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.”