When LSU held its annual Junior Day event back on Feb. 28 several dominoes expected to fall. And the dominoes were in the form of recruits as LSU anticipated that several prospects would give head coach Les Miles an early verbal commitment for 2010.
Those projections were right on cue as the Tigers received an affirmation from four prospects at the one-day event. But the first one to fall from out of state came as bit of a shock to many as five-star wide receiver Mike Davis (6-1, 174, 4.4) was the first pledge from outside of the Bayou State for 2010.
When the Dallas (Texas) Skyline product selected LSU over offers from Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Michigan, Cal and many others, he cited numerous reasons for his decision.
There was the relationship that he had built with wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, and there was also LSU’s tradition of winning championships. Having seven receivers chosen in the NFL Draft over the last six years was another selling point including three in the first round – Dwayne Bowe (2007), Craig Davis (2007) and Michael Clayton (2004).
Exactly three weeks after he made the call, Davis made a return trip to Baton Rouge to take in one of LSU’s spring practices. This time, however, he didn’t make the long drive from Dallas alone as his mother accompanied him to see what all of the fuss was about.
After all, mom had to put her stamp of approval on a decision that could affect her son for the rest of his life.
“She really loved it. It had everything that she wanted for me and more,” Davis told TigerSportsDigest.com Managing Editor Shea Dixon back on March 20. “She met Coach Miles and Coach Mac (D.J. McCarthy), and they all got along well. They gave her a big tour and she saw everything that there is to see. I definitely am happy with how things went."
Another trip followed for Davis when he attended Les Miles’ June Football Camp and that was even more positive reinforcement for the nation’s No. 9-ranked wide receiver.
Three trips to LSU’s campus combined with six nights and seven days spent in Baton Rouge and there isn’t much that Davis hasn’t seen of the place he plans to call home for the next four years. Except, of course, for a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
“LSU/Florida; how can I not be down there for that,” Davis said. “I’ve got to be down there this weekend and you know I’m coming.”
This weekend will be Davis’ official visit to LSU and he couldn’t have picked a bigger weekend as the No. 4 Tigers will host the top-ranked team in the country in the Florida Gators.
The game is one that has Davis’ attention, but just as important in his mind is what will take place before and after the battle between the Tigers and Gators.
“I really just want to go back and feel like I’m at home,” he said. “I know that’s where I’m going to end up at because it’s just like home. So I just want to go hang with some of my future teammates and feel the love that comes with being at LSU.”
Something that comes with being as highly regarded as Davis is – No. 48 in the country overall – is persistent work by others to pull him away from LSU. And in the recruiting world there are sure to be rumors surrounding a high-profile recruit like Davis.
There is talk that Davis is strongly considering Cal and that he’s taking an official visit there sometime this fall. There is also chatter and innuendo regarding an official visit to Texas A&M, along with his Skyline teammates and Aggie commits Corey Nelson and Dominique Patterson.
Davis is aware of everything that is being written and said regarding his recruitment. He says it’s annoying, but he doesn’t worry about things he can’t control.
“Coaches might say stuff and others will twist my words, but I’m a Bayou Bengal,” he stated. “I’m not going anywhere else and I’m not going on any other official visits.
“Some people might try and twist my words to get the LSU coaches mad at me to pull my scholarship, but I’m going to LSU. And I know the LSU coaches know that, and I also know they would never pull my scholarship just because of what people say. Look where I’m going this weekend. Enough said.”
When Davis arrives in Baton Rouge early Saturday morning he hopes to feel better than he currently does as he’s battling a mild case of the Flu.
Those Flu-like symptoms and a mild hand injury that has affected his ulnar nerve kept Davis from playing in last week’s 65-0 win over Molina, but he says they will not keep him out this Friday against Richardson.
Skyline is 5-0 and ranked No. 19 in the country by MaxPreps, and Davis has done his part in helping the Raiders reach that status.
Not only is he leading his team in receiving with 13 receptions for 339 yards – 26.1 yards per catch – and five touchdowns, but Davis is also playing cornerback at times when the other team has a receiver that needs to be shutdown.
Davis may or may not top the production he posted last season that included 58 catches for 1,138 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he knows that he can help his team even when he isn’t catching passes.
“I’m just staying focused to get other people involved. I’m not worried about the stats. I’m just focusing on winning state and doing good in school,” said Davis, who sports a 1450 SAT score and a 2.8 grade point average.
“Then I’ll worry about what I need to do to help LSU from that point on.”