Gator Chomps: New commit Malik Davis ready to run wild in Florida's offense – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Malik Davis is almost a month removed from his commitment of Florida, but the excitement of that decision hasn’t worn off.
UF was always a dream school for Davis, a 3-star running back from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. He’s looking forward to playing for the Gators after watching their use of Jordan Scarlett, who has rushed for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.
“The way they run the ball,” Davis said when asked why he pledged to the Gators. “I just think I fit in pretty good with this offense, and it’s not far from home.”
Davis was about to choose North Carolina over Miami before Florida offered him on Oct. 21. That changed the course of his recruitment, and five days later he committed to UF coach Jim McElwain.
“Once Florida came, I knew this is where I wanted to come,” Davis said. “They were pumped up. Coach Mac feels like I’m an every-down back that can come in and make an impact soon. I don’t have to come out if they want to throw the ball because I can catch, and I can be a third-and-2 guy.”
Last Friday, Davis rushed for 279 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries to lead his team to the third round of the playoffs. That game put him over 2,000 yards (2,130) and 30 touchdowns (31) for the year, and Davis is averaging 12.3 yards per carry.
Despite his numbers, he’s a consensus 3-star recruit and the lowest-rated member of Florida’s 2017 class.
“At first it kind of bothered me,” Davis said of his recruiting ratings. “But at the end of the day I’m committed to Florida, a school I always liked and wanted to come to.
“Of course, I still look at it and I’m like, ‘Come on.’ A lot of guys that