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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot: Reggie Davis

By Radi Nabulsi

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Wide receiver Reggie Davis, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln | 6-foot, 162 pounds

Committed: June 3, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 82; Four-star prospect

ESPN.com rankings: No. 293 in the ESPN 300, No. 45 wide receiver, No. 137 in Southeast region, No. 52 in Florida

Picked Georgia over: Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida, Miami and others

State of the position: The Bulldogs lost two of their top receivers in Tavarres King and Marlon Brown to graduation. The returning wideouts are quite talented, though. Malcolm Mitchell led all receivers in catches during the regular season and could again next season as he won’t be splitting time playing on the defense. Michael Bennett is expected to return after an ACL injury and Chris Conley came on strong at the end of this past season. Rantavious Wooten will be the only senior, coming off his most productive season so far. Look for track star Justin Scott-Wesley to get more than three receptions in the 2013 season and for Blake Tibbs to make his debut after a redshirt season.

Pros: “He is very crisp in everything he does. He has good length to get his hands on defenders as a blocker. He has good long-range speed and could be an immediate help as a kick returner. Better kick returner than pure receiver at this point. He does a nice job of taking the ball north/south. Davis is a vertical guy who can be one-dimensional as an outside wide receiver. He is comfortable returning kicks and takes the kick right up the middle of the coverage team at full speed. He is better as a kick returner with everything in front of him and the chance to make one cut and go.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “Davis is a straight-line player who, once at full speed, can be challenging, but he is also a raw player who is somewhat limited due to tension in the hips and his high-cut frame. He needs to add mass and leg strength, but has the frame to do it. He does not have an initial burst and takes several steps to get going and climbs the ladder to full speed. He is limited in the hips and lacks sudden jump cut ability in space. He needs to be in full stride to stick and go. His top-end speed can be very good, but there is not a noticeable second gear. He runs high and does not put his shoulder down to gain the extra yard.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: We’ll stick with potential role here. Davis could be the slot receiver who turns those quick passes into first downs with his north-south approach to the game. Our scouts like his kick-return abilities as well.

Expected impact: 2015. Davis is a burner, but Georgia has that in Scott-Wesley and Wooten. But with his strong skill set as a returner and the fact that the Bulldogs return game is almost non-existent, we might be way off with our prediction as Davis could be a huge boost on special teams.