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Georgia Tech Lands Surprise Commitment

Monday, November 11, 2013 12:46pm
By: Brian Geisinger

Sunday night, Javarius Davis - a three-star RB from Florida in the 2015 recruiting class - committed, via Twitter to Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Seems like a fairly run-of-the-mill recruiting story, right? Well, it's not quite that simple.

The story, which was reported by several media outlets (including the Florida Times-Union) is true - Davis did commit to the Yellow Jackets. However, here's the issue: Georgia Tech wasn't quite ready for the running back to commit to the school, despite the fact that they, according to 247Sports.com, have offered him a scholarship.

Let's go through this a little more, shall we?

Davis - who plays his prep ball for Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White High - and a Tech assistant coach (Lamar Owens, who coaches the team's A-backs) - have established a very strong relationship. In a text message to the aforementioned Florida Times-Union, Davis stated: "I chose because I could start as a true freshman … my relationship with [A-backs coach Lamar Owens] is amazing."

Again - this seems pretty darn starndard. But here's where things veer off the beaten trail a little bit.

Paul Pierson, who coaches the 5-10, 170 pound Davis at Ed White, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's recruiting analyst Michael Carvell that he was contacted the following morning by a confused Owens: 

“I believe he is committed to Georgia Tech, but I talked to Coach Lamar Owens earlier today. (Owens is) just trying to do it the right way. He was caught by surprise by the whole situation."

He continued: "They are recruiting Javarius, but before they go further, they want to bring him up there and let him see everything. They want to formally do everything the correct way."

It appears the Tech staff wants Davis, who was already in Atlanta to watch the Yellow Jackets defeat UNC in October, to come back in again "to make sure it’s the right fit for everyone."

Got all that?

Pierson isn't sure why his stud RB decided to commit out of the blue, via Twitter. But he thinks it's because Davis is ready to be done with the whole recruiting process, which is apparently wearing thin on him.

If that's the case, it'd be tough to blame Davis for getting a little bit ahead of himself. The high school junior with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash has received over 30 scholarship offers, including Penn State, Stanford, Northwestern, and Michigan State.

On a more local level, N.C. State, UNC, Duke, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest had also extended offers to Davis.

According to Carvell's report, though, it's unclear when the Georgia Tech staff plans to bring Davis in to finalize the process. Ed White is currently in the middle of the Florida state playoffs. The meeting could take place later this month, or it could even be pushed back to January 2014.

As of right now, neither Scout, Rivals, nor 247Sports list Davis committed for the Yellow Jackets' 2015 recruiting class.

Let's hope, in the end, this works out for both sides. It's clear Davis wants to go to Georgia Tech, and - from the looks of things - the Yellow Jackets covet his talents, too, especially Owens.

Want to see the junior speedster in action? Well, check out his highlights here: