It's Official: Davis is a Gamecock

South Carolina picked up a commitment from arguably the top pure football player in the state of Georgia recently when Tucker (GA) 4-star safety/linebacker Jonathan Davis gave his verbal pledge to Coach Ron Cooper and the Gamecocks. While undersized by normal standards, Davis has uncanny athleticism and heart on the football field, the combination of which makes him a force on the gridiron.

Following a bizarre series of events, which began with reports of Jonathan Davis' commitment last Saturday and was then followed by several adamant denials from Davis and his family, the elite Peach State product has decided to end the suspense and publicly announce his commitment to South Carolina, according to his father Ty Davis.

"Jonathan has committed to South Carolina. I know he's very excited, and my wife and I are also," said Davis' father on Wednesday evening. "His heart is set on South Carolina because Coach (Ron) Cooper has been there for a long time. We love Coach Cooper and the way he came in and represented his staff and South Carolina. It's been a great process dealing with those guys. I personally talked with Coach Spurrier four or five times, and he's made me feel real, real comfortable."

According to Ty Davis, a visit to South Carolina back in October for the Gamecocks' clash against LSU made a big impression on his son.

"We came up for a visit to the LSU game, and it was absolutely wonderful. I think what blew Jonathan's mind was even with him being from Georgia, several of the South Carolina fans knew who he was. That made him feel real, real good. It's a great place."

Davis, who measures in at 5'8" and 195 pounds, does not have traditional size for an SEC linebacker, but he more than makes up for that with his intensity and physical gifts on the field, according to Tucker Head Football Coach Franklin Stevens.

"He's a tremendous player. He's going to play as hard as he can play on every down. He's a kid with a lot of ability, but he's also a kid that a lot of colleges have been uneasy about because of his size. I'm telling you, there's no doubt he's a good football player," said Stevens. "I think he's one of the best players in the state this year. I haven't seen enough film on other top recruits to compare by, but he is a great football player."

Davis helped lead the Tigers to the Georgia 4A State Championship this fall, and Stevens is convinced that his star pupil will carry on the success he enjoyed in high school to the college level.

"I think he'll flourish in college. On defense, he's a physical kid that's going to hit you, but he's also a fast kid that plays fast on the football field. He has great instincts so he plays even faster. You've got a lot of kids who are fast, but it doesn't translate to the football field. In his case, it transfers very well," said Stevens. "Whether he's playing against a top-tier team or a lower-tier team, he's always going to play the same. He only knows one speed."

Davis, who timed in at a blazing 4.37 seconds in the forty yard dash at a combine earlier this year, is also a good leader and a quality young man off the field, according to his coach.

"He's done a good job of turning himself into a leader as far as doing what he's supposed to do and getting others to do what they're supposed to do. He's having a pretty a good year academically. He's a good kid."

Davis is focused on studying for his exams this week, but plans to catch up with him for a full interview on his commitment once his finals are completed.

Davis chose South Carolina over offers from Georgia Tech, Boston College, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Central Florida, and UAB. He becomes USC's 27th commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.

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