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Less than 24 hours after losing a four-star running back pledge, the Florida Gators received a commitment from three-star RB Malik Davis (Tampa, FL).
Davis, who received his offer from Florida late last week, wasted no time in announcing his decision for the Gators.
After much prayer & thinking I will be committing to the University of Florida, #GoGators #ChompChomp,” Davis wrote on his Twitter account.
This decision comes hours after the recruitment of four-star running back Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, FL) took another strange turn as he recommitted for the second time in two months. Lemons originally decommitted from Florida in late August, later reversing his decision after speaking with the Gators coaching staff. It appeared as if Lemons believed a suspension would preclude him from going to Florida, but after being reassured by the coaches that he was still in their good graces as long as he kept his nose clean, he stuck by the Gators.
That only lasted a short while, though, as Lemons announced again on Twitter that he is decommitting, noting that his “main focus is to remain humble, pass this ACT and bounce back.” Lemons apologized to Florida “for the disruption” and says “hopefully they still want me in the end,” presumably if and when he passes the test and gets his grades in order.
Davis (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is ranked No. 902 in the 247Sports Composite, while Lemons (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is No. 270 and as one of just nine four-star pledges stood as the Gators’ seventh-highest rated commitment.
Florida now has 16 commitments in the Class of 2017, including eight four-stars and eight three-stars. Davis is the Gators’ lowest-rated high school pledge in the class.