Ex-Florida RB recruit Mike Davis reveals what went wrong with Gators

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Did UGA get some good news about another top RB on Sunday?

Maybe so, maybe not. We’re not quite sure. But it could change again any minute. It’s that time of year again, the final stretch of recruiting where anything can and will happen before kids sign on the dotted line on February’s national signing day.

The top RB is Stephenson High School’s Mike Davis, who recently de-committed from Florida for undisclosed reasons after being pledged to the Gators for nearly a year. He was quickly offered by UGA and made an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs. Davis is such a priority to Mark Richt that he spent an entire practice attached to his hip.

Fast forward to Sunday: Mike Davis showed up for the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, and did a round of interviews with reporters.

UGA fans got excited when Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell reported this:

RB Mike Davis came out and said Georgia is his leader and if he was to announce this weekend it would have been them, but he has decided against that now. Will visit South Carolina, Georgia and Clemson before he decides. Georgia in driver’s seat.

A couple of hours later, PalmettoSports.com reported this:

In a series of text messages, Davis denied telling Rivals he had a favorite. When asked who he had named as a favorite, Davis replied, “Nobody.” When told that Rivals reported he had disclosed Georgia as his favorite, Davis replied, “No.” When asked as a follow up if he had disclosed a favorite, Davis replied, “No.” Davis has made it known he has made his decision. A source said earlier this week the decision came down to USC and Georgia.

Then, a couple of hours later, we had some video evidence. Maybe this would clarify everything? It actually didn’t, because apparently the same questions weren’t asked. However, there were a couple of new ones that supported the UGA-endorsed conspiracy theories. During an video interview with Rivals, Davis was asked which school he would pick if he had to sign this weekend?

Davis: “If it was this weekend, I wouldn’t know … it would probably be UGA if it was this weekend … but I wouldn’t know yet.”

Mike Farrell of Rivals: “Right now, it’s safe to say UGA is probably the team to beat?”

Davis: “It’s somewhat like that … then again, I’m leaving it open for those five schools.” [Davis lists his finalists as UGA and South Carolina, along with Clemson, FSU and Tennessee]

Finally, we traded our own texts messages with Davis in an effort to set the record straight.

AJC: There was a Rivals story saying you named UGA as your leader. Yes or no?

Davis: No

AJC: When asked in a video interview about which school you would pick if you had to sign today, you said “it would probably be UGA.” Do you still feel that way? Or differently?

Davis: I don’t have a response.

In fairness to Davis, these types of recruiting issues are all new to him. He committed to the Florida Gators last February, and laid low for nearly a full year, only backing off from the Gators a few weeks ago. This is a new ballgame for Davis.

At the time, Davis declined to go into details about his messy divorce from Florida. However, Davis was full of surprises on Sunday. Maybe it was the Texas weather? Davis spoke candidly about his de-commitment in the video interview with Rivals:

Rivals: “How hard was it to de-commit from Florida?”

Davis: “It wasn’t that hard to de-commit once I found out some things going on down there, things I was told by the coaching staff … it wasn’t hard.”

Rivals: “What were you told?”

Davis: “I was told they weren’t going to recruit anybody outside of me and Matt Jones [RB from Seffner, Fla., committed to Florida]. I asked about it, and they said I was never going to hear about it again. Then it was brought back up. And then, only one coach was sent to my house. But the next day, you send a whole coaching staff to another running back’s house, then there’s something wrong.”

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 (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

We assume Davis was referring to Florida’s flirtation with Keith Marshall, the 5-star RB from Raleigh, N.C., who committed to UGA over Clemson, while also considering Florida and South Carolina. What about that? How will Marshall committing to UGA affect the Bulldogs’ chances of landing Davis, too? Davis claims it won’t.

UGA is desperately seeking to sign at least two running backs this year, and maybe more. There’s even a “UGA’s Four Horsemen” photo of Isaiah Crowell, Mike Davis, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley circulating on the Internet. You can look at the graphic here. Gurley, who is from Tarboro, N.C., has UGA and North Carolina, along with Clemson and NC State, on his shortlist.

Back to Davis: He is scheduled to announce on Jan. 31. Davis told reporters last week that he already knew which school he was going to pick, but wouldn’t name the college. He has already taken official visits to Tennessee and Florida State, and has recruiting trips scheduled for South Carolina on Jan. 13, UGA on Jan. 20 and Clemson on Jan. 27.

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204 comments Add your comment

l dog

January 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

The real ric slic stick schwarz

January 1st, 2012
7:43 pm

Coach McLendon

January 1st, 2012
7:46 pm

FIRST! Come on Davis, Lord knows we need you!

Kramer

January 1st, 2012
7:56 pm

I would rather lose one of the remaining rb’s on our radar and pick up another 4-5 star ol. If we get Gurley or Davis we will be deep at rb. However, we need ol to block for the rb’s we will have. IMO.

5150 UOAD

January 1st, 2012
7:56 pm

I never say FIRST even when I am 1st.

ATL Gator

January 1st, 2012
7:57 pm

Let’s all go play for Mark Richt. He’s the same genius that projected Cam Newton (Heisman winner, BCS championship winner, NFL #1 pick & NFL Rookie of Year) as a tight end rather than quarterback. BAHAHAHAHAHA

Hollywould

January 1st, 2012
8:03 pm

Leg humpers deserve him/what a joke/They said they would not want another rb besides me and the other guy/ wah, wah,wah

Jasper Sanks

January 1st, 2012
8:05 pm

It don’t matter who the running back is if you are getting hit as soon as you get the handoff. Heck, it might even cause you to fumble. UGA needs big ol’ linemen, and lots of them.

Beast from the East Eaten by Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:06 pm

JB

January 1st, 2012
8:12 pm

We need him. The other kid out out NC probably going to NC. I would like to add another OL. We appear to have big, good ones. We need a couple of lockdown corners also…… Beast, happy New Year.

Beast from the East Eaten by Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:13 pm

I was excited about him coming to UF, but after his little tantrum over being “dissed” because they only sent one coach to his house I say good luck whever you land. Muschamp has already had to clean house of these types of “me first” players. We need players that want to play for the University of Florida…..not that want to be treated like pampered celebrities. His brother is the one that got him all riled up over this whole silly issue.

GATOR CHOMP

January 1st, 2012
8:14 pm

Beast from the East Eaten by Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:14 pm

Happy New Year, JB!
Hope ya’ll kick some Spartan butt tomorrow!

Milledgeville Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:19 pm

Hey Atl Gator, have fun with Muschamp he is the biggest idiot this side of Lane Kiffin.

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:23 pm

That is an interesting article beast from the east. I am utterly shocked that he grew up a Gator but decided to instead commit to UGA. He must truly believe UGA is the place for him but I would not be surprised if he stayed home to be the feature back for Florida that is if Muschamp is still there. If Florida has a good year then he will probably flip, if they stink it up which I doubt he will sign with Georgia.

Troll Power Ratings

January 1st, 2012
8:24 pm

@5150 UOAD: It takes dedication and devotion to place first or near it on a Georgia blog as consistently as you do. You are a true troll poster child, imaTOAD. Thanks so much for caring.

RevThomas

January 1st, 2012
8:24 pm

Gurley seems to have is head on straight – Love Our Coach Richt – 20 more years would be great for us – lock him up with a contract!!!! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Oblama

January 1st, 2012
8:25 pm

UGA has a good chance of getting Avery Young and Greene, who is currently committed to Bama. This would be the best recruiting OL class they have had since Richt has been there. That, along with the RB’s will make them a formidable offense for at least the next 3 years. The word is that Christian LeMay is really looking good at QB and may push Murray for playing time.

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:28 pm

Atl Gator, You should be ashamed you turned your back on your home state. I always wondered how people grow up in Georgia and end up being fans of rival schools. Probably a band wagoner. Seriously though good luck to the Gators next year. I am hoping all the SEC East teams do well so all these fans stop calling their division weak. Maybe Alabama and LSU is just that much better than everybody else and Arkansas is very good too. Not to mention they have 3 or 4 of the best coaches in college football. The coaches in the east outside of Spurrier and Richt are unproven. I think things will even out over time.

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:33 pm

RevThomas, Richt around for another 20 years sounds scary to me, most of the other SEC schools are begging Richt to stay because they don’t fear him, meanwhile dawg nation is resigned to hoping that Nick Saban will take a better job oppurtunity. If he wins 2 MNC championships in 5-6 years then maybe he deserves it but he has done nothing as of late to prove he should be here forever. By the way lifetime contracts are given to coaches who win national championships. See Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

RevThomas, What has Richt done the last 5-6 years to deserve to be here 20 more years? Do you agree that he should at least have to win a national championship or compete for one right? Are you aware that fans of other SEC schools are hoping that he gets an extension because they do not fear UGA with Richt at the helm? Don’t drink the kool-aid, I would be happy to start beating some quality opponents which has not happened in awhile.

Taco

January 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

Thank God none of these clowns has screwed up and actually signed anything. The Marshall kid needs to bail quickly and give himself a chance for a real future somewhere. He sounds like a great kid. I can tell you without a doubt any clown from Stephenshood is gonna be a thug. They always have 10 D-1 players every year and never win anything. That should be a red flag for any college.

jalex49

January 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

I don’t know what will happen nor would I care to guess, what will happen with Davis and Gurley. I hope both but for sure or at least one of them will chose Georgia. I also hope R.J.Robinson/ Iman Cross gets picked up by Georgia this year. The absolute best that could happen if all ended up at Georgia, but that will never happen?

I too hope Georgia gets all the remaining targets it has on it’s board and maybe one or two surprises!
I want to wish all the juniors the best with their decision to or not to turn pro… All of them have been a force this past year and Georgia could only be helped if they stayed, but if they turn pro, then thanks for being a DAWG and best of luck!

Mason Georgia needs you to stay! I hope you get to red shirt if you desire too, but whatever you decide, realize the impact you could have on Georgia football if you stay and if you go best of luck wherever you go.

I hope Georgia does not take the Michigan State likely tommorrow, as this team is a formiable opponent and can cause serious damage! Best of luck to the DAWGS and Murray, Charles stay focused and don’t get caught up in the hype!

It’s time for the O-line, Rb’s and Wr’s to have their best game on! The defense needs to play 60 minutes like they did against LSU for 30 minutes and Georgia will have a good chance for a win. Best of luck with the Bowl game.

Taco

January 1st, 2012
8:39 pm

Oh and I forget, “next year is the year”, “dream team II”. Whatever……..

Taco

January 1st, 2012
8:39 pm

Jalex ??? “Take MSU Likely?”

prison mike

January 1st, 2012
8:40 pm

Henry is already 230 and has 8 more months before his senior year starts. Dude will be 250 by the time he practices on somebodies campus. Thus out growing the running back position.

Taco

January 1st, 2012
8:40 pm

tony

January 1st, 2012
8:40 pm

Whoever gets Mike Davis is getting a star rb. He should of been Mark Richt’s top priority. Tech and UGA need to move fast in showing interest in these kids. We lost 3 heisman trophy winners(George Rogers, Charlie Ward and Cam Newman) to other schools because they drag their feets.

Taco

January 1st, 2012
8:41 pm

Prison Mike? Nice. Did you play for th Dawgs?

tide roll

January 1st, 2012
8:48 pm

MIKE DAVIS is the best natural running back in America. If y’all land him you should go places. HOWEVER, Davis is asking the wrong questions regarding UGA. Of course he’ll compete for the starting RB position from day one. That’s not the issue. The issue is: WHO WILL HE BE RUNNING BEHIND? It looks like a group that will include private school redshirt freshman Andrews at Center. Private school True freshman Theus at tackle. Buford’s Dallas Lee (not Vadal Alexander, Mike), at guard, and UGA legacy and Redshirt Freshman Watts Dantzler at tackle! I wouldn’t line up my worst enemy behind that group Mike. You’ll get killed. The line you ran behind at Stephenson is better than this group. You know how they say there would be no more wars if the Generals had to lead the first charge? It should be the same at UGA. Make RICHT AND BOBO line up and run behind these guys, and suddenly you’d see them recruit more talented and deserving offensive lineman. Keep in mind Mike, these two clowns “evaluated” and then signed the 10th rated offensive line class in the SEC last year! Not in the Country Mike, IN THE CONFERENCE! That ain’t no DREAM TEAM. These are the guys they’ll expect you to run behind, and they don’t even belong in the SEC. Mike, I’m telling you, you need to keep an eye on Richt and Bobo. They’ll take you down a road you don’t want to go. Roll Tide.

Troll Power Ratings

January 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

@tide Troll: how you taking TECH’s loss? That has to be tough.

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

jalex, I do not know of this Robinson kid you speak of but I am pretty sure he does not hold a UGA offer and Imani Cross is unlikely to get a UGA offer as well.
Taco, Do you have beef with someone on this blog? You seem pretty agitated, Its New Years Day you should be happy and enjoying life instead of bashing UGA and the players they are after. For your info Keith Marshall will be enrolling early and he is recruiting for UGA and to call Stephenson high school students “thugs” is despicable. They are immature young kids just like most people were when they were that age and they come from a tough environment. Let me guess you are a Tech fan, sorry about your loss last night, I was really pulling for you guys. Happy New Year and Go Dawgs!

brick

January 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

To al the Gators who chose to post in this thread, please keep Coach Boom, please keep him. He couldn’t coach at Auburn, his defenses at Texas, dispite getting his pick of players from Texas, were very average at best. Yes I know he has a ring, won with a defense that gave up over 24 a game, he should send Vince Young, the orginal Cam Newton,, a gift every Christmas. But let me say it again, please keep Coach Boom.

North Georgia Dawg

January 1st, 2012
9:10 pm

ATL Gator, would he be better off playing for Muschamp, the genius who led Florida to a solid 6-6 season??

Bad Dawg

January 1st, 2012
9:12 pm

jalex, I am not sure who this Robinson kid is but I am pretty sure he does not hold a UGA offer and the same goes for Imani Cross.

Taco, Did the UGA fans do something to you? You seem pretty agitated. Its New Years Day, you should be happy and enjoying life instead of bashing UGA’s football program. Keith Marshall will enroll at UGA early and he has already been recruiting other players to come here with him. Also your comments about Stephenson High School are uncalled for. No matter what your opinion of the school is, these are young adults who are immature and make poor decisions often as most people did when they were that age, not to mention they live in a tough environent. A grown man calling a kid a “thug” is despicable. Let me guess you are a Tech fan, sorry about your loss, I was pulling for you guys to win but don’t worry they will get em next year. Happy New Year and Go Dawgs!

Michael Sanders

January 1st, 2012
9:16 pm

Any of those schools would be lucky to have this kid, he’s going to be good if he keeps his mind on football. Georgia has recruited some solid offensive linemen in this class as well. Don’t forget about Kolton Houston next year. UGA needs Avery Young or Greene along with Theus to improve their line play.

Boom Boom

January 1st, 2012
9:16 pm

Mike Davis is a heck of an athlete. I just wonder if he will lay down on your team if he does not get the limelight.

Question: How many running backs is CMR planning on signing? He has all of the 4 and 5 star committments and still 3 or 4 on his roster who are pretty darn good backs. I can see signing Davis because he is that big back UGA is missing, but one has to wonder if the Line positions are of a little more importance at this point of the recruiting process. Signing great quarterbacks for 4 years in a row is fine, but you have two on the bench over there who will not sit behind Murray for two more seasons while they get little to no playing time.

Arthur Redding, Jr.

January 1st, 2012
9:17 pm

It can be fun to speculate but fans sometimes follow this kind of thing too closely. Davis will be a great pick-up for one of these teams, hopefully UGA, but he’ll let us know when he’s ready.

bama who?

January 1st, 2012
9:19 pm

Tide Roll, you must really have a love for offensive lineman. Sounds like a Sandusky type crush. Think I would worry more about Big Game Nick’s coaching since he’s lost most of his big games lately with your love crush lineman. Can’t count Arkansas as they are frauds.

BG

January 1st, 2012
9:20 pm

Stay at home Mike and represent your home state. GO DAWGS!!!

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2012
9:33 pm

Henry is not wavering also from 247 sports Rusty Mansel Markuss Eligwe has tweeted that he decommitted from FSU stay tuned .

insider

January 1st, 2012
9:41 pm

Davis will pick dawgs, Gurley to clemsux. Dawgs will score either Young or Greene but not both. Dawgs get JHC and Jordan Jenkins and finish the RING TEAM of 2012. Future- dawgs get Reuben Foster and Nkemdicheskakdfpaujf. 2012 SEC CHAMPS! Gators, Vols, Wah Eeegles and Techmites will all suck again next year. Thanks for playing!

NewnanRxDawg

January 1st, 2012
9:41 pm

Does anybody even read tide roll’s post’s anymore?

As soon as I see his tide roll username i just scroll on down to the next post…I’m tired of reading his wordy, racists posts about OL’s.

Give us a break!

Blackoutanyone?

January 1st, 2012
9:44 pm

You NEED him? LOL You NEED a dominating O-line to block for the RB’s you have. BTW has anyone ever had a shot called the Four Horsemen? Knock your …. in the dirt.

Saban

January 1st, 2012
9:45 pm

Clarke County Correctional will have to add a new wing.

Chris

January 1st, 2012
9:49 pm

this class is going to be a good one. I dont think it will have the immediate impact and star power that the “Dream Team” provided but it will add depth to our team at positions that must have depth like o line running back and d line. Other than d line we lacked depth on o line and running back. Lets go out and get avery young and other o lineman. And flip that inside linebacker who is committed to fsu and also gurley and davis. And this will be one of the top classes in america. Uga fans with our schedule next year we are a few players that can add depth and provide fresh bodies away from contending for a spot in miami next january

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2012
9:50 pm

Dude the Clarke County jail thing is getting old and stale get some new martial @Saban .

Blackoutanyone?

January 1st, 2012
9:51 pm

Michael Carvell…. saw you on ESPN3 the other night. Good job.
Will the AJC update its super 11 now that the season is over?

Chris

January 1st, 2012
9:51 pm

young said uga and auburn are his top two obviously wtih Uf and AL in the mix. This was before auburn’s oc left. I wonder if an offensive coordinator affects an o lineman’s decision?

Chris

January 1st, 2012
9:54 pm

RRTDawgs

Could you post a link to the marcuss eligwe story about him decommitting??