The Florida Gators signed two running backs in the class of 2015 and already have two running back commits for the Class of 2016; so now they have turned their attention to recruiting running backs for the Class of 2017.
Last Friday night the Gators hosted 2017 running back A.J. Davis (6-0, 179, Lakeland, FL High) on an unofficial visit for Friday Night Lights.
“It was good, I wanted to get better as a player during the event,” Davis said. “I also wanted to get a chance to meet the coaches more and get to know them better.”
Davis has been to several different colleges this spring and summer but he says that he likes the feel around the Florida Gators program.
“I like it up here, they’re a good team and program,” he said. “I see myself up here but right now I’m just waiting until September 1st when they can call me and communicate with me more.”
Defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan has taken the lead in Davis’s recruitment and the two seem to have hit it off in the early going.
“I talk to Coach Callahan the most,” Davis said. “I like him, he’s a good person and a good coach. He’s a young guy.”
Like most prospects on the Gators’ recruiting board they talk to several different coaches and the same can be said for Davis.
“I like Coach [Tim Skipper] Skip too,” he said. “He’s a good running backs coach and he’s a cool guy. I like him.”
Despite visiting Florida multiple times this spring and summer, the 2017 running back doesn’t want to name any leaders at this time.
“Nobody is standing out right now,” Davis said when asked if he had a leader. “I want to do that during my senior year. I want to visit Florida, Miami, Clemson and probably Auburn this fall.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Davis is one of the top running backs in the Class of 2017 and early on it seems to be a two-team race between Florida and Clemson. Davis and 2017 receiver James Robinson will likely attend the same school, so it will be big for Florida to get one of them in the class so they can help recruit the other one.