Davis Earning the Respect

It doesn't make a lot of sense for a player of Mike Davis' caliber to not get the attention of the recruiting services like he deserves. All of that should change soon as Davis tore up the NIKE camp in Athens, Georgia last week and was the running back MVP. Davis had fun at the camp and says he doesn't understand why more of the rankings folks haven't taken notice yet.

Mike Davis did in the NIKE camp what he always does in the highlights you watch of him. He makes people miss and does it effortlessly. He packs 195 pounds on a 5'-10" frame, so he has more power than you would expect, but his shiftiness and smooth body control allow him more times than not to move without contact.

Then he can wow you with his pass catching ability and route running. He did all of this in Athens last week.

"It is about time I get some respect," Davis said when asked about the apparent lack of respect from the different scouting services. "(The coaches in Athens) were most impressed with my ability to make the linebackers miss in the drills."

He did that all day, but there was one time when he caught one of the state's best on a play that the defender would really love to have back.

"I made the top linebacker fall down, it was bad," he said laughing over the phone. "

Davis explained exactly what he did to make the four-star linebacker prospect wish he wasn't in on that particular play.

"The NIKE guy was explaining to me how to do an option route," Davis said. "He said, ‘attack them, make a move, and leave them there'. Once I ran toward him, he broke down, I stepped to the left and then to the right, he stepped to the right and then fell."

"The direction of the route depends on which way the linebacker goes… I go the other way, but he ended up falling so I just went straight ahead."

The camp was all about flexibility and competition and so they weren't timed or anything like that. The coaches brought in just ran the players through various drills. It was the passing game that Davis turned some heads as well.

"I caught every pass thrown to me," he said. "They said I was the most impressive in catching the ball and I looked smooth in running my routes."

Davis committed to the Florida Gators over a month ago and on his birthday. He and his teammates from Stephenson HS in Stone Mountain (GA) all paid a visit and Davis went ah3ead and pulled the trigger.

Since then he has wanted to get back to Gainesville and just hasn't been able to. However, he was able to check out the Florida spring game on television and believes he and fellow 2012 running back commitment can be a benefit to the Florida offense.

"I missed the spring game and just had to see it on TV," he said. "I am trying to get down there as soon as possible. I think that offense will work great with me and Matt Jones down there."

Some lofty goals are floating around Stephenson this year and Davis is not afraid to lay it all on the line. He understands they have a tough row to how to get where they want to be.

"I am a captain and I plan on getting the team ready," he said. "Our goal is to win the national championship. We have some pretty tough teams on our schedule. We are playing a lot of the same teams as last year and they have a lot of their guys coming back."

If there is one aspect of his game he would like to improve the most it is his speed. He is plenty fast and quick, but that extra burst is something he is working on.

"I personally want to get better at my speed," he said. "I am running a 4.5 and a 4.4 would be great."

Great for him, not so great for defenders.

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