TWO BITS: baseball tops UNF, Davis to decide

By Adam Silverstein
May 12, 2011

1 » No. 5 Florida Gators baseball (37-12) led from the start of the game Thursday and never gave up their advantage while on the way to a 4-1 victory over the North Florida Ospreys (25-22) at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Junior left-handed pitcher Alex Panteliodis (4-1) pitched three shutout innings, striking out one and leaving the game with a 2-0 lead that earned him the victory. Six pitchers relieved him in total; senior right-handed pitcher Matt Campbell came on with two outs in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Junior right fielder Preston Tucker (1-3, 2 RBI, R) knocked home Gators in the first and third inning, while a two-run homer from sophomore first baseman Austin Maddox (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R) helped Florida jump ahead 4-1 in the sixth. UF travels to Vanderbilt for a three-game weekend series beginning with Friday’s contest, set to air live on CSS at 7 p.m.

2 » Rated as the top linebacker in the country and No. 30 overall recruit available in 2012 by Rivals.com, four-star Noor Davis (The Villages, FL) is set to announce his commitment on Friday with the Gators standing as one of five schools vying for his services. Davis named a top five of Notre Dame, Florida, Stanford, Alabama and USC earlier this week and is ready to get the process over with. He talked at length about all five schools with the website’s Chris Nee and said the following about the Gators:

“The University of Florida has outstanding academic programs and great athletics. They have an awesome business school and communications department. Coach [Will] Muschamp said that I could fit in an impactful way playing the SAM linebacker spot. In the 3-4 I would be down on the line and in the 4-3 I would be back in a stack position. They feel that I can do a lot of things off the edge as a pass rusher, but also as a flat coverage guy. I can do a lot of different things that can throw an offense off. They play in the SEC which is a great conference. Florida is an outstanding school and it is very close to where I live. The place where I live is pretty big Gator Country and all of my friends and neighbors are fans. My parents and especially my little brother could be a part of my college experience.”

Qualities of the other schools that impressed him: Notre Dame (religious aspect, tradition, academics and powerful alumni), Stanford (academics, aggressive defense, playing baseball), Alabama (“an icon,” 3-4 defense, business program), USC (“powerhouse” program, aunt attended, family in the area, California).

17 Comments

  1. Alex says:

    Sounds like Mr. Davis is concerned about his education, too. Could be a great addition to UF.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      He has something like a 4.3 GPA and want’s to major in business then o on to get his masters. Very well spoken young man with a good head on his shoulders. Once he puts on the helmet, he gets mean though.

  2. npgator says:

    Davis sounds mature beyond his years and would be a HUGE get!

  3. g8ter27 says:

    From those comments I say it is between the Gators and USC. Seems logical that he would go here but I don’t trust Kiffin, he may promise him a new house or something.

  4. npgator says:

    I thought it was between UF and ND? No?

    • John S says:

      I think he only visited UF and ND so we should be top two. Hopefully he likes his little brother.

  5. swifty_711 says:

    I hope we land him but I got him at nd or usc.

  6. dp says:

    Time of decision?

  7. npgator says:

    1:30 and who is his little brother?

  8. npgator says:

    He chose Stanford. So within this one week we lose Blakely and we whiff on Davis – not bad! Things have changed and we may be in for some (maybe more than some) rough times ahead.

  9. gator says:

    If you can’t play with the BIG BOYS, go west sissy

  10. dp says:

    Stanford? Seriously?! What a (fill in the blank)! I guess he doesn’t care about his little brother and/or competing for a NC. Good luck Noor…your name sucks as much as your decision…Adam…you writing something on this…I would love to hear this reasoning.

  11. Mr2Bits says:

    Is it just me or does nothing f*ing go our way with these damn recruits right now? Seems like every time we get close to landing one, some other dickwad school gets em. This shit is really starting to piss me off.

  12. jay d says:

    Born and raised in gainesville and I’ve got gator tattoos…even I wouldn’t pass up a chance to attend stanford and earn a degree..this kid obviously cares about his future

  13. scooterp says:

    We bash knuckleheads all the time and make fun of them for going to inferior schools, but this guy opts for a top 5 university and you still beat him up. Young man obviously has his head on straight, unlike some of the morons on here.

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