This past weekend, The Villages (Fla.) outside linebacker Noor Davis made the short journey from his home to Gainesville, Fla. to check out the University of Florida's Orange and Blue Debut.
"It was an awesome experience," Davis said. "I had an opportunity not only to meet with Coach (Will) Muschamp and all the other coaches, but also President Bernie Machen and the Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley. It was an outstanding trip. I learned a lot of new things and had a great experience. Florida will definitely be in my top five and will be high on my list."
Davis shed some light on his conversations with Coach Muschamp and his assistants about his role on their defense if he were to opt to become a member of their team.
"They said I could fit in an impactful way playing SAM linebacker spot," Davis said. "In the 3-4 I am down at the line and in the 4-3 I am back. They feel I can do a lot of things off the edge as a pass rusher but also as a flat coverage guy. I can do a lot of different things that can throw the offense off."
For Davis, college isn't simply about football. He is also very focused on earning a quality education. He feels that the University of Florida would provide such an opportunity.
"Their academics are great at the University of Florida," Davis said. "They are second in the nation among public schools. They have great academic programs and great athletics. They have an awesome business school and communications department."
The relatively reserved Davis couldn't help but gush about the impact that his weekend visit to see the Gators had made on his recruitment.
"They were really impressive," Davis said. "Notre Dame and Florida are the only schools that I have currently announced in my top five. They are two of the five and the other three will be determined later. But Florida is not only an outstanding program, it is an outstanding school, and it is very close to where I live, about an hour and fifteen minute drive. Also, the place where I live is pretty big Gator Country."
Davis said he will be settling down to focus on school, baseball, and spring football. His next planned visits are this summer when he heads west to check out Southern Cal, UCLA, and Stanford.