Florida gains two 2012 commits Saturday night

By Adam Silverstein
February 19, 2011

Just five days after receiving their third commitment for the 2012 recruiting cycle, the Florida Gators nearly doubled their class when running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, GA) and linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, FL) each announced their intention to play in The Swamp on Saturday.

Davis, the brother of former Clemson now-Washington Redskins RB James Davis, is Florida’s second running back commitment for 2012; four-star Matt Jones (Seffner, FL), considered to be the best rusher in the state of Florida, committed on Monday.

“They said that they are only going to take two running backs this year and I’m the other one they wanted, so I went ahead and made my commitment,” he told Rivals. “I know it takes more than one [running back]. I split carries last year. I don’t mind that. Florida recruited me hard and said that I am needed.”

Powell is the Gators’ second defensive commitment for 2012 and the team’s first at linebacker, a much-needed position. “This was the best experience I’ve had in my entire life man,” said Powell, according to Rivals‘ Mark Wheeler. “I went to visit USF the other day, and I felt like I was comfortable and a good fit there, but when I got here today, man, I can’t imagine going anywhere else. When I committed in coach [Will] Muschamp‘s office, it was like a dream.”

Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee also offered Davis, while Powell was picking from South Carolina, South Florida, Iowa State and Purdue early on. Both unrated prospects visited the Univeristy of Florida over the weekend.

The duo join four-stars defensive tackle Omari Phillips (Venice, FL) and wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, FL) as the Gators’ 2012 commitments.


  1. Scooterp says:

    Mike Davis and Matt Jones – I don’t trust players with boring names………… Give me DeRashaun Coleman or Marvelle DaWitty or Jarvis Duecette.

  2. ulysses1221 says:


  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Oh yeah! Muschamp is starting to roll!

  4. DGLgatorfan says:

    I like what I’m seeing from the staff early on with recruiting, with two rbs leaving after next season rainey and demps this is a need position.

  5. Scooterp says:

    Its gonna be awfully crowded in that backfield. Don’t get too excited gator fans – wait till February to celebrate, cuz something tells me alot can change in 11 1/2 months.

    • David says:

      I agree. Have Gillislee, Brown, Blakley in front of these guys.

      • Basshole says:

        Who knows what will happen, but RB is obviously a position where you need some depth. One of these RBs might decommit, but that is common in college recruiting. Davis sounds like he’s fine with competing for his spot and/or splitting carries, who’s to say Jones isn’t either?

  6. Intuition says:

    The Gville Sun is reporting that LB Jeremi Powell committed also

  7. Gatorgrad79 says:

    We got that BOOM, BOOM, BOOM…

  8. Andrew says:

    Even if any of these players change their minds, I still think muschamp will have an excellent class. Throw in a 10 win season (fingers crossed) and we’ll have a top five class for sure.

  9. jay d says:

    I don’t mind boom offering to unranked players once in a while but it seems to me that from reading this article that rivals & scout.com don’t reconize these players….what’s the story on this adam?

    • Both players will have stars next season. They are juniors and have yet to be fully evaluated. Whether those are four, three or two stars is another story.

      • Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

        This is where the recruiting services rely on the programs to help rank and determine which players will even be evaluated for ranking…if you have a kid being recruited or offered by 4 or 5 of the top schools you know good and well that kid should have at least 3 stars and probably 4…hopefully they can lock in a solid class in advance and then really focus on a few big names on each side of the ball….I really liked how Urban had so many recruits enroll early and hopefully Muschamp will do the same

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