Yes means no. No means yes.
Verbal commitments and college football recruiting are a strange pair.
Kyle Davis declared his intentions in July 2014 to play for South Carolina. The Scout No. 106-ranked player in the 2016 class has immense talent and the Gamecocks’ opposition isn’t taking “no” for an answer, including Tennessee.
“They’ve been hitting me pretty hard, but so has everybody else,” Davis said of the Volunteers. “It’s kind of hard to say who’s going harder.”
The Scout four-star prospect speaks quite often with Tennessee passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni. Head coach Butch Jones, linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen and area recruiter Willie Martinez all keep in touch but it’s on Azzanni to reel Davis in.
“We talk pretty much every other day,” Davis said. “We’re pretty close. Me and coach Jones are pretty close as well…coach Thig.”
The No. 3-ranked athlete in the Peach State’s 2016 class is a wide receiver in the eyes of the Tennessee coaching staff, which is perfectly OK with the playmaker.
“They’ve made it pretty clear they want me to be a wide receiver,” Davis said. “That’s my position.”
Numbers will be an issue for Tennessee in 2016 if talented signees don’t join the Team 120 roster.
“(Azzanni) hasn’t really told me when I would start,” the Scout 300 member said. “He just said come in here, bust your tail and see how things go.”
Davis was in attendance Saturday to see Tennessee’s final spring workout, the Orange & White game.
“It was really exciting; I liked it,” said Davis, who also logged one-on-one time with Jones. “I’ve been to other spring games and the attendance hasn’t been anything like that.
“There was so much energy, and I love it. I’m a high-energy guy. I just love it. I can’t sit still, so I love it.”
It was the second trip from Lawrenceville to Knoxville in as many months for the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder.
“I’m glad I got to see everything in action,” Davis said. “I came up here when no one was really up here. It was just a junior day type. But when I actually got to see the action, it was pretty nice.
“(The Anderson Training Center) just blows you away. I was looking forward to coming here just because of that. That was one of the main reasons.”
|Tennessee passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni|
With quarterbacks Joshua Dobbs, Quinten Dormady and Jauan Jennings running the show at quarterback, Davis got a first-hand look at first-year Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord’s attack while in Knoxville over the weekend.
“I’m familiar to it. I love spread offense. I’m a wide receiver,” Davis said.
Auburn and Georgia accompany Tennessee as two the of top schools Davis continues to hear from the most in their attempts to knock the Gamecocks off their perch. However, that doesn’t mean he gives any program a leg up: “I’m looking at everybody equal.”
Don’t expect things to cool down involving the pursuit of the four-star.
“I’m going to go everywhere that I can. I’m trying to enjoy the process. You only get it one time. I’m taking all five officials,” said Davis, who has no officials planned.
“What my decision is going to be based off of is what’s going to accommodate me the best. Ultimate goal is to try to graduate. If God blessed me, I’ll go to The League.”
In the 2014 GHSA Class AAAAAA state playoffs, in the four games leading up to the championship, Davis caught 14 passes for 267 yards with three touchdowns (17, 26, 70). Archer fell in the final to Colquitt County 28-24. Davis caught six passes for 45 yards.
Davis plans to take classes this summer and plans to enroll in college in January.