Paul Davis, a 3-Star WR from Hartwell, Georgia, was kind enough to join Cory Lemer of Mike Farrell Sportsto discuss his recruitment and de-commitment from Duke. During the interview, Davis discusses how the recruitment process has been so far, why he chose to de-commit from Duke and his hopes for his senior season.
The East Georgia native from Hart County High School ranks as the 59th best player in Georgia and 84th ranked WR according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He is also the 636th- ranked player nationally. So far, he has received six offers throughout his High School career. Despite not offering Davis, schools like Alabama, Louisville, Georgia Tech, NCST, Florida, and Georgia have all showed interest in the Hart County prospect, suggesting he may be underrated.
Many evaluators believe that Paul Davis is the next underrated prospect out of Georgia. The Hartwell native never had a favorite college team growing up, hoping he would not be heartbroken if they did not offer him. Davis fell in love with football after watching his older brother play.
“I want to be like him.”
Davis grew up with a football in hand, and since he saw his brother play, he always had hoped to be like him and to wear the jersey he wore, which is something that has remained true today.
Paul committed to Duke just three days after a visit in January. Davis loves everything about the school and, despite de-committing, Paul still feels he could end up in a Blue Devils uniform.
“I want to see all the options out there.”
Paul chooses to take some time away from his recruitment to decide the school that fits best. Davis has completed all the necessary High School credits to graduate, allowing him to focus on football and take visits. He also told me he has plans to enroll early with hopes of learning his future college playbook to get ahead of most people.
Starkville is one of the few places Davis has visited so far. The air raid offensive scheme seems to draw lots of interest from receivers since the ball gets thrown more than most teams which is a Wide Receivers dream. Paul was offered by the Bulldogs on March 2nd and visited the school just a few days later.
He described Mississippi State as “One of the Schools on the top of the board that I am leaning towards.”
After his visit, it became clear that Paul is very high on the Bulldogs and had the idea to announce his commitment on the 3rd or the 5th; if this had happened, I would not be surprised to see him choose Mississippi State as his college choice.
Hugh Freeze has brought Liberty into the spotlight for many southern prospects. Paul has not visited the flames and does not have any plans to do so as of now.
“I think they have a wonderful program.”
Despite not having the best connection with Paul, it is clear that Liberty landing numerous 3-Stars in the 2023 class is helping them as now we see higher-ranked prospects consider the program.
Georgia Tech is high on his list despite the Yellow Jackets having yet to offer the in-state prospect. Paul lives about 2 hours away from campus, making it an easy drive for family and friends to watch him play in the future.
“Being able to play in the hometown and not having my parents stay in a hotel when they visit."
It's clear Paul loves the coaching staff and the program at Georgia Tech, but he is worried about the city of Atlanta, suggesting Georgia Tech may not be his final destination.
Since he arrived at the beginning of last year, Coach Deion Sanders has landed some huge names, including; WR/DB Travis Hunter and WR Kevin Coleman.
"Everything was just cool."
Paul praises Coach Sanders and loves how he leads his team; he has not yet visited the tigers and, as of now, does not plan to do so. While Jackson State is not that high on his list, I would not count them out in the long run.
Middle Tennessee State
During the spring, Davis worked out for the Blue Raiders and later earned a scholarship offer from the program. Last year the school landed the commitment of 3-Star Offensive Tackle Keylan Rutledge, who happens to be a close friend of Paul.
"Their program is building."
Rutledge is not the only friend Davis has at MTSU. Due to this, it is clear the school will become a factor in his recruitment. Along with having; friends at MTSU, Davis loves the program and is happy to see what they are building there.
When you think of the Commodores, you think of baseball. While Vanderbilt has an excellent baseball program, the football program is not far behind with the hire of Coach Lea.
"Vanderbilt's whole team is making a turnaround."
Paul thinks highly of Coach Lea and is very impressed with the new culture he is bringing to Vanderbilt. Just like MTSU, Paul also has a friend that plays football. Daniel Martin was a 4-Star LB in the 2022 class, suggesting he will be recruiting him to Vanderbilt.
Paul Davis has been pleased with his recruitment and is looking forward to his senior year, where he hopes to dominate on the playing field and announce his commitment. Hart County begins their season next Friday at Elbert County.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]