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Two trips this week for Rivals100 RB Davis

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Rivals100 running back Mike Davis will visit the two schools that arguably are the biggest rivals of the program he once was committed to this week.
On Thursday, the former Florida pledge, a senior at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson, will unofficial to Georgia. The following day, he will official to Florida State. According to Davis, he has an open mind going into those visits.
"I don't have any leaders," Davis told Rivals.com on Wednesday night.
It has been a whirlwind week-and-a-half for Davis since he de-committed from the Gators on Dec. 4, citing differences with the coaching staff. Clemson, where his older brother once played, offered him a scholarship a few days later. So did Georgia and Oklahoma. Additionally, schools that had previously recruited him before he picked Florida earlier in the year, re-emerged.
"I talked to [Georgia] Coach [Mark] Richt … he's the one who offered me over the phone," Davis said. "It went well. He was telling me they want me and that they'd love to have me at running back."
Davis will arrive in Athens on Thursday morning.
"I've been there once before, for a Nike Camp," Davis said. "I was MVP for the running backs. That's the only time. I'm going to watch their practice. After that, I'm going to talk to the coaches. [Running backs coach] Bryan McClendon is telling me they need running backs. They don't know what their running back situation is going to look like."
Georgia recently landed a commitment from four-star running back Keith Marshall from North Carolina. Asked if he would consider signing with a team that also got Marshall, Davis replied, "Sure, I wouldn't mind."
After returning from his Georgia visit, Davis will leave for Tallahassee, a place he has not been before. According to Davis, the Seminoles never stopped recruiting him, even after he pledged to Florida in the spring.
"[Florida State recruiting coordinator] Dameyune Craig is a cool guy," Davis said. "He's up front with me. He tells me everything. They're after me pretty hard. He's telling me they could use me with my size and speed. He told me I'm a perfect fit, so I want to take a visit. They've been there from the beginning."
What is his primary objective this weekend?
"To see their depth chart at running back and to see what my major, which is broadcasting, is like," Davis said. "I want to talk to the coaches and see where their heads are at. I don't know much about their depth chart. That's why I'm going down there."
Davis also has officials planned for South Carolina (Jan. 13) and Clemson (Jan. 20). He previously officialed to Tennessee. Davis said Miami is recruiting him the hardest and he might consider also visiting the Hurricanes. One of his teammates, linebacker Raphael Kirby, is a Miami commit.
As for the Gators, that relationship appears all but over … at least for now. Davis said he has not communicated with any member of the Florida staff since he de-committed.
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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