Jordan Davis: UGA beats out Florida Gators for TE

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (Photo owned and submitted by Davis family. It was not arranged, publicized or submitted by UGA)

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (Photo owned and submitted by Davis family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

UGA’s coaches were excited when Jordan Davis committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday night.

How excited?

Mark Richt jokingly played it off when the 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from Thomson High School called to let him know.

“I told Coach Richt that ‘I want to be a Bulldog,’ and he paused for a second,” Davis said with a laugh. “Then he was like ‘No way, get out of here.’ He told me I made his day.”

Then Davis informed UGA tight ends coach John Lilly, who was desperately seeking a top-tier prospect at the position.

“Coach Lilly was so excited that he said he would do a cartwheel, if he could,” Davis said.

Davis is commitment No. 23 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class. He was discovered by ESPN’s Kipp Adams, who noticed Davis when he was at a Thomson football game to watch his teammate, John Atkins.

Davis was invited to June’s Mark Richt Camp, where he earned a football scholarship offer.

He picked the Bulldogs over Florida, while also considering South Carolina. He also had offers from NC State and Louisville. Davis toured UGA’s campus last Friday.

“It was mostly because I felt at home at Georgia,” Davis said. “Plus, Georgia just outmatched everybody else in everything, and my mom … that was the place she liked the best. It’s just an hour away from home.”

Davis also called his former teammate, Atkins, who signed with UGA last February but failed to meet NCAA academic requirements. Atkins is headed to prep school for a semester in an attempt to make a qualifying ACT score, and hopes to report to UGA in January.

“John going to Georgia didn’t really affect my decision,” Davis said. “It was just when I took the visit, I felt like it was home.”

Davis then had to make the call to his runner-up, the Florida Gators. “That was really tough because I had a relationship with the coaches there. They took it OK, and told me if I changed my mind they had a place for me. But you know, I’m pretty happy with my decision with Georgia.”

As a junior, Davis caught four touchdowns for Thomson.

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (247sports)

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (247sports)

UGA commits for 2013

  1. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  2. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  3. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  4. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  5. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  6. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  7. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek, S.C.
  8. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  9. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  10. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  11. LB Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  12. ATH JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS
  13. DB Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citron, Fla.
  14. OL Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS
  15. OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Walton HS
  16. WR Uriah LeMay, 6-1, 200, Matthews, N.C.
  17. WR Reggie Davis, 6-1, 155, Tallahassee, Fla.
  18. OLB Naim Mustafaa, 6-4, 235, Alpharetta HS
  19. WR-DB Rico Johnson, 5-11, 171, Swainsboro HS
  20. S Quincy Mauger, 6-0, 197, Kell HS
  21. ILB Tim Kimbrough, 6-1, 225, Indianapolis, Ind.
  22. LB Shaun McGee, 6-2, 230, Brookwood HS
  23. TE Jordan Davis, 6-4, 220, Thomson HS

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294 comments Add your comment

tucker

July 29th, 2012
9:43 pm

Kramer

July 29th, 2012
9:43 pm

OUTSTANDING! Oh yeah first.

Kramer

July 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

Dang, second.

Greg Mc

July 29th, 2012
9:46 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog nation!

GtDawg

July 29th, 2012
9:46 pm

JDAWG

July 29th, 2012
9:47 pm

Delbert D.

July 29th, 2012
9:49 pm

Good luck to young Mr. Davis.

Delbert D.

July 29th, 2012
9:52 pm

Bleacher Report says Michael Dyer got kicked out of Arkansas St. It may have ruined his chances to make the NFL. All he had to do was stay straight for year, and he apparently had a different view of things.

Beast from the East

July 29th, 2012
9:53 pm

Congrats, Dawgs! Good luck, young man…except against the Gators.

Blackoutanyone?

July 29th, 2012
9:56 pm

Congrats to this young man. Winning championships isn’t everything. At least you’ll get a good education. ROLL TIDE

PR

July 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

MathewO

July 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

Next one we need to grab is Emanuel Byrd of Albany High School in Albany, GA.

Glen

July 29th, 2012
9:58 pm

Great news welcome to the Dawg family.

Bad Dawg

July 29th, 2012
9:59 pm

Sounds like a good kid. Congrats and welcome to Dawg Nation. Finally a bit more depth at TE. Might need to take one more with all the spots available for this class.

Roll Tide Roll

July 29th, 2012
10:06 pm

…#16 TE in the country?

….YAWN…

Will Muschamp

July 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

Darn we lost one there. I guess he’ll have to endure four years of losing to me. Just look at my track record!

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

Shucks…I know Muschamp really liked the kid. But the depth chart at Flordia probably was an issue….with Jordan Reed, Jr., Clay Burton, soph, Kent Taylor, freshman, Colin Thompson, freshman. I think he is going to be a good one for Georgia. Congrats, sir, and good luck…except for the last weekend in October in JAX every year.

Brown Dog

July 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

Congrats to UGA and the young man. Will need to hit the weights but UGA is where he wants to be.

nhgamecock

July 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

he wouldnt see the field at SC lol so thats why he pick the pups

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

Roll Tide….

The kid has a tremendous upside. His ranking means very little.

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:15 pm

Good pickup for the Dawgs. Gotta get some more offensive linemen now.

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

gamecock, South Carolina’s tight ends weren’t good last season. Why would he not see the field there?

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 29th, 2012
10:20 pm

Welcome, Jordan. GATA.

LakeDawg

July 29th, 2012
10:21 pm

Nice pick up. UGA needed a tight end in this class and almost all of the good ones were taken.GO DAWGS!

sid

July 29th, 2012
10:23 pm

For the record, he is closer to 240 lbs. right now.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 29th, 2012
10:23 pm

NCSU & Louisville? Those were odd to be on the list.
I noticed no mention of intended field of study. Sounds like a football strictly decision.
We have another P.E Coach or Housing Major I guess.

Just kidding. UGa TE’s have done well over the years.

LakeDawg

July 29th, 2012
10:24 pm

#16 ranking means the kid is good enough. It all comes down to want to and coaching.

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:27 pm

Georgia always recruits solid tight ends and coaches them up.

Russo

July 29th, 2012
10:28 pm

he’d never see the georgia dome field if he went to South Carolina. that much is certain.

Gofer

July 29th, 2012
10:31 pm

Oh goody, a new running back for Coach McClendon. McClendon loves to convert these big guys over to fullback, like Figgins, McClendon promises them playing time, to get them to change positions. Also converted Richard Samuel to running back.

Hope the kid likes to passblock, and play fullback.

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:32 pm

Not to mention that the chickens played even worse in the SECCG than we did.

nhgamecock

July 29th, 2012
10:34 pm

North Georgia are you kiddig???

J. Cunningham 13 18 142 7.9 1 16 10.9

Rory Anderson 13 8 188 23.5 3 55 14.5

nhgamecock

July 29th, 2012
10:35 pm

LMAO sure if you keep scheduling Ga state west ga and Mercer maybe you guys will be in the SECG every year LMAO

nhgamecock

July 29th, 2012
10:36 pm

every year its the same ole thing with you uga fans lol We this we tha LMFAO

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

July 29th, 2012
10:39 pm

nhgamecock: When was the Gamecocks last SEC Championship?

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
10:43 pm

“I think I had a better chance to play with the depth chart at Georgia,” Davis said. “I just want to focus on my senior season and I only plan to visit Georgia.”

Davis quote on ESPN.com…about his committment. Confirms what I posted above.

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:43 pm

Cunningham had 18 catches and 1 touchdown? Anderson had EIGHT. Charles had over 40 catches last season. Yeah, you guys are loaded at tight end.

dawgster

July 29th, 2012
10:43 pm

you know it never siezes to amaze me how so many classless comments come from others when a young man realizes a dream to play Div 1 football and get a education….What do you say about that “Roll Tide, and ‘nhgamecock”….just to name a few….

I would also say call out and have any dawg fan that posts classless comments regarding a young man and his choice of schools…Its really not a surprise that our Country is not what it use to be when you read alot of comments on here that have no redeeming value by trashing a young kid or posting insults..

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:44 pm

Anderson had no more than two catches in any game last season. Cunningham was decent, but nowhere near as good as Charles was last season.

dawgster

July 29th, 2012
10:47 pm

Sorry above…should read ” I would also say that I would call out, and have, any dawg fans that posts classless comments”……”regarding a young man and his choice of schools”.

georgia fans are certainly stupid

July 29th, 2012
10:48 pm

good choice kid..if mid-tier bowl games are your thing…

dawgster

July 29th, 2012
10:52 pm

@Gofer…do some research before you post info…regarding Samuel and his recruitment and position out of high school….he was a stud on both sides of the ball….projected as a RB at Georgia….kind of the same situation that D. Henry is in…different opinions coming out of high school on where he should play….

brick

July 29th, 2012
10:53 pm

No doubt Tampa Gator the depth chart didn’t favor UF, but I don’t really think that was all that went into his decision, mom and distance being a major issue that UF had no chance to overcome was another. Plus his words were he just liked UGA better, the faclities, depth chart, lifelong fan and distance all played in our favor.

For the gamecock that seems to have nothing bette to do than post negative garbage about a kid that committed to UGA, you do realize you or another torn ACL from being a 6-6 team don’t you, and I am not talking about Lattimore, Shaw goes down and you will struggle to be bowl eligible, but thats nothing new to a gamecock.

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
11:01 pm

Brick…

I agree with all those reasons…except facilities. Florida’s stadium and complete training and practice faciltiies are second to none in the country. I do think he was a Dawg after Dawg night but felt obligated to go to FNL because he had such a good relationship with the Gator coaches…and loved everything down there too. He just wanted to be a Dawg…..and unlike Riles….the Georgia coaches showed him the love he needed to commit. And….of course….they have more need at the TE position.

Just learned that the Gators got another big time commit from FNL….for 2014. Travone Valentine committed today….and he will be a very highly ranked DL on all recruiting sites. I guess….with Florida’s class nearing completion for 2013….Muschamp is already busy with his 2014 class.

THS teacher

July 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

Jordan is respectful, mannerable and very intelligent and sees the big picture. Student first and athlete second. He is the one of the few students that stays after class to discuss what problems he missed on his math test. He is a big time football target. His junior stats are not very high due to the special teams scoring before the offense got on the field causing the starters not to play the second half of most games. At his size he finished 5th in the 110 hurdles at the state track meet. If we have more Thomson kids go the UGA, I may become a fan. But for now – Go Yellow Jackets!!!

North Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2012
11:05 pm

@THS, I’m glad we’re getting a good student! We’ve had enough slackers the last few years.

dawgster

July 29th, 2012
11:08 pm

@THS teacher….very classy comments…I hope others can learn something from your comments evern though you pull for another team….again thank you for the comments…go dawgs

BamaRTR

July 29th, 2012
11:09 pm

no big deal—he’ll be busted for weed in a few weeks after getting to athens-book it!

Recruiting | MrSEC

July 29th, 2012
11:10 pm

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