RECRUITING: Davis Really Likes Florida

The $64,000 question for Friday Night Lights was would Torrey Davis show? Only a day or so before, the 6-5, 275-pound defensive lineman from Seffner Armwood was quoted on another network's fan site that he was committed to Florida State. He recanted that story, then not only showed up in Gainesville but wowed everybody from friends and family to coaches and fellow campers in The Swamp.

(See Torrey Davis profile)

Davis is a priority recruit for the Florida coaching staff. He is a blue chip talent, capable of becoming a true dominator at the next level. They wanted to see what would happen in The Swamp when Davis saw all the best collection of high school football talent in the country on one campus at Friday Night Lights. Needless to say, Davis got his competitive juices flowing and nobody, especially Florida's staff, was disappointed with the performance.

Davis rose to the level of the competition among the defensive linemen, then as an added bonus, he showed that he could double as a wide receiver in a pinch. No, that's not a misprint. At 6-5, 275 he actually burned a couple of cornerbacks that were trying to cover him on pass patterns.

"I have a lot of energy," Davis snickered. "It was fun. I had a real good time! It was real fun!"

Davis arrived early, stayed late and found every aspect of his stay on the Florida campus enjoyable.

"I got there around 4 p.m.," he said. "I came to compete with some good offensive linemen. I went to a couple of combines and the linemen weren't really big but there were some big guys (in Gainesville). I know they have me ranked very high, but I haven't really been against anyone that good. I went there and did pretty good."

While most project him to become a dominating defensive tackle at the next level, he proved that he's got the agility and quickness to play on the outside, too.

"I played a lot of defensive end (Friday night)," he said. "That is where I play in high school.

One of his best friends on the recruiting circuit is fellow defensive lineman and Gator commitment D'Angelo McCray. Both players are quite similar in what they do on the field. Both are monster defensive ends that most "experts" predict will move inside in college. He and McCray were both working out for the staff.

"I met up with D'Angelo McCray," said Davis. "He and I talk a lot on the phone. He is kind of thick now."

A prevailing issue with Davis is the academic battle. Can he qualify for Division I? He admits that in the past he hasn't been inclined to work hard on his grades but all that has changed. He's doing his best to make up for lost time in the classroom with a renewed commitment to make good enough grades to qualify.

He recently expressed concerns that Florida may not be able to get him into school or maybe take care of him when the time comes to get to the next level. According to Davis, the Gator staff alleviated a lot of those concerns.

"We really did talk about that," Davis said. "They (Florida and FSU) are really saying the same things. That, even if I don't qualify they have a plan for me. Like I tell everyone I am doing too much right now not to make it."

So the bonus round question is where does he stand?

"It is still down to Florida State and Florida," he said. " I really, really, really like Florida. I am not going to beat around the bush, because I liked Florida from day one. I wanted to go up there and play around with some of the other top people. I guess I showed them that they don't have Torrey Davis ranked that high for no reason.

"I like Coach (Greg) Mattison. He seems really like a good coach. I know he can teach me a bunch about playing football. I am not one of those people because I am ranked so high that I don't think I need to learn something. I know I have a million things to learn about playing the position and I know he can teach me.. That is the reason I go there., I want to see for myself."

And an outright leader?

"I don't really want to talk about who leads right now," he said. "Florida State is up, but Florida is real close. I don't want to say any more than that."


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