Lands-Davis Talks U-M Offer, Possible Visit

Douglasville (Ga.) Alexander High 2015 running back Mikell Lands-Davis discusses his Michigan offer, possible visit to Ann Arbor, other schools of interest and more.

Douglasville (Ga.) Alexander High 2015 running back Mikell Lands-Davis is hot commodity in the Peach State. He already hold notable offers from Georgia Tech and NC State, and last week, he earned an unexpected offer from the Wolverines.

"It's real big," he said on his U-M offer. "Michigan is a top-five program historically. I really didn't expect (the offer). I know coach (Jeff Hecklinski) came to my school last Wednesday. I thought it was pretty cool that Michigan was here. But then Michigan actually offered me. I know that they don't offer a lot of running backs. To see that they really wanted to offer me was really exciting. It's just a big offer."

At 5-foot-11, 206-pounds, Lands-Davis said Hecklinski told him he fits the mold of a bigger back that can prosper in Michigan's downhill running scheme.

"(Coach Hecklinski) told me he was looking for more of a bigger back," he said. "He was looking for a running back who is more downhill, make some cuts, goes north-south. He said I fit that perfectly."

Now that Lands-Davis has his Michigan offer, he says he would "definitely" would like to visit this summer.

"Oh yeah, definitely (would like to visit)," he said. "I have to talk with my mom about schools I'm going to visit. But after spring ball I'm going to narrow them down. And Michigan is definitely going to be in the top five or six, but they are definitely going to be there."

Currently, Lands-Davis holds notable offers from Clemson, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others. He also been on campus visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Clemson. And this summer, if possible he would like to visit Michigan, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.) and California.

What is exactly is he looking for when he goes on these campus visits?

"I'm looking for the coaches," he said. "I know some coaches just talk and I know there is some who are for real with you. Usually I can tell who is, if I can have that relationship with the coaches. I want to see how the campus will fit me. I want to see the academic side of it, because I am big on academics. I want to see what school will help me the most."

As far as a decision timeline, Lands-Davis says he would like to make his final decision by August 1. However, he says if he can't make all the schools mentioned, he will delay and take official visits so he can see all of his schools of interest before deciding on his final commitment.

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