4-star Davis stops by Florida for a bit

A week after not making it to Gainesville when he thought he would, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood 4-star wide receiver Ryan Davis and two Tampa friends stopped in for a while on their way back from visiting Vanderbilt. Davis and fellow Tampa brethren Byron Cowart and George Campbell had a long trip, but Davis said the Florida part was a good visit with friends.

Nashville, Tennessee was the first destination for Ryan Davis and company and the 5-11, 165 pound burner liked what he saw of the SEC school.

“It was fun,” Davis said of the visit with the Commodores. “I liked it. It was a really good experience.”

Vanderbilt has a lot to offer academically and Davis likes it and new head coach Derek Mason.

“The education is big there and Coach Mason is a real smooth guy.,” Davis said. “I really like him a lot. The education is great and the support the group they have there.”

He made the trip with close friends Byron Cowart, a five-star defensive end from Seffner (Fla) Armwood and George Campbell, a 4-star receiver from Tarpon Springs (Fla.) Eastlake. The three got a little taste of Nashville as well before they left town.

“Me, Byron, and George all went together,” Davis said. “We saw a little bit of Nashville, we could tell it was kind of country there.”

The three stopped in Gainesville on the way back and met up with the staff and players of the Florida football team. They got a hard look at just how many local Tampa guys were a big part of what is going on at Florida.

“It was fun,” he said of the stop with the Gators. “All the Tampa guys were there. My cousin Dante Fowler, Vernon Hargreaves, Alvin Bailey, Matt Jones and all of them were there. We just hung out and had a little fun. The coaching staff was there and we had a really great time.

Davis said he isn’t getting any pressure at all to pull the trigger from the coaches.

“They aren’t pushing me at all,” he said. “They say they will have a spot for me and that I can come in and play right away in the slot. I could run some wildcat packages and other things.”

Likewise the players from Tampa are going easy on him too.

“They want me to make the best decision for me, but of course they want me there,” he said.

He does see a lot of good things happening at Florida that attract him.

“I love the offense and love how they are trying to get the program right,” he said. “I love the campus and everything.”

Davis claims he doesn’t have a top group of teams or a timetable for any kind of decision. But, he does know what he is looking for in a program.

“My relationship with the coaching staff and the scheme of the offense are the most important things,” he said.

Stay tuned to Scout as we follow the recruitment of Ryan Davis to its fruition.

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