Tight end Jordan Davis (Thomson, Ga./Thomson) committed to the University of Georgia on Sunday after spending Friday with the Bulldogs coaches. Davis made the trip with his mother, the day after the two took a visit to Florida. In the end, it came down to another classic border battle for the talented tight end.
"I just felt like I was at home, so I called John Lilly and Mark Richt and committed to Georgia," Davis said. “I told them I was already a Bulldog at Thomson, but I wanted to stay one in college.”
Davis picked up his scholarship offer from Georgia at the Mark Richt Camp on June 17. Richt told Davis that the staff had wanted to offer earlier but decided to wait until they could do so face to face. Georgia immediately went into his top three schools, alongside Florida and South Carolina. After visiting each, Davis says he is happy to play close to home.
And the visit this weekend apparently made quite an impression.
“It went great,” Davis said. “My mom liked it. I think she liked it better than she liked Florida. She had a blast at Florida but I think she liked Georgia better. The facilities and the dorms are definitely better than they are at Florida.
"After taking the tour and talking to the coaches, I just got that feeling like this was the place for me."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior was one of the standouts at the Mark Richt Camp. He caught multiple passes for touchdowns and could not be thrown off his routes by the overmatched linebackers assigned to cover him.
"I thought early on maybe I should go somewhere else, because I had other offers, but I went to their camp and earned a scholarship, so I feel really good about how it worked out," Davis said. “Coach Lilly was telling me that he never went into a season with only three tight ends. He was preaching to me how I was needed versus other schools that have five.”
With so few tight ends on the roster, Davis got to spend time with all of them.
“I got to talk to all of the tight ends a Georgia,” Davis said. “We get along pretty good. They were telling me I would have a blast there. They said if I committed there I would love it and it would be the best thing that ever happened. I talked to Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome. I watched some film on Jay in the spring game. I sat down and ate with those two. Later I spoke to Ty Smith. He wears No. 80. I was going to ask him about that but then I saw he had a necklace with the No. 80 on it, so I was like, ‘Nevermind.’ ”
The No. 16 tight end in the nation, Davis' commitment will help the Bulldogs address their lack of depth at the position. Georgia only has three scholarship tight ends on the roster, including freshman Ty Smith.
"I think I had a better chance to play with the depth chart at Georgia," Davis said. "I just want to focus on my senior season and I only plan to visit Georgia."
Davis gives the Bulldogs 23 commits for the 2013 class. His former teammate at Thomson, John Atkins, will not be enrolled at Georgia until January, at the earliest, after Atkins failed to qualify academically.