December 4, 2011
Four-star RB Davis talks visit
If there is one position of need that is most glaring for the Vols it's certainly running back. In a season where the Vols finished No. 117 in the nation in rushing, it's no surprise they've called upon a top-100 back like Georgia tailback Mike Davis.
Davis, who's been committed to Florida since last February, decided to take a visit to Tennessee this weekend because of of some uneasiness with his commitment to the Gators.
"It was out of nowhere," Davis said of the visit. "The motivation in taking it was my uncertainty with Florida, basically."
Davis wasn't willing to go into too much detail about the uncertainty with Florida, saying it has to do with he and the coaches.
"Some things just went on with me and the coaches and I just have no comment on that," Davis said.
The 5-foot-10, 207-pound running back said he's more open after visiting Knoxville, but also said he's not sure what to think.
"I'm more open than where I was before, but then again, I don't know," Davis said.
Davis gave the visits high marks and offered being with Tennessee's players were the highlight of his official visit.
"It was great. I just hung out with the players. Tennessee has very good players on the team," Davis said. "Hanging out with the team (was the best part). I didn't think these guys were going to be this cool. They were up front with me and honest with me. We just had a good time."
Davis admitted Tennessee outdid his expectations and really like Neyland Stadium. He added that his brother, current Detroit Lions' running back James Davis, was close to being a Volunteer.
"It wasn't like what I expected it to be. The stadium was so big. I didn't think it was going to be that big. I thought my brother was going to come here, but he ended up picking Clemson. I don't what happened. But, I thought he was going to come to Tennessee," he said.
Tennessee could use a back like either Mike or James, and the younger brother said that he was told all weekend how much the Vols want to add another running back.
"Yeah, that was expressed to me a lot, how much they needed a running back. I had a really good time," Davis said.
But, how much does playing time mean to him?
"You know, that plays a big part, I think, with every running back," Davis said. "All running backs want to come in and start right away. But, you know also that you've got to compete for that position."
Davis added the coaching staff let him know all weekend why they value him so much.
"They see me as a complete, every down back. They said there were things they were lacking; explosive plays," he said. "I saw clips of guys that would trip up behind offensive linemen. It was terrible. But, they were like I was what they were missing."
Jim Chaney will be taking over Davis' recruitment because he was being recruited by Charlie Baggett, who has decided to retire. But, Davis said it makes no difference to him and he likes Chaney.
"He's fired up. He's a good guy too. Every time I talked to him he's happy, he's excited," Davis said.
With all the uncertainty Florida presents right now in his situation, Davis said Tennessee fits in perfectly with what he likes, but isn't sure what's next.
"They fit in perfect with the things they were telling me about their running backs and stuff. But, then again, I'm uncertain, so I don't know," he said.
Davis said he's like to take more visits and besides Florida and Tennessee, he's still talking to Miami, Florida State, South Carolina, Alabama and more. He added he has no time frame and will just take things as they come moving forward.r
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