RECRUITING: UF has chance with James Davis

Gators working hard on Davis

James Davis is an elusive, yet powerful running back from Douglass High School in Atlanta. Davis has plenty of offers from schools such as Georgia, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Florida. Florida and Coach Mike Locksley have been working hard recently to move up his charts. He talked Wednesday about where Florida stands. <b>ALSO: Video Highlights.</b>

"Coach Locksley is recruiting me," said Davis, who says Virginia Tech and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest. "He's a cool person. With Fason leaving, the freshmen are going to have to play. I think I can compete right away down there [Florida]."

Davis is set to visit Gainesville the first weekend in January and will follow that trip up with a trip to Death Valley to visit the Clemson Tigers on the fourteenth.

"I don't think I will take any more visits after that," Davis said. Davis is unsure about a timeline for his commitment.

Davis had an impressive senior season for Douglass. While two of his teammates, Brandon Sesay and Roderick Battle (both committed to Georgia) seemingly get all of the press, James Davis exploded for 2400 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. At 6-0, 205 pounds, Davis is a combination power and speed back. His 4.4 speed has a lot of coaches dreaming of touchdowns this holiday season. In much of his film, Davis seems to be more of a "between the tackles" type of runner. He is the kind of back that can get that tough one yard on a fourth down, or break away for a long touchdown. Davis was used in the passing game this year also, but mostly on screen passes.

Davis has given serious consideration to each school on his list, and the one that lands him has to meet up with his high standards.

Davis said, "I really want to go where I feel that the coaches love me…you know show me a lot of love. Somewhere I fit in good with the players…and playing time has got a lot to do with it. And, how I fit in on the depth chart. But, there's competition everywhere."

Davis has yet to schedule in home visit although he admits that Virgina Tech and Clemson have a slight lead since they have recruited him the longest and the hardest. He said that Florida is just behind the leaders and that a good January trip could go a long way toward making up ground.

Davis rarely mentioned Georgia in the conversation. He does talk about depth charts and since the Bulldogs have three outstanding young backs already, it's perhaps a safe bet to believe that's why he's looking beyond the borders of the state to find a college home.

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