With Keith Marshall committed, UGA quickly offers RB Mike Davis

UGA offers ex-Florida RB commit Mike Davis (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

UGA offers ex-Florida RB commit Mike Davis (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

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.”

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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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OTHER BIG RECRUITING STORIES OF THE DAY

  • Flowery Branch’s Kanler Coker (pictured), one of the state’s top QBs, will be the fourth straight QB from his high school to sign a D1 scholarship. He was on the radar with SEC and ACC schools. Where is Coker going? Click here
  • Big news for UGA? One of the nation’s top uncommitted seniors showed up at UGA’s game on Wednesday. Do the Bulldogs have a shot at him? (Go here)
  • More basketball: A 7-footer from Atlanta committed to South Florida (click on story link)

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362 comments Add your comment

crowell1

December 7th, 2011
1:55 pm

Frankly

December 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

We certainly need him, come on over to Athens Mr Davis.

bitter hershal

December 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

2nd——stay home—buld us strong—–join the soon to be SEC CHAMPS OF 2012

chilidawg

December 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

It's "Herschel"

December 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

bitter hershal

December 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

H MASON and M.DAVIS from the ATL running our show——-go dawgs

GTBob

December 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

Why would he want to be 3rd or 4th string at UGA?

bitter hershal

December 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

spell police make me evan more bitter—–thanks

Dap01

December 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

Mike Davis seems a perfect fit, great talent and great character. Congratulations Mr. Davis on having such great options. If you choose UGA, you can be a home state hero, play for a great team and get a great education.

harold

December 7th, 2011
2:16 pm

WITH CROWELL FEELING SO DISRESPECTED BY UGA HE WILL TRANSFER. THIS KID WON’T COME TO UGA BECAUSE HE WOULD BE SECOND FIDDLE TO MARSHALL.

THE UGA FANS DON’T LIKE CROWELL.

huntdawg

December 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

GTBob being third string at UGA is always better than starting at GT.

Spaceman Spiff

December 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

@ harold

You are an idiot…

GrantParkGator

December 7th, 2011
2:18 pm

UF was your first SEC offer and stood by you from the start…low 3* commit to Top 100 player…now FSU,Bama and UGA won’t to fill you ears with crap. Make the best choice for yourself and stand behind it. “As a kid you always want to stay close to home, but UGA didn’t recruit me,” Davis said. “Of course I use it as motivation. I’m the No. 1 running back in Georgia, and they’ve never talked to me. I’m looking forward to playing against Georgia.”

coachx

December 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

Davis is a beast in the MJD mold. Hopefully he is a Dawg and puts it on the Gators in Jacksonville for years to come.

SwimTeamer

December 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

Gurley is an excellent running back. He has helped his team win 3 state championships, and played his best in this year’s state championship, almost 300 yards, and 4 td’s. Would love to get him.

Spaceman Spiff

December 7th, 2011
2:22 pm

@ Swim

Gurley won’t be going to UGA – he will follow that new coach to NC…

McDawg

December 7th, 2011
2:22 pm

sure harold

whathappen w/ Jalen Fields? Outlaw was not expected to come but did we back off firlds or other way around

Crap

December 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

The UGA fans don’t like Harold.

Spaceman Spiff

December 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

@ GrantParkGaytor

Bitter, are we?

True Dawg Fan

December 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

GrantParkGator

December 7th, 2011
2:18 pm
UF was your first SEC offer and stood by you from the start…low 3* commit to Top 100 player…now FSU,Bama and UGA won’t to fill you ears with crap. Make the best choice for yourself and stand behind it. “As a kid you always want to stay close to home, but UGA didn’t recruit me,” Davis said. “Of course I use it as motivation. I’m the No. 1 running back in Georgia, and they’ve never talked to me. I’m looking forward to playing against Georgia.”

too bad Muschump lied to him and now you will be cut off from Stevenson hahahhahahaha. Way to go!!

Bob Loblaw

December 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

HAROLD

Every UGA fan that I know can’t wait to see #1 and #4 splitting carries next year. Get over it, Troll. How’s Tech doing in recruiting this year? Have they cracked the top 80?

Ed Pilcher

December 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

Guess he’d still be all gator if Coach Boom hadn’t lied to him.

richmondDawg

December 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

Fedora, from S. Miss? A good coach, from what I hear, but not a guy to command a following, especially this late in the game…I would be more worried about Clempson getting in his ear…

Spanky

December 7th, 2011
2:26 pm

This kid reminds me of Randall Cobb(Kentucky last yr). That Scat-back gave us fits with his quickness and special teams play! So, yeah, we’d benifit big-time with this kind of back!!

KOOL

December 7th, 2011
2:27 pm

Dear harold,

I’m a UGA fan. I like Crowell.

Sincerely,

KOOL

Bogey

December 7th, 2011
2:32 pm

Make sure you know why he decommitted to Fla. Did the coaches really lie to him or did he just get his feelings hurt? Another “me first” running back we don’t need.

gbal

December 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

GT Bob Harold … Obnoxious

Brainiac(Dawg For Life) / (CMR fan for life)

December 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

@GTBob” It is unlikely Davis will be 3rd or 4th string at UGA. It would be more like LSU’s RB by committee. It seems to be working out pretty good for them. Regardless of that Davis will get his share and more of the carries. He is much more than speed although he’s got that too. He will be a better every down back than IC or KM. We want him and need him. Probably the last peice of SEC Champs puzzle for UGA.

82noledog

December 7th, 2011
2:34 pm

Can’t have enough horses in the stable – there is room in the inn. As for IC, people love redemption and winning. If he gets his act together and contributes in the fall, his current status will be as forgotten as CMR’s hot seat. If not, there is opportunity aplenty for others to step up.

GrantParkGator

December 7th, 2011
2:34 pm

@truedawg lol that’s why we still have a player committed from SHS…unlike the lies/Richt and staff have told those kids over the years and passing over them for OOS players. His brother is playing a big hand in the issue and UGA will soon find out..just like LSU after visting last week. I wish the kid the best but UF didn’t ‘lie.Mike wanted UF controls the recruiting board but planned to take trips to SEC schools and UF said “No”. I wish the kid the best but UF didn’t ‘lie”…Muschamp isn’t Meyer and he won’t promise anything to these kids and their “advisers”.

Pilfer Dawg

December 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

yep richmond

KD

December 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

Just go and sign both of them, Crowell will not make to spring practice. Either by grades or the cowardly way out, because of competition, TRANSFER.

SouthGaDawg

December 7th, 2011
2:37 pm

Well, I have watched this kid play.They even made a highlight film of the game for his resume. i was very dissapointed in the whole Stephenson football team but Mike Davis was a one man show. This kid is really good. I would say he looked a lot like that kid who played for Lowndes Co. that went to FSU. (Greg reed) except Mike has a bigger frame. He will be a great back where ever he lands that is certain and I hope it is at UGA. I really like Crowell but I dont know if he will straighten up or ship out. it would really be great to have Crowell, marshall and Davis on the same team.

Academics Anyone??

December 7th, 2011
2:38 pm

The question no one has answered yet on this kid is how are his academics?? The Florida deal smacks of academic deficiencies, but that has not slowed down any SEC team before! Notice that the high school coach said the kid was well liked, but never mentioned that he was a good student? Seems the kid thought he had a “guaranteed deal that the poor academics would not be a problem”. More often than not these kids that commit early lay down from that point forward, and slack off on the school work. Hope that is not the case, but the blame rests with the coaches (college and HS included) around him! They need better roll models.

Brainiac(Dawg For Life) / (CMR fan for life)

December 7th, 2011
2:41 pm

@Crap: Dawg fans don’t like Harold nor do they dislike Harold, That means nobody in Dawg Nation knows/cares who Harold is.

Harold = Irrelevant

Ty

December 7th, 2011
2:41 pm

I hope that both Davis and Gurley sign that way the Dawgs will have a great stable of running backs with them plus Marshall and Crowell. Cause that was a big problem this year. Look at LSU, they have 4 top notch backs that they use to keep all them fresh and their running game is the best in country.

ECB

December 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

Anybody remember how many RB”s LSU ran against us??? The more RB’s the better!! Carlton Thomas is on his way out!! Crowell is here to stay…

GrantParkGator

December 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

@Academics someone raised that question on Rivals but if he’s taking OV then he at least has a min SAT/ACT score on file…could be a back story but nothing has made the rounds on Gator boards.

SwimTeamer

December 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

I think if McGarity ever gets back into town, and signs a nice, long term contract extension with Mark Richt, then some fo these kids will get off the fence.

Marshall said the biggest thing that almost sent him to pick Clemson was the uncertainty around Richt’s job status.

Greg McGarity needs to get this done. Then I think a guy like Gurley, who is good friends with Marshall, will be excited about picking us 1st.

Fedora? Come on now. Maybe if McGarity doesn’t sign Richt to a long term contract.

Otherwise, Gurley wants to play with Marshall. And the SEC gives the best chance at a Heisman and a National Championship, and going pro.

Academics Anyone??

December 7th, 2011
2:47 pm

Truth be known, the Crowell kid was a problem (both academically and morally) when in high school, but all the SEC schools seem to forget that because of the money he can make them. What you did not hear was the number of schools that took one look, and backed off! Carver is known in the coaching community as “bad academics”, and the coaches there are similar to those at Stephenson…recruiting players, not promoting academics, and plain poor coaches (check out what they both have done with the vast amounts of talent they have both squandered! Can you imagine what one of the legendary coaches in Georgia high school annuals would have done at either school? It would have been the next Valdosta dynasty! Its a shame, but reality, and the Rodney Garner’s of the world continue to do their thing!

Bad Dawg

December 7th, 2011
2:48 pm

Agree with 82nole dog, the more the merrier. IC and KM are not interchangable. Different size and skills. Having 2-3 horses like that will change things up and give each other a rest. Besides, we have seen what injuries and lack of discipline can do to the program. Bench strength wins championships. I don’t have much faith in IC right now but who knows, he may grow up before next year and surprise us. If not, his replacement is in the wings. Let the best Dawg play!

PR

December 7th, 2011
2:50 pm

Seriously… someone needs to take Harold’s posting privledges away. Dude sure doesn’t seem very bright…

BigTimeTechFan

December 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

Anybody remember how many RB”s LSU ran against us??? The more RB’s the better!! Carlton Thomas is on his way out!! Crowell is here to stay…

Won’t work at UGA, their fanbase would not accept 13 passes with 8 completions a game, they would call it gimmick and HS offense

BurytheBone

December 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

A kid like Marshall is a big step in the right direction. Super attitude, good student and heck of a good high school RB. Thanks for choosing the Dawgs KM. Very bright future for the players at UGA.

JDawg1785

December 7th, 2011
2:52 pm

There’s a definite need for depth in the backfield at UGA. Mike Davis could come in an make an immediate impact. Hope to see you in red and black, Mike!

UGA Alum

December 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

@GTBob: like previously mentioned, LSU runs 4 RBs and that seems to have worked very well for them. It’s only 4th string on paper since they will all see the field. Too bad Tech can’t even get 1 RB that’s worth anyone’s time from the SEC…must suck being 4th string in the state behind UGA, Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

Les W. Moore

December 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

Ha, ha, ha. UGA is where high school elite RBs go to rot on the vine. Only Knowshon Moreno has met the lofty expectations.

I. Crowell was the lynchpin of the Dream Team. King and Ealy before him.

GTKurt80

December 7th, 2011
2:55 pm

First of all, congrats on getting the “# 1″ RB, coupled with your “# !” from last year, great job. But seriously, do you think another “# 1″ would sign, there do seem to be a lot of “# 1’s”, he could end up “# 3″. This kid, if really a “# 1″, should have his choice of a number of schools. Ya’ll should look at a solid backup #3 or #4, I’m sure ya’ll have them all numbered.
But don’t fret, I’m sure with your two #1’s, you’ll have a great running game for that Nat. Champ. run to be #1.

cadawg

December 7th, 2011
2:55 pm

personally i’d rather have gurley than davis, but it’s good to see us aggressively addressing a position of need. we’re looking very hard at chris brown from seminole county as well, who i’m told LOVES the dawgs and would commit on the spot if offered. depending on how some other things shake out, it’s possible that we’ll sign 3 RB’s in this class.

Taco Meat

December 7th, 2011
2:56 pm

Come to UGA and earn a spot kiddo! Make Muschamp pay for his lies!