UGA landed the No. 1 running back in the nation with Keith Marshall on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs have also entered the sweepstakes for the player who many consider the No. 1 running back in Georgia.
Stephenson High School’s Mike Davis, who de-committed from Florida on Sunday after being pledged to the Gators for nearly a year, was offered by UGA on Tuesday.
UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner called Stephenson’s coaches on Monday night to confirm that Davis de-committed from Florida. Garner showed up the next day at the Stone Mountain school to offer Davis in person.
“Georgia saw Mike as a junior and they were slow to react,” Stephenson assistant Corey Johnson said. “They said now that they had a second chance, they were going to move very fast with a scholarship offer and they did. Mike was excited and thankful for the offer.”
Around 30 colleges have inquired about Davis since he abruptly backed off his longtime commitment to Florida because of a “misunderstanding with the [coaches].”
Who else is in the running for Mike Davis? “I talked with Mike and he said the Georgia offer meant a lot to him,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports. “I know his mother would like for him to stay close to home for college. I’d say it is wide open for Mike. He’s starting over again from scratch. He has got some teams he’s going to visit. I feel like Georgia will get a visit, along with South Carolina, maybe FSU and Alabama. He’s already been to Tennessee.”
How will Keith Marshall’s commitment affect UGA’s chances with Davis? “I asked Mike what his thoughts were about going to Georgia in the same class as Keith Marshall. Mike said if he picked Georgia, it would not be a problem. He said he would like that type of situation because they would push each other to get better.”
UGA’s sudden interest in Davis also has created speculation that the Bulldogs may not be feeling as confident about their chances of landing the No. 2 target at RB, Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C. He is close friends with Marshall, the two went on official visits to UGA on the same weekend together, and have talked frequently about playing in the same backfield in college.
“All I know is this: Georgia is going to do whatever it has to do to get two running backs in this class,” Mansell said. “They have made that clear to everybody, including Keith Marshall. Georgia is going to be in it for Todd Gurley. It’s shaping up as another Georgia vs. Clemson battle, and North Carolina is going to be in the mix after they name a new coach.”
UGA has 16 commitments for its 2012 recruiting class, including three offensive linemen. They want to sign a total of six offensive lineman this year, along with at least two RBs.
More on Davis: He’s the younger brother of former Clemson RB James Davis. The younger Davis rushed for 1,923 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Stephenson in Georgia’s largest classification. “Not only is Mike is good running back, but he is also an outstanding kid,” Johnson said. “He has great character, he’s a hard worker, and his teammates enjoy being around him.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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