Linebacker switches commitment to Florida

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:46 p.m.

For the second straight weekend, Florida coach Will Muschamp has flipped an outside linebacker from another SEC school.

Jarrad Davis switched his verbal commitment from Auburn to the Gators during his official visit to UF this weekend.

A source close to Davis confirmed his decision to The Sun on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect. Davis is from Camden County in Kingsland, Ga., which is one of the top high school football programs in the state.

The Gators have always wanted to take four linebackers in this recruiting cycle and reached that number last Sunday when they flipped Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) from South Carolina. Unfortunately for Florida, the addition of Rolin caused Daytona Beach Mainland linebacker Quinton Powell to decommit the next day. But the UF coaches wasted no time in finding his replacement.

Muschamp called Davis on Tuesday and scheduled his trip to Gainesville, and then linebackers coach D.J. Durkin had an in-home visit with him Wednesday. Davis has been a soft commit to Auburn since its coaching change, and he decided to part ways with the Tigers after receiving an offer from UF during his official trip.

Davis joins linebackers James Hearns (Tallahassee Lincoln), Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville First Coast) and Rolin in Florida's 2013 class, which now has 26 members. ESPN ranks the Gators No. 1 in its team rankings.

Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

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