Elite linebacker has Gators in top 5

Villages linebacker Noor Davis, left, pursues Lake Weir quarterback Dominique Owens at Lake Weir on Sept. 3, 2010. (Anthony Smith/Ocala Star-Banner)

One of the nation’s best linebackers is just down the road in Gator Country. South of Ocala in The Villages, you’ll find Noor Davis, who plays football and baseball for The Villages Charter School.

Davis, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, is an outstanding student with a 4.3 GPA and sports NFL bloodlines in his father and also his uncle Andre Tippett, the NFL Hall of Fame linebacker from the New England Patriots.

Given UF’s glaring need for impact linebackers, those credentials ought to command the Gators’ full attention. And that’s exactly what Davis received when he visited campus for the Orange and Blue spring game last Saturday.

“They treated me outstanding,” Davis said. “Not only did I meet with all of the coaches, but I met with the president of the university, Bernie Machen, and the athletic director, Jeremy Foley. So it was a great trip just because they organized it so well. They just expressed how much interest they have in me.

“I definitely have interest in their program. They’re definitely going to be in my top five, and I’ll be back for an official [visit] as well.”

Making the cut is a significant accomplishment for Florida, as Davis can count dozens of offers from the top football programs in America. He has already traveled throughout the midwest and northeast to unofficially visit several schools and will take a swing through the west coast this summer to help narrow down his list.

Notre Dame has also made the cut, and Davis could have significant interest in Southern Cal, Stanford and UCLA after those unofficial summer visits. He was born in Los Angeles and says all of his family is in California. His immediate family moved to Florida just a couple of years ago when he was a freshman.

So the state connection may not be the biggest factor in Davis’ decision, but he’s a big fan of new Florida coach Will Muschamp.

“He coaches with so much passion, so energetic,” Davis said. “That’s something you really look for in a coach.”

Davis says Florida is interested in him at strongside linebacker because of his ability to drop into coverage as well as rush the passer. The Gators aren’t alone in that assessment, as the national recruiting website 247sports rates Davis the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country.

After he picks his top five schools and makes his official visits in the fall, Davis will announce his decision during the nationally televised Under Armour All-America Game in early January 2012.

You can be sure coaches and fans from coast to coast will be paying attention.


  1. Thanks for bringing us some good recruiting news. I hope his California ties dont sway him too much. Fortuntely, our new coaches made a great impression on him. I don’t think Davis will find better coaches anywhere else he looks and Linebacker is a position of need for us in 2012. I will look forward to future posts!

  2. Seeing this fine young man in person is an honor, but talking with him is truly impressive. Having a son on the same team I have had the pleasure of having several small conversations with him. This kid is extreamly smart, well spoken and honerable to his coaches and family. He is a must get for our Gators. He could be the face of Florida Football.

  3. “…his uncle Andre Tippett, the NFL Hall of Fame linebacker from the New England Patriots.”

    Tippet is his uncle. Perhaps we should all read the sentence again before criticizing CORRECT grammar. Just a thought.

  4. Noor seems like an excellent young man, very thoughtful and well-spoken. I enjoyed talking with him, maybe more so because he wants to be a journalist. He said his father has asked him not to give out certain facts about him because he wants the story to be about Noor. I can respect that, but I did try to find out more about the dad. Overall, it’s easy to see why UF or any school would be so high on Noor Davis. I’ll try to stay close to the story of his recruitment and hope to visit with him soon.

  5. A: Leave Jeff alone, it was a good article and who cares who is father is. If he’s a stud linebacker, we need him and I don’t care if Bobby Bowden is his Daddy.

    B: CitrusGator, you need to work your magic. If you have an in and your son plays ball with him, as a Gator you have an obligation to use your son to sway his leaning toward Gainesville. I would never ask anyone to exploit their kids, unless it was for the good of Gator Football.

  6. Overzealous fans who try to sway kids toward their school most often end up doing more damage than good. Kids want to make their own decision, and often end up being driven away from a school because of people around them attempting to be coercive. … Trust the coaches with the recruiting and let the kid see for himself that UF would be a great choice.

  7. @Brent,
    I suspect this young man will not be swayed by a fan, nor should he be. It will be up to the coaching staff to convince him to come to Gainesville. With his GPA, I would bet that Notre Dame and Stanford will be our two biggest competitiors for his autograph on NSD.

  8. @g8trb8,
    I’ve been up here aout 10 years. It’s been pretty easy since we’ve dominated the series. That has “tamed” most of the pups. I actually spend about 40% of my work-week in Athens. Makes me throw up in mouth a little every time I go there. LOL!