Leak compares Davis to a former Gator Great

Last Wednesday receiver Ryan Davis (5-10, 161, St. Petersburg, FL Lakewood) visited Florida for the first this summer and he was impressed with what he saw.

“The visit went great, I loved it,” Davis said. “Everything stood out to me, just the whole day. The campus, the coaches and the players and just the whole vibe of Gainesville stood out.”

This was also Davis’ first time on campus since the departure of receiver coach Joker Phillips, but Davis fit right in with the Gators coaching staff.

“I love Coach [Chris] Leak. We have a great relationship and it’s getting stronger,” Davis said. “Coach [Will] Muschamp and I have a great relationship already and I’m building a relationship with Coach [Kurt] Roper. Pretty much the whole staff has a relationship with me.”

Davis has been talking to Leak on the phone and during the visit, Leak reiterated his message to Davis about how Florida would use him.

“Coach Leak and Coach Roper both told me that I can play the outside and inside receiver position,” Davis said. “They say that they can use me all over the field and even at the wildcat position. Coach Leak said that they want to try to use me like they did with Percy Harvin when he was playing because I’m a dynamic player.”

After Davis spoke with Leak and Roper he went and met with Coach Muschamp to hear what the head ball coach had to say.

“Coach Muschamp says the same thing to me, basically,” Davis said. “He said that he needs a slot receiver just like me. He said that I’m the missing piece for them on the team.”

The Lakewood prospect doesn’t have a timeline on a decision but does know two visits that he plans on taking this week.

“I’m still pretty open still,” Davis said. “I’m not quite sure yet when I’m going to decide and make a decision. I know I’m going to Florida State and Florida this week.”


INSIDER TAKE: Davis is cousins with Dante Fowler and that’s big for the Gators but Davis also likes Florida State a lot as well. FSU may not take another slot receiver and that would help Florida. Also, with Tristan Payton out of the class, the Gators have an open spot at the slot for a guy like Davis. I don’t think Davis commits this week but his decision could come soon and he’s trending in Florida’s direction.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.