When we asked Mike Davis about the rumors he was a “secret commitment” to South Carolina the other day, he paused for a couple of seconds and said “Wait until signing day. We’ll see.”
On Friday night, the running back from Stephenson High School went public with his secret on Twitter, announcing that he was committed to South Carolina.
The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder, who is arguably the No. 1 RB out of the state of Georgia for 2012, revealed his secret after arriving at South Carolina on Friday for his official visit. He told Rivals that he picked the Gamecocks over UGA and Tennessee, and decided to go public because “I’m sick of the recruiting process.”
Earlier on Friday, UGA landed the second RB of its recruiting class with the commitment of 4-star Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C.
Back to Davis: He is the third Stephenson senior committed to South Carolina, joining DB Kyle Fleetwood and DT Carlos Hood. The Gamecocks, along with UGA and Tennessee, became a major player for Davis after he de-committed from Florida last month after being pledged to the Gators for a year. He broke it off with Florida because he felt misled.
At South Carolina, Davis is viewed as a RB successor to Marcus Lattimore, who may exit early for the NFL after next season. Davis’ older brother played RB for South Carolina’s archrival, Clemson. James Davis tweeted that he was “wearing my Clemson gear” while at South Carolina accompanying his brother this weekend. We think he was joking.
This past season, Davis rushed for 1,924 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, Davis moved up in the eyes of some scouts and recruiting analysts after his stellar performances in practices as last week’s U.S. Army All-America all-star game in Texas.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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