The state of Florida is a hallowed recruiting hotbed and one product is sticking around for his collegiate chapter, but it won’t be in his hometown. 2017 cornerback Shawn Davis out of Miami narrowed his decision to the Hurricanes and the Florida Gators, and today, made the decision to commit to Florida, not Miami.
“Growing up Florida was always my favorite school,” Davis told SEC Country. “A degree from UF holds more weight than other schools. I’m not too far from home, and they have a tradition of DB’s going to the NFL.”
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Davis also held offers from Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee.
As SEC Country notes, Gators linebackers coach Randy Shannon and secondary coach Torrian Gray primarily recruited Davis, and on-campus recruiting director John Herron used to coach at his high school. Davis visited Florida in March, April, June and July with his Southridge teammate and Gators tight end commit, Kemore Gamble.
Florida’s produced some great talent in the secondary but even the cornerback knows he’ll have to work for playing time.
“They didn’t promise me anything but an opportunity,” Davis said. “It’s up to me to determine how much I play, but they are looking for DB’s. I think they can develop me into an NFL player.”
The Gators and head coach Jim McElwain have rounded up 16 commits thus far in the 2017 recruiting cycle. 4-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard also committed Friday.
The Gators open up the 2016 schedule on September 3 in the swamp as they’ll greet the UMass Minutemen.