Michigan’s search for cornerback help picked up steam last fall, and one of the prospects that gained significant traction on the Wolverines’ recruiting board was Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White standout Javarius Davis. The coach spearheading the Maize & Blue’s positive effort was cornerbacks coach Roy Manning. Unfortunately for Michigan, its season and its recruiting gains began to unravel as winter approached.
“We had a good relationship,” Davis said of Manning. “I don’t know, but I think he kind of knew he was going to get fired. So we really haven’t talked. But we were talking (before) and we had a good relationship.”
Michigan’s absence from the equation since then has drastically affected its ability to be a factor in the race for Davis’ services. Harbaugh’s hire caught his attention, but it didn’t automatically reestablish the Wolverines’ as contenders.
“(Harbaugh) is a good coach. (D.J. Durkin) was cool at Florida. He was a laid back coach. But they haven’t really been recruiting me hard, so I’m not really focused on them. Right now I’m focused on the schools that have been recruiting me hard.”
It hasn’t yet been determined whether Manning will return to Ann Arbor as part of Harbaugh’s staff, but if he is retained a call from him to Davis would go a long way toward giving Michigan a puncher’s chance.
“I’d take the call because I have respect for him and we have a good relationship, but it’s kind of getting down to crunch time,” said Davis.
Which is why Davis, like many other prospects, will be hitting the visit trail for each of the next three weekends. At the moment, though, only two destinations appear to be etched in stone.
“I have Auburn this upcoming weekend,” he said. “On the 30th I go to Georgia. On the 23rd? Uhhh? Probably Florida.”
The window of opportunity is the January 23rd weekend. Time will tell if the Wolverines are able to jump through it.
“I’m just looking for a school that feels like home,” said Davis. “A great coaching staff, a coaching staff I can trust, and the school I can get a great degree. When football is over, it’s over, so you’ve got to have a back-up plan. And (lastly), early playing time.”