Davis, one of the dozen or so top targets on Tennessee’s recruitment board on hand Saturday for the invite-only affair, said he enjoyed the intimate atmosphere that allowed him to speak one-on-one with his potential new coaches.
“It was good," Davis said. "It was great to get acquainted with some of the coaches instead of having everybody else here. It was good one-on-one time."
The Scout four-star wide receiver, who originally committed to South Carolina before opening his recruitment back up in May, has taken on a flurry of offers, including Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn and the Vols.
The constant contact between so many college coaches can be a taxing practice, and Davis at one time partially shut down his recruitment process to take a breath and pause the mayhem.
“When I shut it down, I shut it down because I was tired of everything,” he said. “I was overwhelmed, but I opened it back up. I’m just taking it slow. I pick and choose who I want to talk to.”
The No. 1-ranked wide receiver in Georgia has established a strong relationship with wide outs coach Zach Azzanni and was blown away by both the atmosphere surrounding Orange Carpet Day and the elite talent on hand to experience it with him.
“Just the environment,” he said about what stood out to him. “It’s just the company and the social aspect of it. It was great.”
Davis was able to log some one-on-one time with Tennessee commit and Scout four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. The two talked a little football and music as the Scout 300 player continues to build a relationship with his fellow Scout 300 counterpart.
“Actually, we talk more about music and how we’re doing [than football]. We got to know each other a little better,” Davis said. “I’m just looking for stability in a quarterback. It’s very important. It’s very important that you have somebody throwing to you. It’s also important that you like the person throwing to you and who you’re throwing to you.”
After his exclusive time with the coaching staff, Davis said head coach Butch Jones and the rest of Tennessee’s staff sticks out to him.
“They stand out a lot,” Davis said. “They’re very energetic and I like that. It fits my personality as well.”
Davis plans to take a trip to South Carolina before the summer ends but has no other visits scheduled. The No. 33 overall recruit in the 2016 class said he would like to take all five of his official visits this fall as he plans on graduating from Archer (Ga.) High School early.
The rising senior, who visited Auburn Thursday, recorded 67 catches for 1,183 yards and nine touchdowns his junior season.
Kyle Davis at The Opening