Davis Gets the Inside Scoop on Wisconsin

Jacksonville (FL) Edward White athlete Javaris Davis always felt he was close to a Wisconsin offer, having been recruited by the Badgers for well over a year. When the offer finally came Monday night, Davis, a cousin of UW quarterback D.J. Gillins, knew how big of a deal it was.

Wisconsin has put a big emphasis recruiting the state of Florida, grabbing seven natives in the 2014 recruiting class, including three-star quarterback D.J. Gillins. One might say Jacksonville (FL) Edward H. White junior athlete Javaris Davis is one of Gillins' top fans, and that Gillins is the Badgers lead recruiter for Davis, who just picked up a Wisconsin offer Monday.

"My cousin is D.J. and I talk to him like once a week," Davis told BadgerNation. "He told me before that Wisconsin is a great school, the education program is good, the coaches are very loyal and stay true to their word. That does interest me playing at Wisconsin with him."

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Davis has been recruited by Wisconsin and safeties coach Bill Busch since the 5-10, 180-pound prospect was in 10th grade. Wanting to continue to add depth, speed and athleticism to the back end of the defense, Wisconsin has told Davis that he is high on the Badgers' recruiting board.

"(Coach Busch) told me that they loved my film and talk about me almost every day, so I am a big target to them," said Davis. "Then he told me I have an offer from Wisconsin. I was very excited because I know they send a lot of people into the NFL and I heard they got a good education program, which is very important to me."

Although rushing for roughly 900 yards on 70 carries last season, the Badgers have targeted Davis as a cornerback. Davis recorded 26 tackles, 10 pass breakups and three interceptions as a junior defensive back, a position he has grown to accept as his future.

"I like offense, but I kind of figured I would be playing defensive back in college," Davis said. "Coaches have told me that they love the way I come up and hit. I am very versatile and have flexible hips. I also have good hand eye coordination and I got good speed by me running a 4.5 forty time."

Davis holds over 20 offers early in his recruitment and mentioned that Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Georgia and Oregon are close to offering him as well. Still without a top list, he plans on taking his time and getting out to see different campuses, like Wisconsin.

"I am just keeping all my options open," said Davis. "I am supposed to go to Miami on Saturday, but I am not too sure just yet. I could see myself visiting Wisconsin, but I would rather camp there."


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