Jordan Davis committed to Georgia on Thursday.
It wasn’t out of the blue. Well, maybe it might be fitting to say that it will no longer be Carolina blue for him.
Davis chose the Bulldogs over solid interest in both North Carolina and North Carolina State.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound prospect from Mallard Creek High (Charlotte, N.C.) had a good unofficial visit to Athens for the South Carolina game. He ranks as the nation’s No. 27 defensive tackle and as the No. 312 overall prospect for 2018.
He shared his decision via a tweet. He thanked UGA line coach Tray Scott for believing in him enough to extend his first scholarship offer.
Davis said that took place before he had played his first down of high school football.
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Davis isn’t one of those types who will seek the spotlight. He has done only limited interviews of late. Why? Well, that’s because he doesn’t want to take the focus away from his high school season. Mallard Creek (11-0) is on a state title run this fall.
There were reports he hoped to make his commitment prior to the playoffs, and the timing of this announcement appears to still qualify. Mallard Creek had a bye in the first week of the playoffs.
“I know it is a bye week, but my mind is kind of with my team and Mallard Creek,” Davis said last week.
This choice has seemed imminent for a few weeks. Davis has been wearing UGA gear at school often of late.
“Great kid on and off the field,” Mallard Creek assistant and strength coach Don Littlejohn said. “Great in the weight room with me, no matter how hard I push him. He’s always a ‘Yes, sir’ and a ‘No, sir’ kid.”
Littlejohn described Davis last week as a young man who “definitely loves Georgia.”
“A monster defensive lineman who forces QBs to make big mistakes,” Littlejohn said.
Davis becomes the 18th commitment for the Bulldogs in the Class of 2018. He is the third defensive tackle prospect in this class. Former signee Devonte Wyatt will join the team in January from the junior college ranks.
Georgia also has a commitment from 3-star Tramel Walthour from Liberty County.
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Davis has lined up mostly in a “3” technique for Mallard Creek.
“He’s extremely athletic for his size,” Littlejohn said. “He can move in the open field.”
Davis is not a candidate to graduate early. His focus last week was clearly on his high school team. That was even with a commitment to UGA looming on his personal horizon.
“Yep, that’s him,” Littlejohn said. “All about MC. He’ll be the same way with [Georgia].”
He hoped to be at the Georgia game this week, but his commitment to his team will likely preclude that.
“Most likely,” he said. “We will have lift and film on Saturday after our games. We get out at 12:30 p.m. so I cannot make the game if film lasts that long.”
He also had offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Ole Miss. Scott served as the defensive line coach at both North Carolina and Ole Miss before taking the same post at UGA prior to this season.