4-star headhunter set to visit USC

Tucker (GA) 4-star safety/linebacker Jonathan Davis may only measure in at a compact 5'7", 190 pounds, but don't let his size fool you. Many coaches and analysts that have seen him play believe he's the best pure football player in the state of Georgia this year. Read inside as the hard-hitting gridiron star discusses the latest in his recruitment and talks about his upcoming visit to S. Carolina.


Jonathan Davis, who ran a blazing 4.37 second forty yard dash at the Atlanta Kennedy/CES combine back in January, has steadily seen his recruiting stock rise in recent months. The versatile and athletic Peach State prospect now holds offers from South Carolina, Louisville, Penn State, Central Florida, and UAB among others. However, according to Davis, two programs are pursuing him the hardest at this point.

"Everything's been going great in recruiting. I'm taking it one day at a time," said Davis. "South Carolina and Central Florida are recruiting me the hardest. I'm supposed to be going to South Carolina this weekend."

This weekend will be Davis' first trip to USC, and he's looking forward to learning more about what the Gamecocks have to offer, specifically from an academic standpoint.

"This will be my first time to visit South Carolina. I'm just looking forward to seeing what they have to offer there education-wise."

Davis already holds a high opinion of the South Carolina program and believes that Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks ready to become a contender.

"I just like the way that Steve Spurrier has the program going, the direction they're going. I think they can contend for a national championship in the upcoming season."

Coach Ron Cooper is recruiting the Tucker, Georgia native for the Gamecocks, and he talks frequently with Davis and his father. While the 4-star prospect is also capable of playing linebacker and running back on the college level, South Carolina likes his talents in the defensive backfield.

"They like me at strong safety," said Davis.

South Carolina has had a history of success with smaller, physical safeties that run well to the ball and punish opposing players who choose to cross them. Rashad Faison, a 5'9", 190 pound safety, played for the Gamecocks from 1999 to 2002 and garnered multiple honors for his play on the field, including All-SEC status following the 2001 season. Current USC strong safety Emanuel Cook, a 5'10", 214 pound headhunter, fits in the same mold, and earned All-SEC honors for his play as a sophomore last season.

Davis has openly favored the Gamecocks for several weeks now, and when asked if there's a possibility he could commit to USC on his visit this weekend, he said that's a decision he'll have to talk with his family about.

"Me and my father have to sit down and talk about that," he said. "I've got to do whatever is best for me and my family."

Davis, who rushed for over 1,000 yards on offense and totaled 125 tackles on defense last season, described what type player he is on the gridiron.

"On offense, I'm a downhill runner. I love contact. On defense, I'm a sideline-to-sideline player."

The bruising prospect closed by discussing which football players he models his game after on the field.

"On offense, I like Maurice Jones-Drew because he's a small back and compact. People used to tell him he's too small. On defense, I like Bob Sanders."

Davis, who ran an amazing 3.90 second shuttle time at the Atlanta Kennedy/CES combine - the best shuttle time at any Scout.com combine in the country this year - was an All-State selection as a junior, and he was recently named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Super 11."


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