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UNC RB Target Malik Davis Breaks Rushing Record

Recruiting will wait until after the season, but Miami and UNC are guaranteed official visits.

Malik Davis is now Hillsborough County's all-time leading rusher, breaking the record held by current Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud.

"It felt great," Davis said. "It's a goal that I definitely wanted to accomplish. My team, my offensive line, and I were pumped up about it since the season started."

Davis, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, broke the record on a 30-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter of Friday night's game.

With at least three games remaining in his senior season (two regular season games, plus a playoff contest), Davis has rushed for 5,784 yards and 71 touchdowns in his career. The 71 TDs are also a Hillsborough County record.

Seven games into this season, Davis has rushed for 1,227 yards and 21 touchdowns on 116 carries for a 10.6-yard average.

As each game passed, the local media updated Davis's progress towards the record. Davis, though, says it rarely crossed his mind.

"I honestly didn't think about it a lot," Davis said. "My team and my coaches probably thought about it more than me. My offensive line was more excited to beat the record than I was. They motivated me, because really it's a team record. It's not just my record -- it's their record, too."

Davis's thoughts went beyond an individual record. From the season's opening kickoff, Davis's focus has been on winning a state championship. At 7-0, Jesuit is well on its way to accomplishing that feat.

"Our team, we have a sensational bond," Davis said. "We've been working hard all season and all year. I feel like this is the best team that I've been a part of since I've been playing football. I think we have a great chance to take it all the way."

With a state championship ring on his mind, Davis has placed recruiting on the back burner. Thus, all of his official visits, which will have a major say in determining his college destination, will take place after the season. 

When it comes time for official visits, co-leaders Miami and North Carolina are the only definite stops.

"Miami was my first big-time offer -- they were like my seventh offer [overall]," Davis said. "That means something. They saw something in me before a lot of other teams.

"But North Carolina, they came along shortly after. Ever since they offered me, they've been recruiting me the hardest, I'd say, out of any school -- them and USF, probably. Ever since they offered me, I've talked with the coaches almost every single day. We have a good relationship."

Specifically, Davis speaks with Larry Fedora, running back coach Larry Porter, and area recruiter Chad Scott.

"They just let me know how much they want me and how they could use me in their offense," Davis said.

Coincidentally, Miami and UNC played on Saturday with the Tar Heels coming out victors, 20-13, in Davis's home state. Davis made sure to catch the game on television.

"Honestly, it was like I was cheering for both teams," Davis said with a chuckle. "It was fun to watch. I saw a lot of stuff that I liked in both teams. I could be used in both offenses."

Also under consideration for official visits are Illinois, Louisville, and South Florida.

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