There was a time when it looked like Florida could land four prospects from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga.
But as Bob Dylan once sang — The Times They Are A-Changin’.
On Sunday night, four-star running back Mike Davis changed his mind.
“No longer committed to florida,” he tweeted.
A week ago, no one saw this coming.
After the UF-FSU game, Davis gushed about his visit to Gainesville and how he didn’t want to leave. He was also thrilled at the opportunity to be an impact player as a freshman.
This past Thursday, however, something went wrong.
In an interview with Rivals.com about his selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Davis revealed that he was “a little undecided with Florida.”
Hours away from Davis’ ceremony, the coaches were having an in-home visit with Keith Marshall, the nation’s No. 1 RB according to Rivals and Scout.
Davis said the UF staff “lied” to him but refused to comment further. Two days later (Saturday), he took a surprise official visit to Tennessee and reiterated his stance following the trip.
On Sunday night, Davis decommitted from Florida via twitter and opened his recruitment back up. He is now considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami and South Carolina.
“Things happened,” Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There was a misunderstanding with the Florida coaches. I can’t comment on what went wrong. It just wasn’t meant to be … I’m not feeling any emotions about it. It’s over with [Florida].”
This came as a shock to UF kicker commit Austin Hardin, who also hails from the Peach State and planned on rooming with Davis in college.
“I can’t believe it,” he said. “I’m real good friends with him. We play in the Georgia All-Star games together and I know him pretty well.”
Defensive tackle Jafar Mann, who is Davis’ teammate, said the decision will not affect his commitment to UF.
“Me and Mike are cool, but he’s just a teammate,” Mann said. “Me and him are two different people. To me it’s a mistake on his part, but that’s on him. I’m gonna talk with him and see what he has to say, but that decision has to do with him and his family — not me.”
Once Marshall makes a commitment Tuesday — which many expect will be to UGA — Hardin hopes Davis will reconsider the Gators.
“Hopefully this is just a knee-jerk reaction,” he said. “I just can’t see him not going there. I think Florida will still be under heavy consideration because he likes it so much. Plus we really need him.”
If Marshall becomes a Bulldog as projected, the UF coaches will have their work cut out for them. They have aimed all their recruiting efforts at Davis, Marshall and Matt Jones, and as of now there aren’t many options left at running back in the 2012 class.