listen hat, nobody counts the Gators 1984 season because they were on probation from 107 NCAA infractions. You don’t want to be like Auburn do you?

intheknow

August 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

Florida can keep him…we don’t need him at Georgia….sounds like a ME player and not a team player….Florida Gators = Thug U.

Snoop Dawg

August 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Midget running backs are popular in the ACC, but they get KO’ed in the SEC…

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

Sitting here watching “The Experts” show on ESPNU…..and guess what…..David “Georgia Homer” Pollack…..says the Gators have no chance in the SEC East this year. I was shocked! He then went on to rave about Murray and Georgia….I was shocked even more. Man…the dude should wear his Georgia hat on the set.

Ray Goff

August 30th, 2011
2:48 pm

The Gators don’t have a chance with one of our own coaching there. The fix is in. (wink wink)

TampaGator

August 30th, 2011
2:49 pm

intheknow……

Yep…….he certainly looked like a “me” player in the long, unbelieveable TD run against Parkview. I guess that those Stephenson players really like “me” on their team.