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.”
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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