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Mike Davis, who is one of UGA’s top remaining recruiting targets, said he is no “jersey diva.”

The running back from Stephenson High School made national headlines for all the wrong reasons this week:  Rivals did an article about the challenges of assigning jersey numbers at national all-star games that was titled “What’s in a number? Apparently quite a bit.”

Monday’s article led off with the story of Kevon Seymour, a star DB prospect from California who was reportedly upset about not being assigned his preferred No. 1 jersey for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl at 1 p.m. Saturday (televised by NBC).

It stated that Seymour “willingly admits he’ll look at the rosters of potential colleges to see if No. 1 is available. If it’s not, the school’s chances of landing him diminish.”

The article also indentified Davis as another all-star who was reportedly pouting about his assigned jersey number:

“One was visibly upset. Mike Davis of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson made such a fuss about his assigned No. 16 that he was given a new number (14), making him the only player without his name on his jersey. But that didn’t help – neither was the No. 28 he wanted.”

The article quickly went viral, appearing on Yahoo’s homepage and on other websites, including Deadspin, which added “You’d think they were a couple of 8-year-old girls fighting over the last Hello Kitty backpack in your local Wet Seal [children’s clothing store].”

UGA RB target Mike Davis: "I'm a good person and a team player" (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

UGA RB target Mike Davis: "I'm a good person and a team player" (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

Most damagingly, it also ignited a wave of negative comments about Davis on college football message boards, including fans of his five finalists – UGA, South Carolina, Florida State, Clemson and Tennessee. To many, it made Davis come across as a “me first” and self-absorbed prospect that nobody wants despite a wealth of talent.

On late Tuesday night, Davis told the AJC that the Rivals story was incorrect. This is his version of events:

“This is exactly what happened, since they tried to twist the story around: I was a late invitation to play in the game and when I got there, they gave me the No. 14 jersey I guess to walk around in.  I was assigned No. 16 for the game. When I looked at the roster, I saw that nobody had my high school jersey, which is No. 28. I asked the director if I could get No. 28 because no one had it. If someone already had 28, I would’ve never said anything. I would’ve stuck with whatever number they gave me. The director was like, he was going to try his best to get No. 28 for me, and that was the end of it. I didn’t fuss about it. I just asked him. I don’t know where they got where I was fussing about it. The reporter never talked to me about it. Go read the story – I’m not even quoted in it. It’s just not true.

“I guess they put me in the article because other people were talking about jersey numbers, and they just needed someone else. But them putting me in story that went all over the Internet was just wrong. It was wrong because it made people look at me the wrong way. My family back in Georgia heard all about it and called me because they were surprised. They know I’m not like that. That article made me look like a bad person and that I’m going to be a cancer to a college team. That’s not true at all. You can ask my high school teammates and my coaches. I’m a good person and a team player.”

Davis will announce his college decision on Jan. 31. How important is a jersey number in picking a college? “That’s the thing about all of this; I haven’t even talked to a college about a specific number,” Davis said. “It wouldn’t be important at all. The only thing I’m looking at is playing time and the place where I feel at home. Picking a college number isn’t something that’s serious to me.”

Is Davis leaning to UGA? There was another report that claimed UGA was the leader for Davis. “That was a misunderstanding but not a big deal like the jersey thing. It was the way the reporter asked the question. I thought he was asking me ‘out of the three visits I have taken – Georgia, FSU and Tennessee – which one would I pick if I had to sign this weekend?’ I said Georgia. I did. And I like Georgia, but I still have to finish my visits in January. It’s between those five schools. I will pick on Jan. 31.”

One last thing about Davis and his all-star jersey:  He will be wearing the No. 28 with his name across the back on Saturday. Game officials brought it to him after practice.

Georgia players in US Army All-America Bowl, 1 p.m Saturday on NBC-TV

  • Geno Smith, DB, St. Pius, committed to Alabama
    Lowndes LB-WR Josh Harvey-Clemons told ESPN that Florida leads over UGA (AJC)

    Lowndes LB-WR Josh Harvey-Clemons told ESPN that Florida leads over UGA (AJC)

  • Markuss Eligwe, LB, Stone Mountain, committed to FSU
  • Raphael Kirby, LB, Stephenson, committed to Miami
  • Mike Davis, RB, Stephenson, undecided (UGA, South Carolina, Clemson, FSU and Tennessee)
  • Dillon Lee, LB, Buford, committed to Alabama
  • Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB-WR, Lowndes, undecided (Florida, UGA, FSU and Louisville)

Assistant coaches: Corey Jarvis, Duluth; Randy McPherson, Lowndes

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT OVER THE HOLIDAYS …

ALSO: Expect to Cook High School WR Travin Henry to get a lot of looks this month. Just before the NCAA dead period, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder picked up a handful of offers — Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. “Quite a few others have expressed interest dating back to this past summer,” Cook assistant Jesse Lynch said. “UGA has shown interest, but they are an unlikely destination as they have higher-rated prospects at each of the positions they were recruiting him at [OLB, TE]. They have told him that there is still a possibilty depending on how things go with their top-rated recruits and early entry NFL prospects. Other D1’s that have shown interest in the last year are Central Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky, Tulane, Florida International, Western Michigan, and UAB.” Here’s Henry’s video …


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255 comments Add your comment

Tarzan

January 4th, 2012
2:32 am

chaz

January 4th, 2012
2:38 am

Give the young man number 28. We need a RB that can play right away.

Bad Dawg

January 4th, 2012
3:07 am

Rumor is South Carolina is the leader for Mike Davis, anyone know if this is true?

Ronnie

January 4th, 2012
3:11 am

You did a nice job clearing the air on this kid, he didn’t deserve to be smeared that way…Go Dawgs!!

Noles '98

January 4th, 2012
3:15 am

How can the Rivals reporter trash the reputations of both young men without quoting them about being pissed about the jerseys? That’s shoddy BS journalism. They quote everybody else in the story. Why not the two they said negative things about? I hope Rivals retracts or clarifies this BS story, or that both players decline to speak to them in the future. Why bother anyways? Rivals can just make up stuff like they did with this story. Shame on you!

Rationale

January 4th, 2012
3:28 am

Goes along with typical news reporting. Some nitwit trying to make a name for himself, and rips onto someone for no real reason, just to make a headline. The reporter should be publicly reprimanded, just like he publicly ripped into Davis. Seems like a good kid that would be a good player to have. Hope he signs with UGA.

Mountain Dawg

January 4th, 2012
4:15 am

Numbers, schmembers. Just get his John Hancock on the dotted line on Jan. 31st!

sidelined observer

January 4th, 2012
5:46 am

Thw Dream Team II, if you don’t know how to use apostrophes to form contractions, then you shouldn’t criticize other people’s imagined spelling abilities.

The Sham

January 4th, 2012
5:55 am

Like it or not #s do matter to these kids. I don’t blame the kid for asking for the actual number he wanted… WHY NOT? NO ONE ELSE HAD IT… I blame the reporter who was actually making a story out of such a common occurence.

When I played HS baseball the same thing happened every year. Someone always wanted my “sticks” but bc I had them from day 1, I got to say politely no. I believe the kid here bc his story sounds more believable and in any case I’d love to see him run bt the hedges next year. SIC’EM DAWGS!

RedandBlackDawg

January 4th, 2012
6:20 am

I am still a little Leary of him, but maybe I am being too judgmental. After the way he acted about Florida not respecting him and sending people to try and persuade Marshall to go to UF, I still wonder if he is a team player as he says. He sounds a little wrapped up in himself to me, but I am not a coach or recruiter, so whatever way the kid goes, be it UGA or another team, I wish him luck. He would be coming into a situation at UGA where he would be competing with at least 2 other backs for playing time, so he couldn’t afford to be selfish or not be a team player. I am not sure what the deal is with Malcome, if he even stays here next year or decides to transfer. Davis could fit right in as long as he is willing to work hard and he appears to have the size to be the bruiser back we need, as we have all the finesse backs needed to fill those slots. We need a back that can move the line and get those tough yards. UGA sure appears to need him, but it is his decision. If he can help make UGA a more balanced team on offense it could be a good thing if he decides on UGA. He appears to just want to make sure he gets playing time and I think he could at UGA. If we open up our running game a little instead of depending on the pass so much, we could achieve more balance in our offense, and keep teams defenses guessing a little. Of course that would also mean that Bobo would have to learn how to call and adjust to the game flow instead of using a scripted, bland offensive plan, so there is another consideration.

tide roll

January 4th, 2012
6:32 am

Surely, Richt and Bobo won’t blow this one. THE BEST DOWNHILL RUNNER IN AMERICA. The son of his high school coach (Gartrell) played at UGA, although sparingly, Kregg Lumpkin, a Stephenson Grad, played tailbck there, and an assistant coach, Corey Johnson, played defensive back at UGA. But watch out for Bobo. This guy, with his southwest Georgia viewpoint, may not think Mike has to proper “attitude’ to play for him. Bobo, unfortunately, represents 99% of the way UGA fans and alumni feel about kids like Mike. That’s why UGA hasn’t won a national title in over 31 years. I think it’s safe to say with the lack of quality AND experienced depth on the offensive line for 2012, Richt and Bobo have set it up to be 32 years, wouldn’t you agree? “Knocking on the door of greatness”. Yeah right. Is Richt full of it or what? What a snake oil salesman.

tide roll

January 4th, 2012
6:48 am

The following should be of equal or greater concern to Davis than the “BOBO FACTOR”. Davis needs to find out the make up of the offensive line he’ll be running behind. It’s inconcevable that Richt and Bobo have this thing set up where the drop in experience on the offensive line is so dramatic. At both tackle spots and center, you’re not replacing 5th yr. seniors with redshirt juniors or seniors. They’re actually redshirt freshmen, with no significant playing experience. Couple that with the fact that Richt and Booboo evaluated and signed the 10th ranked offensive line class in the conference last year (per Rivals), and it’s reasonable to assume that, from a talent standpoint, the people they’re putting out there don’t even belong in the SEC. Does Davis really need to risk his future trying to run behind this caliber of offensive line? It’s something that he really needs to address. It’s inconceivable that Richt and Bobo would put UGA in this position yet again! The time to sign JUCO offensive lineman was LAST YEAR! Do they have an ounce of foresight between the two of them? Sheesh!

RomeDawg

January 4th, 2012
7:01 am

If playing time is what Davis is after, how can he NOT pick South Carolina. With Lattimore set to miss time recovering and then bolting for the NFL that leaves a big hole is their backfield. The one thing UGA has in the backfield is numbers. With Malcome, Samual, Thomas, Crowell and now Marshall, (I left out Harton because I don’t see him touching the field again.) I am curious to see where Davis fits in.

If the number article is bogus, I would consider a defamation of character suit. I saw the article and immediately thought he was a diva until hearing his explanation.

Paddy

January 4th, 2012
7:07 am

Bad Dawg……if you are looking for truth in a recruiting rumor, good luck. Thats like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles.

JB

January 4th, 2012
7:09 am

AS far as I’m concerned, WE DO NOT HAVE A SEC RB ON OUR ROSTER RIGHT NOW. IF NOT DAVIS, WE BETTER GET ANOTHER ONE TO COME IN. A BIG ONE,3 STAR WITH A 5 STAR HEART WILL DO.

Loyal Dawg

January 4th, 2012
7:10 am

This is off the subject; but, there is something I find interesting about most of the highlight packages of these recruits. They are full of clips of plays on 1st or 2nd and long. That’s nice to look at – when the defenses have to think run or pass, but I would like to see what some of these guys do on 3rd or 4th and short when the defense is looking for a run. How does the player do when he is hit in the backfield early or do they show enough power when being tackled on an inside run to get an extra yard or two ( I.e., T. Richardson and Mark Ingram).

FL Jacket

January 4th, 2012
7:10 am

Hopefully Mike Davis isn’t one of those guys who it’s never his fault…

gtfanfrom1951

January 4th, 2012
7:21 am

Can you cover anybody but UGA? There are other schools in the state!

ole dawg

January 4th, 2012
7:24 am

I am amazed that the AJC continues to allow Tide Roll to post his racial slanted comments on here. I suppose racial bias is a way of life in Bamer.

Regarding the article… sad that a writer (who I assume is getting paid) has to sink to writing articles about 17 & 18 year old kids and jersey choices. Looks like he made something up about Mr. Davis just to write a story. Mr. Davis should be upset.

Regarding Mr. Davis and Florida… he was simply upset because he was lied to. The Florida staff should not have told the lie to begin with. He has no problem with playing and competing against Mr. Marshall.

This is one Dawg fan that hopes Mr. Davis comes to UGA and runs behind Mr. Theus. The bowl game showed once again that we are painfully thin at the rb position with quality rb’s. UGA would love to have him!

Loyal Dawg

January 4th, 2012
7:26 am

Gosh, he posts one GT recruiting article every week or two. What else do you want? :-)

Mr. Westlake

January 4th, 2012
7:28 am

I am a long time reader of these blogs and this is the first time I feel the need to actually comment. But do any of you clowns that are on here everyday have any useful info about recruiting? Rather than getting into some wierd pasty male cyber spankoff with each other about whose program is the best or what you think about the character of some 17/18 yr old kid. WHERE IS LOWNDES AND NAGANOLE! P.S. RRT, I have appreciated your comments, happy new year everyone.

OkieDawg

January 4th, 2012
7:40 am

I chose to believe Mike. But I don’t think he will chose UGA.

bilbo799

January 4th, 2012
7:52 am

If you were a top ranked recruit, why would you want to play for that idiot BOBO? Worst OC I’ve seen at a big time program.

Jerry Blooger

January 4th, 2012
7:54 am

Why do people pose as UGA fans on here and post anti-UGA things. Get a REAL life.

BobDawg

January 4th, 2012
7:56 am

…. I bet Tide “Drool” doesn’t even have a ticket to his own mythical Nat. Chmpship game…. In fact, I’d bet money on it…. He’s skeered they will get spanked this time…

Beast from the East Eaten by Dawg

January 4th, 2012
7:57 am

One misunderstanding after another for Mr. Davis?
He’s no diva…..

BobDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:02 am

Tide “Troll”… sorry I misspelled last! If you lose on the 9th…. exactly what have you done this year???? except have a decent ranking. No Conf. champ, No Nat’l Champ…. Saban has his sphinters getting tighter and tighter… Ut Oh!!!!

poopdawg

January 4th, 2012
8:04 am

Tampagator, come on now. You can slam a kid better than that can you? Sour grapes? This a non story, Davis getting mad over Muschamps recruiting Marshall is a little more concerning.

BobDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:04 am

Tide “Troll” has visions of Honey Badger in his head…. Hee Hee Hee….

mike

January 4th, 2012
8:05 am

Go ahead Mike and choose the school you and your family prefer. Ask for whatever number you like if that is what you want. What ever program and school you pick are going to make a lot of money from the games you play. Who cares what the goobers on this board think. They don’t know you and will certainly not do anything for you. People needed to get a life and leave this high school kid alone.

Blackoutanyone?

January 4th, 2012
8:06 am

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 14th National Championship on the way

BobDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:07 am

You sure it’s 14???? I didn’t see Bammy on the top school list yesterday… Do you have enough fingers and toes to count???

Dawwwwwwwwwg

January 4th, 2012
8:10 am

Ummmm…BobDawg…what has GEORGIA done? At least Bama is contending for the crystal….yes AGAIN. You do sound like you’re old enough to remember 1980 though. By the way thanks for embarassing the SEC yet again. First you lost to Boise so now they think they can play with ANYONE in the SEC. Too bad they don’t know what we in the SEC know about Georgia being a thrid tier SEC team. Now you choke to a team that 3rd in the West Bama clobbered last year. Way to keep up the SEC rep!

News | MrSEC.com

January 4th, 2012
8:16 am

[...] wasn’t quoted in the story and he understandably wasn’t happy about it. Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was never interviewed for the Rivals story and wasn’t upset about the number (16) he was [...]

tide roll

January 4th, 2012
8:32 am

MIKE DAVIS is the best natural running back in America. Only UGA fans and alumni could look at the kid and determine, because of his “attitude”, he’s not worthy to play for UGA. Who do y’all think you are, Alabama? You were outscored 35 to 0 in the 2nd half of the SEC championship game, and if that wasn’t enough, embarrassed yourselves yet again, and on a national stage, (blowing a 16 to 0 halftime lead), in your loss to vaunted power Michigan State. I guess the good news is it wasn’t nearly as humiliating as your loss last year to Central Florida in the prestigious Liberty Bowl. You people have it backwards, Uga’s not worthy to have Mike play for them. 31 years and counting. What the heck, based on the offensive line Richt and Booboo are going to throw out there this year, let’s go ahead and say 32 years and counting. THE most underachieving major football program in the history of intercollegiate football! And you fools think you’re too good for Mike Davis! Unbelievable. No wait, it’s very believable. After all, it’s UGA!

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RxDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:35 am

Well I’m impressed with how Mr. Davis handled this. He sounds like he’s telling the truth.

Dap01

January 4th, 2012
8:37 am

Mike: Don’t worry about the media. Choose your school and run hard.

Go Dawgs!

SugarHillDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:41 am

Rolltide has a great point. It IS inconceivable that CMR would say that UGA is on the verge of greatness when our O-line will have virtually no experience next year.He is an albatross around our collective necks and it was self-inflicted.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2012
8:46 am

He’s what? 17? 18? And full of testosterone. Remember what a pain-in-the-ass you were at that age? I bet your Mom and Dad do. ;)

turd roll is a Techie. He’s admitted as much. He’s also a professional mixer. His specialty is the race thing, but secondarily I think he likes to get Bama and Dawg fans at each other.

turd, that pile of crap has mushrooms sprouting out of it. Get some new material.

RxDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:47 am

Actually Sugar, I think our O-line will be improved next year. Anderson was a liability all year for us, and he had to lead the nation in false starts. Glenn got better at the end of the year, but he’s still a lil slow to be playing tackle for us. Jones… I still can’t believe he’s all american. I think he won that by reputation rather then production. Truth is we had 4 OG’s rather then 2 OG’s and 2 Tackles. If some of our injured come back and some of our yunguns bulk up I think we’ll be a better line.

Plus, I’ve spoken with a source close to a good offensive linemen for us. And he said once some of our older guys move on out and graduate, the young guys comin up will be allright.

RxDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:48 am

F-in pacman ate my post “,…,”

boots

January 4th, 2012
8:50 am

The media trying to blow things out of proportion? Say it ain’t so! Mike, don’t worry about the article. The football fans from the school you choose will praise you, and the ones from the schools you don’t will cuss you. Sorry to say, but that is how it goes. Good luck & Go Dawgs!

uncle kirk

January 4th, 2012
8:51 am

Dawwwwwwg

If memory serves me correct, the mighty bama lost to Utah just 2 years ago….the same utah that tech took to overtime…..so you guys have embarrassed the sec a time or 2 yourselves. If bama wins does that make them national champs or co-national champs….or would they have to play a game 3 to break the tie.

True Dawg Fan

January 4th, 2012
8:52 am

Dawwwwwwwwwg

January 4th, 2012
8:10 am
Ummmm…BobDawg…what has GEORGIA done? At least Bama is contending for the crystal….yes AGAIN. You do sound like you’re old enough to remember 1980 though. By the way thanks for embarassing the SEC yet again. First you lost to Boise so now they think they can play with ANYONE in the SEC. Too bad they don’t know what we in the SEC know about Georgia being a thrid tier SEC team. Now you choke to a team that 3rd in the West Bama clobbered last year. Way to keep up the SEC rep!

There is a difference in earning your spot there (Which you by no means did, ESPN put there plain and simple) and being gifted it like you were. We all know it should have been OK St getting a chance, but ESPN picked you so you got to play. You didnt earn anything. You played a very similar weak schedule to us, so if ours was weak so was yours.

3rd tier???? ahhahahahahahahahahahhaha what a clown. Go read a book and save your stupidity for someone else

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2012
8:52 am

Oh, and by the way turd, those “private schoolers” we are recruiting will have enough size, and more than a peanut between their ears. I don’t really think size has been our problem, since we had the biggest offensive line in football. We need some linemen smart enough to know who they are supposed to block.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2012
8:55 am

uncle kirk, it doesn’t matter if Bama wins or not. That’s irrelavent, somebody will say they “should” be national champs, and they’ll agree and claim it as their eleventy-seventh NC.

True Dawg Fan

January 4th, 2012
8:55 am

tide roll

January 4th, 2012
8:32 am
MIKE DAVIS is the best natural running back in America. Only UGA fans and alumni could look at the kid and determine, because of his “attitude”, he’s not worthy to play for UGA. Who do y’all think you are, Alabama? You were outscored 35 to 0 in the 2nd half of the SEC championship game, and if that wasn’t enough, embarrassed yourselves yet again, and on a national stage, (blowing a 16 to 0 halftime lead), in your loss to vaunted power Michigan State. I guess the good news is it wasn’t nearly as humiliating as your loss last year to Central Florida in the prestigious Liberty Bowl. You people have it backwards, Uga’s not worthy to have Mike play for them. 31 years and counting. What the heck, based on the offensive line Richt and Booboo are going to throw out there this year, let’s go ahead and say 32 years and counting. THE most underachieving major football program in the history of intercollegiate football! And you fools think you’re too good for Mike Davis! Unbelievable. No wait, it’s very believable. After all, it’s UGA!

You are an idiot. Run along little nerd. Stop posing as a bama fan loser. We all know you are a tech geek so stop wasting your time.

FYI we never wanna be like bama in recruiting terms. We dont oversign or grey shirt like SATAN, we dont lead these young kids on and then snatch their dreams away from them at the last second. So no we dont think we are like bama because we arent scumbags like bama

JB

January 4th, 2012
8:56 am

LSU 21 Bama 10

True Dawg Fan

January 4th, 2012
8:57 am

SugarHillDawg

January 4th, 2012
8:41 am
Rolltide has a great point. It IS inconceivable that CMR would say that UGA is on the verge of greatness when our O-line will have virtually no experience next year.He is an albatross around our collective necks and it was self-inflicted.

Nothing he ever says is right. not even close.