VIDEO: Mike Davis has an ‘opening’

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Mike Davis, first thought to be the “lightning” to Matt Jones’ “thunder,” may turn out to be something far greater.

When the Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson running back committed to Florida on Feb. 19, five days after Jones, he was not the better prospect.

Davis may be changing that.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder showed off last Friday night at the Nike Football Training Camp in Athens, Ga., an event bursting with Georgia talent.

Davis was called “the best back we’ve had at a camp all year,” by the lead Nike running backs coaches. Nike officials raved about his reliable, soft hands, his route-running and his moves in the open field.

Davis emerged from the camp sky-high with confidence, saying he aims to be known as the best running back in Georgia. He’s well on his way.

With the big, powerful Jones already thought by many to hold that same distinction in the state of Florida, the Gators’ future backfield looks loaded.

Davis’ sterling NFTC performance also paid off with a special invitation. Top performers by position from the 13 Nike camps as well as other top prospects evaluated on tape are being invited to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., to compete among the nation’s top 150 players in July.

The new camp is called “The Opening,” a four-day event that will include the Nike Elite 7ON, Nike Elite Linemen and SPARQ Rating National Championship competitions. Davis, who was invited on Wednesday, will be one of 12 running backs slated to attend.

You can watch a little of Davis in action from a recent spring camp. He gives an interview to Rivals’ Mike Farrell and talks about his decision to commit to Florida and what he thinks of the Gators’ new pro-style offense. Check out the smile on Davis’ face when coach Will Muschamp is mentioned.

Two quotes sure to make Gator fans smile come at the end of the video.

Speaking of his highly touted-but-uncommitted Stephenson High teammates Jarontay Jones, a defensive end, and linebacker Raphael Kirby, Davis said: “I’m just in their ear everyday, constantly telling them, ‘Florida is the move.’ ”

And finally, when asked if he thinks he’ll take any visits to other schools, Davis said: “I think I’m done.”

14 COMMENTS

  1. The great thing about Charlie Weis’s system is that Coach Champ points to the Chiefs’ stats last season and said to the RB recruits:

    “Weis had two RBs, each with 250 carries – one who gained 900 yds, and another who gained 1450 yds (plus 450 receiving yds).”

    Then turned to the QBs and said:

    “Weis’s QB had 450 attempts, and threw for 3100 yds and 27 TDs.”

    Beyond that, Weis also had a WR with 1150 yds and a TE with 550 yds receiving. For years now, other schools have been using these negative recruiting tactics of “you won’t get 1,000 yds rushing at UF; UF receivers don’t do well in the NFL; their QBs have to adjust to the pro-style offense, etc, etc. And we’ve lost a ton of players who had UF very high at one point. The names that spring to mind are:

    Trent Richardson
    James Louis
    Christian Green
    Noel Devine
    CJ Spiller
    Orson Charles

    No more, baby.

    The top skill players on offense are now coming to UF, because they know they’ll get theirs and b/c of 50 yrs of combined NFL coaching experience. To quote Mike Davis:

    “Florida is the move.”

  2. These guys from Georgia will certainly help the new coaches look good! Jones and Kirby need to follow suit and we will have a great start on recruiting for the new regime. GO GATORS and Coach Muschomp! Yes. I meant to spell it that way!

  3. I can see why Muschamp went for this kid. Unprompted, he begins the interview by crediting a teammate, an OL, for his success. he goes on to mention that this particular OL is “underrated.” He is trying to help his friend and teammate get a better look from colleges. This is a character trait of a leader. Deflecting credit while helping a teammate. This is the type of character that makes for championship football teams.

  4. We need to take advantage of the talent we already have, as well as the talent that’s coming to UF, and re-emerge as one of the top elite programs in the nation. More SEC titles, more national titles – this is all possible with the right mix of great recruiting and superb coaching! GO GATORS!!!

  5. All I can say is wow! Looks like the change has come and I’m so glad to be a Gator. I think the Swamp will be rockin’ in 2012.
    I love the players attitudes toward the new staff. This staff is starting to show it’s strength in recruiting talent. I think that soon Florida will be considered the elite of the elite in college football.
    Anybody who is anybody will want to wear our colors and do the chomp on Saturdays.

  6. Hey bonelldonnell what has Trent done he has ONE 100yd game in SEC play in 2yrs. Before you say he shared the backfield, think about how Lendale White, Ronnie Brown, Felix Jones and much more out gained him in the same role. I dont get the bama hype like Marcel Darius being projected a top 5 pick the guy did not have 5 sacks.