Chris Davis Jr. hasn't exactly had a lot to be happy about over the past four weeks.
His Oviedo Lions are in the middle of an unprecedented three-game losing streak, and the UCF commit suffered a bruised collarbone two weeks ago and has been on the mend.
So during an off week for the Lions, Davis was quite pleased to see the Knights provide him with some positive energy on a Friday night.
It had been a long time coming.
Davis said he did not get to watch the entire UCF-Louisville matchup, but what he did see gave him a taste of what things could be like for him in the future.
“I’m proud to be a Knight,” said Oviedo’s multi-talented star, a high school quarterback who is committed to UCF as a receiver. “I knew at the beginning of the game that they were going to win.”
Big victories like these help add justification to a player’s choice.
“Everyone was asking me right after I committed, ‘Is UCF the right place for you,’ and it’s kind of like UCF has proven that,” Davis said. “I don’t feel like I have to tell anyone why I chose UCF anymore … that game helped out with all of my reasoning and it just proves to everyone that you can’t overlook UCF ... and it was a good choice by me.”
He said he was trying to tell his Oviedo teammate Jurell Green prior to the contest that UCF had the upper hand.
"I was having a back-and-forth with Ratt before the game about that," Davis said. "He was like, 'Nah, [Teddy] Bridgewater is going to shred them apart.' ... but I knew at the beginning of the game that we were going to win."
The Ratt, as Green's friends and teammates call him, is on the 2015 target list of recruits for UCF, but he'll need to start jumping aboard the Knights bandwagon.
"Oh yeah," Davis said.
Green actually earned his first college offer from Louisville, but perhaps the 5-foot-9, 178-pound running back will come around to his local senses eventually.
Davis said he has a great bit of pride in watching former Oviedo quarterback Blake Bortles leading the way for UCF.
"It's just a good feeling because I know Blake ... we're close and we're cool like that," Davis said, "so after the game I texted him and said good game and stuff like that ... we talked for a little bit."
The vindication was not lost on other UCF commits.
“I expected them to win, but that’s a big win,” said UCF commit Wyatt Miller, a 6-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County High who played Friday night so he did not get to watch the UCF victory. “I’m thinking about coming down there for the Houston game now. I’m already planning to come down for the USF game, but that Houston game is going to be a big one too.”
With the victory over Louisville, the Knights have put themselves in a better position in working toward the first American Athletic Conference crown, although they still have six AAC games remaining and teams like Rutgers and Houston will be anxious to knock UCF off course.
"The only game I've been to this year [at UCF] was the South Carolina game," said Miller, "but they showed they can hang with anybody and only lost to them by three points."
Miller loved the Bright House Networks Stadium atmosphere and said he can't wait to get back to Orlando.
"It was awesome. That atmosphere was something I'd never really been in before," Miller said. "I've been to a couple Georgia games, but that atmosphere is nothing like that. UCF's got them beat by a lot. The student section and all that ... I don't think any team in the country has fans like that. It was crazy."
Defensive line commit Joey Connors (6-4, 270), who was also in attendance for the South Carolina game, didn't get to watch the entire UCF-Louisville game, since his Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison High team was also in action Friday night, but he did make it home in time to see the important part.
"I got home for the last three drives or so ... I got to see the game-winning drive. It was a big win," Connors said. "I had faith in UCF. To see them out there winning against Top 10 teams it just makes me want to get down there and help them out."
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