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.
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.”