Florida Gators: McElwain meets Javarius Davis

The Florida Gators are trying to lock down as much speed as possible in the class of 2015 and last week Florida visited one of the fastest guys in the state.

That prospect is athlete Javarius Davis (5-10, 173, Jacksonville, FL Ed White) who had three Gators coaches visit him last week, including head coach Jim McElwain.

“Coach McElwain, Coach T-Skip [Skipper] and coach Drew Hughes came by last Wednesday to visit me,” Davis said. “It went good, it was my first time meeting coach McElwain. It was nice to see all of them”

McElwain had never met Davis until last week but Davis says the first impression was a good one and he also likes the message he received from McElwain.

“Coach McElwain told me that he wanted me to be a Gator real bad,” Davis said. “He was telling me how I fit into the new Gators offense that he has planned. He said he’s going to bring the Gators back to the top like they use to be.”

A lot of schools have debated on what side of the ball Davis would be better at in college and McElwain sees him on offense while three other schools say defense.

“He said he wants me on offense at receiver,” Davis said. “I don’t really have a preference on which side of the ball. North Carolina, Louisville and Auburn are all recruiting on me defense.”

This was also the first time for Davis to meet running backs coach Tim Skipper and Skipper delivered a powerful message to the athlete.

“Coach Skipper said pretty much the same thing that Coach McElwain did, he just said they need me really,” Davis said. “Coach Skipper said that he has experience in getting people to the next level and that he can help me develop and get me there. He said that Florida is a great school for a student-athlete to be at and that they have the right people there.”

Florida has been hoping to get Davis back on campus for a while now and that could finally happen in the coming days but a decision hasn’t been made yet.

“I might take a visit to Florida this weekend but I’m not sure yet,” Davis said. “I’m going to talk to my mom and I’ll decide on Thursday whether or not I’ll take the visit to Florida or not.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Davis says he will announce his decision on signing day but the Gators have to have him this weekend if they have any chance of landing him. For a long time Davis said he wanted to play offense, so if that’s still true, then the Gators should be in good shape but Davis didn’t want to give any kind of indication to which side he wanted to play.

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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.


  1. Kid needs to get his butt to Hogtown this weekend. We need fast guys that can slip through defenders and knock off 20 yards before the defense even knows what happened. Little fast guys can do that. He can be a hero here. Mr. Davis, we need heroes on this team. Come on over to the good guys and make some memories. Go Gators.