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Tampa Jefferson WR Andre Davis had USF No. 1 wire to wire

The big boys came at him hard. He liked what he heard. Like what he saw from various state college programs like Florida State and Miami when he attended games.

But talented Tampa Jefferson receiver Andre Davis stuck to his loyalties all along. He was impressed with USF coach Skip Holtz from the beginning of his tenure, which began amid the fallout of Jim Leavitt's firing about a year ago.

He's always like USF. He never took an official visit anywhere but USF, which was this past weekend. And right afterward, he committed to the Bulls.

"Oh yes, throughout the whole process, most definitely," Davis said of his loyalty to USF. "I was always  considering a good five or six schools ... USF, FSU, Miami, West Virginia, Rutgers."

He had more than 20 offers, and for good reason. He was one of the main cogs in the high-flying Tampa Jefferson offense. Jefferson went 15-0, cruising to the state title by scoring an averaging of nearly 50 points per game.

His best friend Quentin Williams was the quarterback and Davis, and other receivers, helped him break nearly every Class 3A state passing record as well as get Williams named 2011 Mr. Football for the state.

Williams is Florida's all-time leader in passing yardage (10,384) and passing touchdowns (109). He threw for another record 56 touchdowns his senior season.

For Davis' part, he had 63 catches for 1,300 yards and 12 of those touchdowns during his senior season.

Davis said it was easy to stick with USF all along, and his visit this past weekend only reinforced what he had already felt from the program.

"Overall it’s just one big family," Davis said. "My host, Lindsey Lamar (fellow WR from Tampa Hillsborough, will be a junior at USF), any question that I had for him he answered it truthful."

He reiterated the family part several times, and being close to home also made a big impact on his decision.

"That’s going to be great for me," Davis said of USF being in his hometown. "It means a lot. Everybody can come see me from the area, my family, friends from Hillsborough County ... so it's gonna be straight."

He said that it will take a while to sink in, that his decision has finally been made and his future is ready to take off.

"I just cant wait to get out there and compete," he said.

As for his buddy Williams, who has committed to Bethune-Cookman since major schools stayed away given his lack of height (6-0, 283), Davis says he has not given up on playing together at the college level.

"Oh yeah, he's going to hear it from me," Davis said of recruiting his good friend, with whom he has been on the same team since he was 10 years old.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.

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