April 30th, 2013 07:18pm

Gators pursuing FSU tight end commit from Texas


Florida’s assistant coaches have been hitting the west coast and state of Texas hard during this month’s Evaluation Period, searching for prospects who fit their recruiting criteria and have genuine interest in the Gators.

They have found one in 2015 tight end Jordan Davis out of Houston Clear Lake.

Davis caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore. (Photo courtesy of Davis)

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, who committed to Florida State in March, was evaluated by UF tight ends coach Derek Lewis last week and landed an offer the following day.

“It was a big for me,” Davis said. “Florida has a great history with tight ends and I like how they use them in their offense.”

He saw it firsthand during his visit to Tallahassee for the UF-FSU game on Nov. 24.

“They moved Jordan Reed out wide a lot, almost like a slot receiver, which I liked seeing,” Davis said. “That’s exactly what I want to do in a college, playing in an offense that actually spreads me out to create mismatches with cornerbacks. It’s a huge factor for me. I want to be utilized for more than just blocking.”

In addition to the use of Reed, Davis was also impressed with Florida’s fan base at the game.

“It was a real intense,” he said. “They were surrounded by nothing but Seminoles, but they were still up there cheering and I just couldn’t believe how die-hard the Gator fans were. I can just imagine how it is at The Swamp.”

Davis plans to camp at UF this summer, which will be his first trip to Gainesville.

“I’m looking forward to everything — the academics, the athletic facilities, the campus, the dorms,” he said. “I just want to learn more about the school because I already know about the football team. They got a lot of confidence and swag and they seem like a close-knit family at Florida. I’m just ready to see it.”

The deciding factors for Davis will be his relationship with the coaches and finding the offense best suited for his skills. Distance doesn’t matter to him, and he actually prefers playing in the state of Florida.

“The weather is way better there than it is in Texas,” Davis said.

As for his commitment to Florida State, Davis has a close bond with the Seminoles’ staff and received his first offer from them. But he still has interest in other schools, including Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

“I’m open and I’ve visited other colleges since I committed,” Davis said. “I feel I wouldn’t be visiting anywhere else if I wasn’t open. I would be set-in-stone with Florida State, which I’m not because I’m only a sophomore and I have two more years of this (recruiting process). But another college has to really catch my eye for me to change my mind.”

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  1. April 30th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Zach: Mark Richt says he and the majority of SEC coaches endorse an early signing period for football. Do you see this happening in near future?

    by ron

  2. April 30th, 2013 8:26 pm

    Yes, I believe it will happen sooner or later. Football needs to have one just like basketball in my opinion.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  3. April 30th, 2013 8:37 pm

    stop all the flip flopping but will take away some of the fun of recruiting.

    by J

  4. May 1st, 2013 7:08 am

    J….. I agree with u…but all this decomitting stuff is just garbage. Why not wait till signing day & truly committ after its all over? Plus committ to a school, not a coach, nor some other reason!

    by Harold

  5. May 1st, 2013 11:35 am

    Muschamp will turn this kid IMO, and it doesn’t help fsu that he has built a recruiting machine coaching staff at UF and that FSU lost it’s top three recruiters in their mass coaching staff change after the 2012 season.

    by Gator Todd

  6. May 1st, 2013 11:51 am

    @ Gator Todd, great comment on the staffs.

    by V02max

  7. May 1st, 2013 12:27 pm

    I totally agree with the early signing period. It will only help us recruit better because we can stop re-recruiting our own players and go after others.

    by KY GATOR

  8. May 1st, 2013 11:13 pm

    Can’t stop it. How else would a Phi Beta Kappa with a 2.2 GPA in West Podunk, Arkaksas be able to place 4 hats on a cafeteria table in the middle of nowhere and mess with adults who follow the 4 schools and who live vicariously through the actions of a kid soon to be majoring in Recreational Swing Set Therapy Studies.

    by Lou Vales

  9. May 2nd, 2013 1:30 am

    This young man sounds like a winner. Get this guy on campus!

    by GoG8rs!

  10. May 2nd, 2013 10:41 am

    This kid has a long ways to go and a lot will change over the next few years. I don’t think kids should be allowed to commit, until their Senior year and I hope they implement the early signing period, soon. I believe it will force most kids to wait until the official signing day, to commit to a school, however.

    by GIGator

  11. May 3rd, 2013 6:35 pm

    I agree with GIGator on the signing time, they should at the very least have to wait until after their Junior season is over. They should have a better (not a full) view of which programs MAY BE better for them. GO GATORS!!!!


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