Elite Peach State defender plans USC visit

What Tucker (GA) 4-star safety/linebacker Jonathan Davis lacks in size at 5'7", 186 pounds, he more than makes up for with his combination of blazing speed, hard-hitting style, and natural football instincts. Coach Ron Cooper and the Gamecocks recently jumped into the mix by offering the Peach State standout, and Davis plans to visit USC in the near future. Read inside for all the details.


Davis, who ran a blazing 4.37 second forty yard dash at the Scott Kennedy/CES combine back in January, is up to four scholarship offers now, with the most recent tender being extended by South Carolina.

"South Carolina offered me (two Fridays ago)," said Davis, who also holds offers from Louisville, Central Florida, and UAB. "I love what Coach Spurrier's done for them in his first few years down there. The program wasn't very good before he got there, but he's slowly growing it to where they can win a national championship. I like the progress he's making. They have a good program."

While Scout.com lists Davis as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, the Gamecocks believe his talents would be best suited as an in-the-box strong safety - similar to current USC safety Emanuel Cook.

"They like me as a strong safety that plays near the line of scrimmage. I'm a hard-nosed player that runs to the ball, and I give 110-percent every play. They said I‘d have a chance for early playing time."

Davis, who is being recruited by Coach Ron Cooper for the Gamecocks, doesn't plan to wait long before heading over to Columbia to see first hand what USC has to offer.

"I'm going to visit South Carolina in a couple weeks. I'm just looking to have a good time and see what they have to offer."

The only other visit Davis has taken to date is to Central Florida, and he came away impressed with what he saw from the Golden Knights.

"I liked their facilities. They've just built everything down there so it was very nice. I liked the weather and everything."

The athletic Peach State prospect isn't ready to name any favorites yet, and he's not in any hurry to end the recruiting process.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he noted. "Whatever time I think is best, that's when I'll make a decision. Whenever I feel like it's right for me."

Davis, who rushed for over 1,000 yards on offense and totaled 125 tackles on defense in his junior season, closed by discussing what factors he'll look for when deciding on his college choice.

"The education is the most important thing. I'll also look at (early playing time) and how they treat their players."


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