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Stephenson High School RB Mike Davis liked Thursday’s recruiting trip to UGA so much that he plans to come back in January for an official visit.

When asked to rate Thursday’s trip on a scale of 1-10, Davis said, “I’d give it a 10. I was really impressed. They really showed that they wanted me, they really need running backs, and I think I could fit in very well in their offense. It was good visit, they want me to come back for an official visit, and I’m planning on going back there on Jan. 28.”

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Davis, who de-committed from the Florida last week after being pledged to the Gators for around a year, got the royal treatment during his four-hour tour UGA on Thursday.

After arriving on campus, Davis attended a meeting between UGA assistant Bryan McClendon and the team’s running backs. When practice started, Davis said he spent the entire session next to coach Mark Richt.

“It was just Mark Richt and me for the whole practice,” Davis said. “He wanted me to get a good feel for practice and the team, and see how they get after it. He talked to me about the running backs, how they really needed running backs, and if I came there that I would have the opportunity to play right away. He just made it very clear that they need running backs, and they want me.”

Ex-Florida RB commit Mike Davis will take official visit to UGA in January (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

Ex-Florida RB commit Mike Davis will take official visit to UGA in January (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

UGA has a lot of competition for Davis. He has been contacted by more than 30 colleges since de-committing from Florida. Davis took an official visit to Tennessee last week, will go to Florida State on Friday, and will take trips to South Carolina and Clemson in January. The good news for UGA? He is saving the final weekend before Friday’s national signing day for the Bulldogs.

UGA is hoping to sign at least two running backs this year, and the Bulldogs already have a commitment from Keith Marshall, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Scout.com. How will Marshall’s commitment affect Davis’ consideration of UGA? “It doesn’t really affect me. I mean, it would be a good thing.  If I went to Georgia, then Keith and I would push each other to be the best.”

Davis, the younger brother of former Clemson RB James Davis, rushed for 1,923 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Stephenson High School. He is friends with several current UGA players, including Garrison Smith, Mike Thornton and Branden Smith. He got to talk to all of the team’s running backs, included freshman sensation Isaiah Crowell.

Davis also made it a point to say that there was one other thing that stuck out to him at practice other than the running backs. “I had no idea that Alec Ogletree was that big and that fast at linebacker. He’s really, really good. Wow.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Big daddy

December 15th, 2011
7:21 pm

Go DAWGS

December 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

Go Dawgs, hope we get this guy, also. Thanks for the update.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2011
7:32 pm

Man this is major turn of events what if we actually land Davis and Gurley not to mention having Marshall and Henry talk about being loaded wow Go Dawgs .

red&black

December 15th, 2011
7:33 pm

I would still hope that no only do we sign him, but Gurley as well. You can never have too many running backs in this conference. Look at what that 4 headed monster from Baton Rouge did. I say sign them all, and then play ‘em all. Just wear people down. And during that process let Murray find Mitchell, Conley, Bennett or Orson (providing he’s still around) for the big play. This is of course providing that there are some big ‘uns up front to open some holes. It is my understanding that Theus and Debell are just nasty enough to perform such tasks.

Taco Meat

December 15th, 2011
7:33 pm

Mr. Carvell, if T. Gurley commits to the Dawgs in early January, do you think the offer to Davis will still stand?

bwell

December 15th, 2011
7:34 pm

Please come to georgia. It was obvious we lost to LSU b/c we didnt have enough RB.

Big Enos Burdette

December 15th, 2011
7:39 pm

UGA needs an “attention getter”

Big Enos Burdette

December 15th, 2011
7:41 pm

Is UGA worried that Gurley is slipping away?

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2011
7:45 pm

No i have not heard anything that we are loosing ground with Gurley he still a UGA lean i think Thomas could be the one heading out door we trying to add as much depth at RB as we can .

Joe

December 15th, 2011
7:45 pm

Perfect timing for the OV. If Gurley commits before, then Davis will no longer be recruited. If Gurley goes elsewhere the Dawgs will continue to go all out for Davis until signing day.

Hope Crowell will see this as an opportunity to step up to the plate. As good as Marshall, Gurley and Davis may or may not be, Crowell proved this year that when healthy and mentally focused, he is a big-time SEC RB. Would be nice to see him dedicate himself to dominating in 2012 and laying off the weed.

Michael Carvell

December 15th, 2011
7:46 pm

My best guess, at this point, is that UGA would take whomever committed first, Todd Gurley or Mike Davis. And, considering how many scholarships UGA has open (between 10-15), they probably could take both … if both wanted to sign with the Bulldogs. Of course, they could get neither. Will be interesting to follow over the next six weeks.

DaltonDAWG

December 15th, 2011
7:52 pm

i would like to have Gurley. think Gurley is way under ranked. Something untold on Davis and we have enough questions with the attitudes in the backfield. Marshall, Gurley and Henry seems to be great kids.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2011
7:55 pm

I would say right now Gurley is more likely but if we don’t get Davis 2013 class is loaded with RB’s .

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IL Jacket

December 15th, 2011
8:10 pm

What does this mean for Crowell, particularly if UGA does sign three RBs in this class and they already have a commit for 2012? Looks like all of these top rated backs are a little on the smallish side though. Are there any 6′2″, 220 lbers available in Georgia?

superDawg

December 15th, 2011
8:15 pm

UGA needs a few OL country boys that like steak and nawin on bones to complete the puzzle.

kerryb

December 15th, 2011
8:17 pm

I think it is more likely we get Davis than Gurley. From what I’ve read he was waiting to see who the North Carolina coach was going to be and give them a chance first. If he likes Fedora he will probably go there.

Truth

December 15th, 2011
8:18 pm

Would love to have this great kid, MD, on the team! I have seen him play….wow!

LibertyDawg

December 15th, 2011
8:19 pm

What is the chance that Richard Samuel could play at the Fullback position, and would he want to? He is huge and fast. It would be something else for defenses to watch out for.

GO DAWGS!

kerryb

December 15th, 2011
8:20 pm

We’ll be loaded with linemen next year. They just will need some experience. I heard this Beard kid from JUCO is pretty good and will have 3 years left. He will be starting in January and will probably add another 20 pounds to make him 6′ 6″, 320. Theus may be good enough to be the starting LT next year like Sturdivant was as a Freshman.

JRW7

December 15th, 2011
8:22 pm

MIKE DAVIS, UGA DAWGS need you!

kerryb

December 15th, 2011
8:22 pm

I think Ogletree and Hicks will be our FB’s next year. Hicks has the size and he was a RB in high school so he can run the ball.

Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
8:25 pm

I want gurley. My eyes dont like this giy us huge, can move a pile, and can break away once in an open field…. Stud!

He also plays big in big games, SOMETHING SERIOUSLY LACKING AT GA!

Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
8:26 pm

eyes dont lie this guy**

superDawg

December 15th, 2011
8:36 pm

TG will have the D on their good foot.Losing Rambo is huge.He started out as a freshman a little shaky,but ended up to be a DAMN GOOD DAWG.Thanks Rambo DGD!

NOBODYYOUKNOW

December 15th, 2011
8:36 pm

C-mon my young friend to UGA. You’ll be appreciated and enjoy your college career. Wise move to get away from the Gators. They’re on the way down. UGA is on the way UP.

hind tit

December 15th, 2011
8:42 pm

Just something for the Bama fans to think about. Saban has his second home on Lake Burton in the mountains of north Georgia up for sale. Could this mean he may be leaving the south east. It’s a fact.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2011
8:42 pm

Gurley or Davis would like have both TG or MD would be a good pick up no matter which one we get .

JB

December 15th, 2011
8:45 pm

After IC not being with the team at Outback today and reading this,,,,,,IC is history. Richt is trying to let him ( and probably his coach at Carver) find a place to land….say something like SC State. I don’t think ANY SEC or ACC coach will touch him…..IMHO

Dawg Man

December 15th, 2011
8:53 pm

We get him, it guarentees UGA being National Champs!!!!! NO way anyone can beat us—does anyone know where the National Championship games will be for the next 6 years? I’m making my reservations now !!!! Dawgs are the greatest team ever !!!! Bet next season 4-5 teams will forfeit instead taking a beating from us!!!

superDawg

December 15th, 2011
8:55 pm

JB I think you are right.

Blackoutanyone?

December 15th, 2011
9:02 pm

Hindtit… Bama won before Saban and will long after he is gone. That being said… Saban will be at Bama for many years to come. Keep hope alive though. Roll Tide

OkieDawg

December 15th, 2011
9:06 pm

Davis’s heart is with U of Florida. He felt snubbed in the Keith Marshall recruiting, but that will be smoothed over.

tift blue devil

December 15th, 2011
9:08 pm

I saw Davis play in Tifton this year. VERY impressive RB. Hope he will be wearing red and black.

James Davis

December 15th, 2011
9:09 pm

Clemson lock.

Blackoutanyone?

December 15th, 2011
9:10 pm

IC needed Bama more than Bama needed IC. No discipline and no competition for playing time resulted in the situation IC is in now. He would’ve benefitted from following Trent Richardson and learning how to practice and compete. Should’ve listened to his parents.

slydog

December 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

If UGA gets both Gurley and Davis, you can cancel Mr. Henry in class 2013. Just a hunch. Unless one or two of these three will be gonne: Crowell, Thomas, or Malcome

slydog

December 15th, 2011
9:22 pm

And I guess moving Samuel back to Linebacker is a foregone conclusion.

dawgster

December 15th, 2011
9:29 pm

@JB…several players were not at the outbowl function, including Coach Richt who was out recruiting…and for the record…IC did practice with the team today..I think we need to see how it plays out with him, but he is on the team and is practicing..nothing more or nothing less…go dawgs

BiggDawgK

December 15th, 2011
9:36 pm

blackoutwhatever

Yeah from everything we have seen of Crowell he would respond really well to discipline and I’m sure satan would have been patient and allowed IC to pull himself out of games, right? About the only thing you said that didn’t exhibit your allybammer brainyness was Crowell will benefit from having competition.

H-Town Dawg

December 15th, 2011
9:38 pm

I think the Dawgs get both Davis and Gurley.

Lame Brain

December 15th, 2011
9:42 pm

Congrats Big Daffy for being another “first” idiot!

How smart can Davis be for even thinking of looking at Bulldogs with the # 1 running back going there?

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2011
9:43 pm

Agree dawgster there has been nothing about IC and him leaving enough with that crap still say Gurley is more likely to sign with UGA but if we get Davis it would be a shock strange things happen with recruiting .

Sec fan

December 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

Hey blackout anyone……..bama has 2 titles in 25 yrs. Live in the now, you aren’t that great.
And half the titles from 70 yrs ago are disputed from time to time.

Saban has 1, and is about to get rolled going for two. I say keep that hope alive, I hope Saban does stay. He is selling that home bc he and a custom builder tried to make a “dollar” then the Mkt crashed.

Sec fan

December 15th, 2011
9:56 pm

If IC would have listened to his parents he would have watched the secc game at home. He will payoff next yr. His actions from this yr would have played out next yr at bama, he would not have seen the field. Just wait, we get bama next two yrs, that junior yr of Crowell he will run up 150 at Sanford vs Nicky.

Sec fan

December 15th, 2011
9:57 pm

Lsu 24 bama 13. Poor okie state should have had their shot.

How bout another Jermaine Phillips please...

December 15th, 2011
10:19 pm

superDawg – has Rambo declared for the draft, or are you speculating since he’s 1st team all-american? I’d like to see more of the Harrow kid – big hitter, hopefully can cover.

I’d love to see a healthy Crowell have a big game next month, then learn how to “do school” and let maturity process take hold. Bring on Davis and Gurley, add in some Boo, Thomas, and Samuel… wow, I’ll take that stable any day.

BG

December 15th, 2011
10:19 pm

GO DAWGS! Come on down Mr. Davis.

LeftCoastDawg

December 15th, 2011
10:43 pm

For the record! Dawgs might not play Bama next year. Missouri will likely replace Bama on the schedule. We might find out by tomorrow at the earliest though we probably won’t know until next week.

Chris

December 15th, 2011
10:57 pm

wow!!! first of all great article (atleast for uga fans probably making sec defensive coordinators a little nervous. I thought we would get gurley but i didn’t think we had a shot at davis after he decomitted. So this is great news. Imagine the depth we have next year samuel, crowell, malcome, gurley, thomas, marshall, and davis…… Thats a lot of backs that are all pretty solid. I hope isaiah can have a great bowl game to get him some momentum going into the off season. I am rooting for him. He has been under so much pressure i can’t even imagine the position he wasput in. I hope he matures and if he does and learns to have an sec back’s mentality WATCH OUT!!!!