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Rian Davis can dance. He hates spiders, feels he is “lethal” on a couple of popular video games and just got back from another “great” unofficial visit at UGA.
He will even carry the nickname “Trouble” with him on to the field this fall for Wekiva High in Central Florida.
“That’s because when I step on the field it is going to be trouble for the other team,” Davis said. The 6-foot-2½, 233-pound prospect is known for his versatility.
He said that UGA inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann sees in him an athlete who can eventually cross-train to play anywhere at linebacker along the UGA scheme.
“I am all about reading my keys on the field and playing with a high motor,” Davis said.
That seems like the sort of things that DawgNation needs to read about that will go beyond the fact that he’s the nation’s No. 11 OLB prospect and No. 172 overall on the 247Sports composite standard.
Why? That’s because Davis already feels that UGA is his leader.
“The school that is out in front right now is Georgia,” Davis said.
They were his leader “about two or three weeks” prior to that official scavenger hunt visit last weekend.
“I already felt good about UGA after the first time I went up there,” Davis said. “I had gotten to talk to Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach Schumann and Coach [Dan] Lanning a little bit. Now that I made it up there again, it just keeps getting better and better. My relationship just keeps growing with them.”
How strong is that pull to UGA right now? Well, he did mention something specifically when asked what was the coolest thing he’s done in the last six months of his life.
“That was my [recent] college visit when I went up to Georgia,” Davis said.
He likes that dark corner of the UGA locker room with the massage chairs a lot, but that scavenger hunt stuff works, too.
“That was so much fun,” he said. “I had a lot of fun doing that.”
A little more intel on Rian Davis
He will line up inside for his varsity squad this fall. At least for the first two downs. Davis should then flex outside to rush the passer on third downs.
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.
Davis started for Wekiva as a freshman and then transferred to Texas to be with his uncle and played two seasons there. He will return to Wekiva for his senior year.
He has visited UGA twice. The first trip was for a junior day event earlier this year. That’s more than any other school.
“Coach Smart and Coach Schumann and Coach (Scott) Fountain both feel like there’s not one position at linebacker that I cannot play,” Davis said.
Fountain, the special teams coach, is his area recruiter. Those two talk weekly.
He said that the relationships he has built at this time allow the Bulldogs to hold the spot as his top school.
“Just the talks that I have had with Coach Schumann and the types of schemes that they run,” Davis said. “It seems like ‘Coach Schu’ really gets his players ready for the NFL. They run NFL-type schemes at Georgia, so when they go to the NFL they already know the right techniques and the right way to play the positions and all of that.”
He said he has very few questions about a potential career in Athens.
“I don’t think there is anything left for me with that,” Davis said. “It is more about what I see now from these other schools when I got to visit.”
Davis acknowledged the fact that UGA has set a very high bar for his process. It will be up to those other schools to try to top how he feels about the Bulldogs.
What does the recruiting timeline look like for Rian Davis?
Davis won’t take a long time with his decision. He hopes to have his mind set before his senior season.
“Either late July or early August,” Davis said. “Just sometime before my senior season.”
He does not plan to enroll early. He classifies himself as an “A-B” student and said he has already qualified to accept a college scholarship to play football.
Which schools are really in it for Davis? Those would be Tennessee, Louisville, Alabama and Georgia.
Davis said that UGA “probably” recruits him harder right now than any other school. That is out of what he estimated to be 40 college scholarship offers.
His family made the most recent trip with him last weekend to Athens. He said his mother likes UGA “a lot” at this time.
“She said after that visit that she really liked the campus up there, too,” he said.
There is already an official visit planned to check out Louisville. He will take four official visits before the season starts.
Tennessee will also get an official visit.
“There is a 100 percent chance that I will take an official to Georgia,” Davis said.
The ‘Trouble’ skinny on the recent UGA scavenger hunt
Davis shares his own review of the recent UGA unofficial weekend that featured the scavenger hunt from last weekend. His team, which included 5-star ILB prospect Nakobe Dean, actually came in second place among all contestants.
— Byron Dean (@ByronDean12) May 19, 2018
See that selfie? That was one of the things on the hunt. That’s Davis holding the phone and pressing that button.
“It was like a combination of going out on campus and seeing places I had never seen before,” he said. “Meeting some different people. It was kind of like some exercise, too. Running across campus and stuff like that.”
He said that he worked up a pretty good sweat.
“You would have to go to a place,” Davis said. “Pick up a clue. One of those was you had to run two laps around the gym and get a letter thing. Another one was you had to make a layup, a free throw and a 3-pointer.”
He said it took about two hours. There was one segment where they had to go into a UGA museum and find the three golf visor types that Smart has worn on the sideline during games at UGA.
“There were like three decoys and three real ones,” Davis said.
Davis also relayed that the hunt also included trivia questions like: Where was the first football game that UGA played?
When they finished a task, another letter had a piece of their poster puzzle. An example of that poster can be found in the following Instagram post from 5-star commit Nolan Smith.
“My favorite part was jumping into the foam pit,” Davis said.
He said that he and Dean did a front flip into that foam pit. That’s the one used by the UGA gymnastics team.
Finding Kirby Smart was another part of that scavenger hunt. Participants had to track him down.
“He was on a walkie-talkie traveling around on campus,” Davis said. “He would say such-and-such and then if you were close by, then you could go there and take a selfie with him.”
Dean and Davis also worked together during a three-legged race portion of that scavenger hunt.
Big visitor coming into town this week
Josh Belk, a 6-3 defensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2018, signed with Clemson and enrolled early. But he recently was granted his release by the Tigers.
The narrative that came out of that was the Belk wanted to move closer to home to be closer to his family. There has been the impression that health problems within his immediate family are a current hardship.
Belk rated as the nation’s No. 7 defensive tackle prospect for 2018. According to a tweet that quoted that attorney who released his statement upon the news of that release from the Tigers, Belk will also be on an unofficial visit to UGA this week.
BREAKING NEWS: Lewisville graduate Josh Belk, who received an unconditional release from his Clemson football scholarship last week will visit the University of Georgia on Thursday, per his attorney Everett Stubbs.
— News & Reporter (@CNR_Sports) May 22, 2018
ALSO BREAKING NEWS: Josh Belk will visit the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday. Will head to Athens on Thursday for a visit.
— News & Reporter (@CNR_Sports) May 22, 2018
What did Belk do on the field in his final varsity season? Check out his clips below.
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