Well, as the story goes, even Booker had to do a double-take when he saw Chris Davis' prep highlight tape. Booker gave kudos and the highlight edge to Davis, who was named the nation's best all-around athlete by Parade Magazine coming out of St. Petersburg Catholic High School.
FSU fans have had the chance to watch Booker, albeit it only in selected practices and the Seminoles' recent spring game. Well, fans are waiting anxiously to watch Davis, who is fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery and turning heads in the Seminoles' summer workouts.
"He looks 100 percent to me," said former FSU wide out Kez McCorvey, who works the team's current receivers a few nights a week. "He cuts pretty good. He looks real sharp, crisp and explosive. Chris kind of reminds you of Peter Warrick in terms of being able to cut and change direction."
Warrick comparisons aside, all Davis wants to do is get back on the football field and make his own name. Davis, who selected the Seminoles over Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and FSU, totaled more than 3,000 yards of total offense at Catholic High. He also averaged an eye-popping 43 yards per kickoff return and had been clocked in the 40 at 4.3
Talk about Fast and Furious.
Davis, however, was injured last summer, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during passing drills at home. When he arrived in Tallahassee last August, watching his first FSU practice from coach Bobby Bowden's golf cart, Davis looked small and rather slight.
By all appearances, one can't even tell Davis was injured. He runs effortlessly, quickly accelerating during passing drills, cutting on a dime and cradling the football with a soft touch. He usually wears a bandana on his head during conditioning drills and mingles easily with teammates.
The biggest difference?
"I am up to around 175 pounds or so," the 6-foot Davis said, a wide grin spreading across his face.
"I've been concentrating on gaining weight. I think I was probably around 155 when I came up here last summer. I know I got up to 160 after surgery. Right now I am just working out, trying to get better. I am stressing my conditioning and working out my (knees). There's no telling how strong I would have been without surgery. I am feeling good."
And, of course, looking good.
Davis says he feels comfortable and confident. His recovery from surgery went well. So well in fact that he was running pass routes during the team's Sugar Bowl practice in New Orleans. Davis also participated in spring drills, though he was held out of all contact drills. After a quick visit home, the quiet Davis is all business.
"I am fitting right back into it," Davis said.
"I had a few people surprised (about quick recovery) but I really didn't know what to expect. Sure, it was disappointing but I had to get over it (surgery) quick anyway. It doesn't matter what happened. I am here now, getting ready to go through the season and help this team win."
Naturally, FSU's receiving corps must help carry that load. ACC sprint champion Craphonso Thorpe and fellow junior P.K. Sam, who has been slowed by a slight hamstring tweak, must step up to replace Anquan Boldin and Talman Gardner. The duo combined for 99 receptions for 1,596 yards and 20 touchdowns last regular-season.
Davis believes the Seminoles are up to the challenge.
"I think we will be one of the best receiving corps out there," Davis said.
"We are very competitive out here. We have a lot of speed and I think everyone has a lot to offer. Best part is everyone pushes each other. If one person does something out there, one of us is trying to do it better."
Kind of like Davis' highlight tape, wouldn't you say?