The next team for 4-star Florida LB Rian Davis wears red and black and just revealed a fully-loaded brand new locker room.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect from Wekiva, Fla., chose on Sunday to reveal he will play for the Bulldogs.
IM 104% COMMITTED GO DAWGS pic.twitter.com/rUiP2j9ogD
— Rian "Trouble" Davis (@Trouble_R4) July 30, 2018
It has been a steady progression for the nation’s No. 5 OLB prospect out of Wekiva High in Central Florida. He has told DawgNation that Georgia has pretty much been his outright leader or co-leader ever since his first unofficial visit to Athens.
It continues a big night for the Bulldogs. 5-star RB John Emery Jr. committed to the Bulldogs first. Then came 4-star ATH Makiya Tongue.
This decision makes the third prospect to commit to UGA in the wake of Georgia’s “The Reveal” big recruiting weekend.
Davis said shortly afterward that his first visit to UGA was one of the coolest things he has done in the last six months of his life. He is now the program’s 16th commitment in the class of 2019.
Georgia now has the nation’s No. 2 class on the 247Sports Team composite rankings. The Bulldogs now only trail Alabama.
Not much has changed since. He’s been back to visit UGA often. Davis has been to UGA more than any other school, including for the just-completed reveal weekend. He also saw both Louisville and Texas earlier this year on official visits.
Inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann deserves a big back slap for this decision. He has continued to impress upon Davis that he can play both ILB and OLB for the Bulldogs.
The nation’s No. 68 overall prospect (also per the 247Sports composite standard) has a skill set that will mirror what the Bulldogs signed in the last cycle with Georgia native Quay Walker.
His Hudl highlight page lists a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash. He even plays that fast at that size.
The stat sheet from last fall credits Davis with 94 tackles, 15 stops for losses, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.
What the Rian Davis commitment now means for Georgia
Davis carries the nickname “Trouble” and the above highlight reel certainly reflects that. He will play his senior year of high school ball back in Florida after spending the previous two seasons out in Texas.
His uncle, John Henry Mills, played college football at Wake Forest and then reached the NFL. He played seven seasons of pro football and even made the Pro Bowl as a special teams captain in 1996.
Georgia special teams coach Scott Fountain also serves as his area recruiter. He also deserves a tip of the cap in the quest to add another impact every-down defender to the program.
The decision also fulfills an estimated timeline for Davis. The goal for him was to make his public college commitment prior to his senior year of high school football.
He will not plan to enroll early. Davis classifies himself as an “A-B” student and said he has already qualified to accept a college scholarship to play football.
The Wekiva standout should be seen as an ascending prospect. He made a huge jump earlier this year from a top 150 rating to where he stands now as one of the nation’s top 75 prospects for this cycle.
Look for the Bulldogs to move him all over the defense once he earns his way into a crowded depth chart. He tells DawgNation that Schumann plans to deploy him inside on first and second down and then flex him outside in nickel packages for third down.
“I feel like Coach Schumann is a great dude and a great guy,” Davis said. “I feel like he can develop me as well as any inside linebackers coach in the nation. He’s maybe the best at that in the nation. When I sit down and talk to him about how he can develop me, it sounds really good. He definitely knows what he is talking about.”
He hopes to wear No. 4 for the Bulldogs when he arrives on campus.