Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) has been inadvertently raising and dashing the hopes of Georgia Bulldogs fans through the last week.
First, he told DawgNation he had decided on a school that “is close to home so my family can easily come see me.” With Davis living just over an hour away from Athens, the Bulldogs seemed like a logical destination. Spirits rose in Athens at the thought of him joining Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) in the backfield next year. But after talking to sources close to Davis, South Carolina seemed the more likely result. The letdown was palpable.
Then yesterday, Davis, who is currently in San Antonio preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, indicated to reporters that were he to choose this week, he likely would select the Bulldogs.
Hope bloomed again among the Bulldog Nation -- but Davis was quick to clarify.
“I thought they meant which one I would pick out of the three schools that I have visited,” Davis said. “I told him UGA.”
So what is the latest with Davis?
“I have already made a decision, but I don’t want anybody to know where I am going yet,” Davis said. “I made my decision, kind of, but I just want to make sure I am going through with it fully, all the way, with my last official visits set up.”
In other words, there is a chance.
Davis’ visit to Georgia in December went very well for the Bulldogs, and while they will get another shot at the four-star running back, so too will the other nearby schools.
“I am visiting South Carolina, UGA and Clemson,” Davis said. “I am looking at the atmosphere and where I feel at home. I will announce on January 31.”
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back recently de-committed from Florida and has become a very hot commodity. His final three visits will be vital in finalizing his choice.
“What I like about South Carolina is their depth chart at running back, and it is not that far from home,” Davis said. “And Georgia, it is basically the same thing. Clemson is somewhat similar also. Everyone is recruiting me the same. No one has a better sales pitch. I made my decision; I just haven’t gone public with it.”
When Davis announced via Twitter on Dec. 29 that he had a school in mind, he created a whirlwind of speculation and anger in a very public forum. Jilted fans attacked his character while others speculated as to his destination. Davis is not shy and says he would do it again in a heartbeat.
“I just don’t pay it any mind,” Davis said. “I know the things that I have done and what is going on. People don’t know exactly what happened. They are going to say whatever they want to say. These people are crazy. I don’t regret it -- I am enjoying everything.”