Davis can talk anything with McElwain

There’s no doubt that plenty of schools want Ryan Davis. The Lakewood quarterback will most likely play wide receiver for the college he chooses, and he is still waiting to make his decision.

“I haven’t decided just yet where I’ll be taking visits.” Davis says, “I’ll be announcing that very soon.”

As far as schools that are interested in the 5’11’’, 160-pound recruit from St. Petersburg Florida, there’s a big list.

“I’m still talking to Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, Alabama, Old Miss, UCLA, Maryland and Kentucky,” said Davis at the start of 2015.

When Davis does talk to these schools they all have similar messages of the impact he would have on their team.

“They tell me how big of a need I am for them with the type of player I am and how I will fit into their schemes.”

There are certain attributes that Davis looks for when considering a program.

“Location isn’t huge, Davis said. “It is a factor though. I’m looking at schools based on schemes, but really it comes down to trust and the type of people I’m around. I want to be around people I can trust and who are telling the truth. I’m also looking for a school who is in a position where I can get playing time. I’m really looking at the depth chart.”

Davis is close to is former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp. Now the defensive coordinator for Auburn, Muschamp has many of those qualities and continues to talk to Davis.

“Auburn contacted me before Coach Muschamp got there,” he said. “After that when Coach Muschamp got the job it only helped because he was someone I knew there. They also have coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and they have good schemes.”

While the list of schools for Davis is long there was one coach new on the scene who Davis had a lot of confidence in, recently hired head football coach for the Florida Gators, Jim McElwain.

“Obviously he knows what he’s doing.” Davis proclaimed. “He’s a great guy, nice guy to talk to. He’s really cool and he’s a player’s coach. He tries to run his offense based on the type of players he has. That’s huge. He can adjust to his players and try to fit their strengths instead of trying to force stuff that doesn’t fit the players.”

Coach McElwain also holds several characteristics off the field that are attractive to Davis.

“I feel like me and him can talk about anything. He can be a great coach, mentor and father figure at the same time if I was to go there. I feel like we have a great relationship. We talk just about everyday or every other day. There are times we don’t even talk about recruiting. We talk about how school is going, making sure my grades are right, making sure I’m doing everything right, keeping my life straight and stuff like that. We talk about my goals and we talk about life in general.”

It’s a goal for Coach McElwain to get good receiver, and Ryan Davis is definitely on that list.

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