Stone Mountain, Ga., running back Mike Davis got a nice surprise on Saturday during his visit to Gainesville.
Davis had said earlier this week that he could commit to the Gators and the 2012 recruiting class, which he did.
What happened next, however, was a surprise. Upon voicing his intentions to the UF coaching staff, he was suddenly serenaded by head coach Will Muschamp and all the others, including his recruiter tight ends coach Derek Lewis.
“They sang happy birthday to me in front of everybody,” said Davis, who turned 18 on Saturday. “ I felt so welcomed. All my teammates, everybody was clapping for me.”
He was too elated to offer any kind of a critique of the rendition.
“I’d say everybody sounded good,” Davis said with a laugh.
Davis said he rushed for about 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns last season while sharing time with teammate Willie Davis at running back. Davis, who also rushed for more than 1,000 yards, has since signed for 2011 with USF.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Davis says he’s a do everything kind of back. He has 4.5-second 40-yard-dash speed.
“In our offense you have to be able to block, run and catch the ball,” he said. This year he will split carries again with fellow 2012 prospect T.J. Moon.
Davis, who picked UF over Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, brought what seemed like half the Stone Mountain team with him to Gainesville and he said now he will turn his attention to bringing in some teammates.
Also on the trip were OL Nick Gibbons (6-5, 285), LB Darreon Herring (6-3, 200), DE Jarontay Jones (6-3, 235), LB Raphael Kirby (6-1, 212), OL Steve McKenzie (6-3, 280), DT JaFar Mann (6-4, 275), and TE Josh Parris (6-3, 230).
Davis said he thinks Kirby, Jones and Mann are possibly easy targets for the Gators, but he’ll be working them all.
“It’s time to recruit everybody to come to Florida,” he said.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.