McCardell Building Rapport With Davis

Ed White High (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Javarius Davis has an impressive offer list to say the least, and he's been floundering a bit on which programs he really wants to take a closer look at. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-way star has given out several different "favorites" lists of late, some that have included as many as 10 programs and others as few as four or five.

Ed White High (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Javarius Davis has an impressive offer list to say the least, and he's been floundering a bit on which programs he really wants to take a closer look at. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-way star has given out several different "favorites" lists of late, some that have included as many as 10 programs and others as few as four or five. While we're hesitant to call his most recent grouping a solid compilation, there seems to be about eight schools that have caught his eye.

"I go back and forth, but right now it's about eight. Miami, Florida, USC, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Maryland, Clemson and Penn State," said Davis, who only holds offers from three of those eight (Tar Heels, Badgers and Terps). "Those are the schools that have been in touch a lot and have been talking to me the most right now. Those are also the programs I have good interest in."

The Terps were one of Davis' most recent verbals. He said Maryland assistant Keenan McCardell had been in close contact before letting him know the staff wanted to offer in mid-May.

"I like Maryland. They've been showing a lot of interest," Davis said. "Their coaching staff talks to me on Twitter and text all the time. It's a great group, and I like Coach McCardell. He played in the NFL and knows a lot about the game, and he's a good guy."

Davis went on to detail McCardell's message to him. He said UMD's new receivers' coach has urged him to take a College Park, Md., trip this summer, which Davis plans to do sometime in the next month or so.

"[McCardell] says he loves me and wants me up there. He actually wants me to commit while I'm on campus (laughs)," Davis said. "I'm not going to do that – I'm keeping my options open – but I do like them and want to visit."

The Sunshine State back has never been to Maryland or in the general area before, nor does he know much about the school. He didn't have any definitive thoughts on the Under Armour connection, Big Ten move or the direction of the program, either.

"I do know they have Stefon Diggs, though," Davis said. "He's a great receiver and I've watched him on YouTube. Seeing what he's been able to do there, that makes me more interested in [Maryland]."

Maryland is just one school on Davis' radar, though. He has upwards of 30 offers from the likes of Wisconsin, UNC, Arkansas, Virginia, Louisville, Arizona, Oregon State, Michigan, Boise State, Duke, Boston College, FIU, FAU, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, USF, WVU, Wake Forest and more. Meanwhile, Clemson, USC, Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami, Penn State and others have been in touch.

"Alabama, Tennessee, I'd love to get those offers. I'd love to play in the SEC and a major program like that," Davis said. "Ohio State, that's another one I'm looking for."

So far Davis has visited UNC, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Of those, he had high praise for the Canes, Heels and Tigers.

"I really liked North Carolina. The coaches I loved, the campus was great and I just had a great time," Davis said. "Clemson, their coaches tell me if I came there I could have an early impact, and they have a great program in general. That's a great place to be, too.

"And Miami, their coaches are in touch all the time and they really want me there. I like how Miami is a private school and the classes are smaller too. There's a lot of history at Miami."

Davis said he has about a dozen trips he'd like to take this summer. Those haven't been set in stone yet, but some he has in mind are returns to UNC and Clemson, Maryland, Penn State, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan.

"It's going to be a long, long road trip," said Davis, who isn't sure whether or not he wants to leave Florida for college. "I'm looking for places I feel really comfortable, where I can make an immediate impact and where they have my major (physical therapy)."

When the road trip is completed, Davis would like to sit down with his family and hash out the pros and cons of each school. He ideally wants to have his college chosen by mid-summer, perhaps in late June or July.

Davis is coming off a season where he rushed for almost 1,000 yards and produced double-digit touchdowns.

"I'm very explosive with the ball, I have great vision, great feet, good ball skills, and I'm strong and powerful," he said. "I feel like I'm a complete back."

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