California LB Eyeing Gators

John Michael Davis from Santa Margarita (Cali.) Santa Margarita Catholic High School is one of the top junior linebackers in the country. Davis has had his eyes on the Gators for sometime.

At 6-2, 220-pounds and still growing, John Michael Davis can do just about whatever he wants on the football field. Weather it is playing safety as he did as a sophomore where he ended with 52 tackles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions or playing weak side linebacker as a junior, the sky is the limit.
At times he can make the move to the offensive side of the ball where he registered 14 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown last season. Davis has some impressive strength numbers as evident by his performance in the power clean.

  • 40 yard dash 4.59
  • Shuttle 4.1
  • Vertical 34 Inches
  • Broad Jump 10 Feet
  • Power Clean 332-Pounds
  • Squat 510-Pounds
  • Bench 300-Pounds

    While this season has not gone entirely according to plan, Davis knows that the goals that were set before the season are still attainable.

    "This season has gone pretty good but not as good as we hoped it would," Davis said. "We still have a shot to reach the playoffs with a win tonight and that is something that we talked about before the season started so it is up to us to go out and take care of business tonight."

    Even though the season has had some highs and lows one of the more memorable games was the first game versus St. Bonaventure and the nations No. 1 rated running back Darrell Scott.

    "They beat us in a very tough game for the first win of the season but we were able to hold Scott to 76 yards rushing and I ended with 19 tackles," Davis said. "I made a few open field tackles on Scott and if I can tackle that guy in space I can tackle anybody. After that I started getting invited to a lot more camps and games so it helped me get noticed a little more."

    And who exactly has taken notice by the play of Davis, UCLA, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Tennessee, Penn State, Nebraska and Southern California.

    Davis admits that he has interest in all of his top schools but has been fond of the play in the Southeaster Conference, particularly the University of Florida.

    "I know that Florida will be around in the end," Davis said. "They will definitely be in my top five I have liked them for a while now but I don't have enough information on the rest of the teams that I am looking at. Watching the Gators on television you can tell how crazy it is with the fans and with that stadium. I am looking to come in and work hard in whatever capacity needed. We have been invited to come to the Florida and Florida State game, and I hope that we can make that trip. If we make it into the playoffs and advance past the first round we might be playing that weekend but if we get knocked out we should be at The Swamp."

    Davis talked about some of his strengths.

    "My strength is that when I get in space I make the play but I can also go inside against the bigger stronger offensive lineman," he said. "I need to read the play a little better, right now I can get by on my athletic ability but at the next level I need to know where the ball is going every time."

    The John Michael Davis File:

    Junior:
  • WLB and WR

    Sophomore:
  • Started at safety and receiver
  • back up quarterback
  • played linebacker vs. Mission Viejo in quarter finals
  • plays on all special teams.

    Player of the Game:
  • SMCHS vs. Dorsey High School of Los Angeles - 100 yards rushing 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • SMCHS vs. Edison CIF Western Division semi-finals at the Home Depot Center - 9 tackles, 5 solo, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles

    Freshman:
  • Started on varsity as wide receiver at Orange Lutheran High School - 12 catches for 156 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Played corner and safety

    2006 Statistics:
  • 52 tackles
  • 19 solo tackles
  • 4 interceptions
  • 20 carries for 166 yards with 1 touchdown
  • 14 catches for 169 yards

    Davis is also a member of the Scout.com Top 100 for the Class of 2009.

    Questions or comments? Contact FightinGators.com's Jason Higdon


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