The Florida Gators football program lost slot receiver Tristan Payton last week and now the Gators are looking for someone to replace him.
One prospect that has caught Florida’s attention is North Carolina commit Javarius Davis (5-10, 173, Jacksonville, FL Ed White) who visited Florida for Friday Night Lights and heard from Will Muschamp on Sunday.
“Coach Muschamp offered me a scholarship on Sunday night,” Davis said. “He told me that he loved my game and that if I come in and work hard that I can play as a true freshman on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams.”
Davis plays multiple positions in high school and on both sides of the ball but Muschamp has a plan for him and it’s on the offensive side of the ball for the Gators.
“Coach Muschamp said that I would mainly play the slot position,” Davis said. “I’m very excited about that because I think the spread offense fits me very well as a player.”
This spring and summer Davis has been on the Gainesville campus three times and every time he leaves impressed, he says.
“Florida has a great atmosphere and every time I go they show me a great time,” Davis said. “Florida is a good school and it’s close to home for me.”
Receivers coach Chris Leak and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper have been recruiting Davis hard lately and those are two coaches that Davis has a lot of respect for.
“Coach Leak is a fired up coach and that can get you motivated on the field,” Davis said. “Coach Roper is the same way and you can tell that those are two great coaches at Florida.”
Despite the love for Florida, Davis committed to North Carolina in June and right now he’s standing by his commitment.
“I’m solid to North Carolina but who knows what can happen,” Davis said. “I’m going to pray about it and see where God leads me to. I’ll definitely visit Florida for the first game of the season.”
INSIDER TAKE: If Florida turns up the heat on Davis, then I think they will be tough to turn down for the Jacksonville receiver. Davis is electric with the ball in his hands and runs in the low 4.4’s which could translate into a good player in the spread offense under Kurt Roper.
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