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