December 7, 2011

Davis a popular man



The recruiting process has its ups and downs, and Stephenson High School running back Mike Davis has experienced them all.

Davis committed to the Florida Gators on his birthday in February, and it appeared that he was done with the recruiting process.

The process, however, was far from over.

After being solid to the Gators early in the process, things began to unravel between Davis and Florida during the fall, and, on Sunday, the Peach State standout decommitted from the Gators and reopened his recruitment.

Tuesday, the Georgia Bulldogs made their pitching, offering Davis a scholarship the same day they received a verbal commitment from Millbrook High standout Keith Marshall.

"There was just a misunderstanding between me and the coaches," said Davis. "I'm sure that it will probably all come out at some point, but I don't really want to get into it. It was a misunderstanding."

Although he was committed to the Gators for over nine months, Davis has also made it clear that Florida will not be in consideration going forward.

With less than two months left until signing day, Davis, who does not have a leader or even a list of schools to consider, completely understands the task that is ahead of him.

"Its not really about how I feel about any schools," he said. "Its more about how I'm impressed with certain schools. I have to start my recruitment process all over and I'm starting to hear from a lot of teams. It's just been a crazy week."

Davis may have to start the process all over, but the star running back has plenty of great schools to choose from.

"I'm hearing from Oklahoma, Miami, Tennessee, Florida State, UGA, North Carolina, and a lot of other schools," he said.

While having over a dozen offers can be overwhelming, Davis knows exactly what he is looking for when he considers each school.

"I'm looking for a school that is good in the program I am majoring in and, also, playing time," said Davis. "I'm majoring in broadcasting so I want a good journalism school. I also just want a place where I can come in and be given and early chance to compete for playing time. I don't want to be given anything. Its something I want to work for. I prefer to play in the I-formation, but I don't want to play in a spread offense where they throw the ball all the time."

Davis received an offer on Tuesday that gave him plenty to think about.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt called the Stephenson standout on Tuesday to offer him a scholarship, and, according to Davis, the UGA head man had plenty to say.

"He was wondering when I was going to decommit and, because I committed early and said I was solid, they didn't want to interfere," he said. "We talked a while and the offer made me feel good."

Richt called and made the offer to Davis, but he isn't the only Georgia coach that he has a relationship with.

"I hear a lot from Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach Richt," he said. "They told me they were very interested in me. They need another running back and that I am the one they are looking for."

His decommitment may have caught some by surprise, but fans won't have to wait long before finding out where Davis will play at the next level.

"I'm going to decide on Signing Day," he said. "So it will be soon."

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