Davis high on 'Wide Receiver U'

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Scout four-star wide receiver Ryan Davis has one word to describe what his recent Tennessee offer means to him.

"It's huge, man. Just huge," Davis told InsideTennessee. "Like, really huge."

But the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder standout uses several different words and has many different reasons to back why he calls the Vols "a serious contender" to land his talents.

"That's one of those big time places," Davis said. "It always has been. That's the top right there. I know they have an awesome fan base. I mean, when I got the offer Vol Nation showed me so much love, man. My twitter blew up from those guys. That was awesome."

Davis may play his high football more than nine hours away from Knoxville in St. Petersburg, Fla., but he is still well-versed in Tennessee's traditions.

"It's a place that has great tradition. You know, they got Peyton Manning and all those other guys," Davis told IT. "They beat Florida State in the national championship, I know that. I know they have a great tradition and they get a lot of talent through there. You know, guys like Cordarrelle Patterson and those guys."

Davis, who says he plans to visit Tennessee "soon," calls the Vols' ability to produce talent at the wide receiver position his favorite part about the orange and white.

"That's Wide Receiver U, man. I mean, look, the last two receivers they had ended up in the league — Hunter and Patterson. I feel like I can be that guy," Davis said. "You know, it's a place that gets talent at the receiver position. I like that a lot. That's big. As a receiver, that's the place right there. They produce and get you in the league."

Davis said he hears most from Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie, calling their still-growing relationship "really strong."

"We have a good relationship. We've been talking a lot more lately. He's a real good guy. We have a strong relationship that's only going to get stronger," Davis said. "(Gillespie) told me they love me and my film. He thinks I can do big things. He said I can come in and see time in the slot right away. He said he knows I can help them out."

But Davis said he isn't focused on finding a program that offers him early playing time. Rather, he's looking for a school with good academics and finding a coaching staff in which he feels comfortable.

"Early playing time, that doesn't worry me. The coaches can't do anything about that. That's all on you. You know? It's all about what you do and how you compete," Davis said. "If you work yard and beat the guy out in front of you, then you have nothing to worry about. Competition doesn't bother me."

Other than Tennessee, Davis plans to visit Ole Miss and Miami.

Davis still claims to be "wide open" and says he'll release a top 10 after the spring.


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