Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes athlete Marcus Davis took an unofficial visit south over the weekend. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder made a trek to Gainesville to check out the Florida Gators.
"The visit was nice," he said. "I liked the game atmosphere and got to meet a lot of people and all the coaches.
"I got there Friday night and on Saturday I trotted up to the stadium early to get good parking. I then walked on the field and watched the players. After that, I took the Gator walk and then watched the game. Afterwards, I went into the locker room and talked with a couple of coaches that showed me around the school a bit more."
What were Davis's impressions of Florida?
"Just being there really impressed me," he said. "I got to meet the coaches including coach Gonzales, Meyer and their offensive coordinator. It was the first chance for me to meet them in person and it was a lot different. They were amazing. Coach Meyer is a great coach. I could tell by the way he ran stuff.
"As for the game, it was one-sided and it was fun watching them play in real life. I got to see how fast the game really was and the atmosphere there was real crazy. There was a lot of blue and orange. That town is all about the Gators, it was pretty neat."
Did Davis land a scholarship?
"I didn't get an offer," he said. "They first asked me if they thought it would be too far and I told them I didn't mind. Then the coaches said if I show them what I they think I can do this season then I'll get an offer. That really makes me want to go out and get better to get that offer.
"If they were to offer me soon, I'd probably accept pretty quickly. This really changes a lot for me. They throw the ball a lot and that makes me feel better since I'm a wide receiver. Overall though it's still hard to say they lead since I don't have an offer yet, but they would be my favorite if they do."
Previously the No. 27 athlete in the country was favoring the Hokies. Where do they stand?
"They are still up there and nothing has changed as of now, but who knows it might," he said. "At this time, I'm only thinking about taking one official that I know of to Florida. I probably will schedule one to Virginia Tech too and then I am looking at Penn State and Tennessee as well."
On the football field, Davis has led his team to a 2-0 start as they face off against E.J. Manuel and Bayside this Friday.
"If we go in and do what we want to do and the defense steps up it'll be a good game," he said. "Last week we played Cox and I had another good game. I passed for 154-yards and rushed for 111-yards.
"Making the switch to quarterback was pretty easy. I got plenty of time to prepare for the season and I'm working with what I've got. I'm taking it one game at a time. I think I've seen an improvement this year with my speed and power."