Top-rated Georgia wide receiver Kyle Davis backed off a 10-month commitment to South Carolina on Monday night, announcing his decision via Twitter:
The 4-star prospect initially pledged to head coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks last summer while attending an on-campus event. However, his latest college visits have occurred elsewhere in SEC country and things seemed to be trending away from South Carolina for the Archer High School junior.
Davis, a 6'3", 211-pound playmaker, is rated fifth nationally among wide receivers and 58th overall in 247Sports' composite rankings. He caught 67 passes for 1,183 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, per The State.
His imposing physical frame and smooth receiving skills have garnered attention from college programs since his sophomore year. Davis holds nearly 30 scholarship offers, and that list is likely to expand now that he's back on the open market.
South Carolina shouldn't be ruled out for a rebound in this recruitment, but the Gamecocks clearly lost traction during recent months.
Davis visited Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee since the last time he set foot in Columbia. The in-state Bulldogs have actually hosted him four times during that span, per Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.
Georgia is the public favorite to land Davis as he enters a new chapter in his recruitment. The Bulldogs claim 100 percent of expert predictions to sign him in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.
Several campus visits and increased rapport with the coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, set the stage for Georgia to emerge as a front-runner. The team holds just one wide receiver commitment—fellow 4-star Peach State product Darion Anderson—and claims a pledge from the country's top-ranked quarterback in Jacob Eason.
Eason is one of the most impressive passers we've scouted this decade and is a strong selling point for Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt. The combination of elite quarterback talent and close proximity could separate Georgia from the pack.
Auburn always recruits well in Georgia and actually flipped 4-star wide receiver Darius Slayton from the Bulldogs late in the 2015 recruiting cycle. Davis has visited the Tigers on campus and the team has a void at receiver in this class.
That development, and Davis' announcement less than 12 hours later, may result in head coach Gus Malzahn shifting the focus of his recruiting staff. It would be a surprise if the Tigers haven't already reached out to Davis since Monday evening.
Tennessee continues to work on its reputation as "Wide Receiver U," though that's a title currently claimed by several college squads and their fans. The Volunteers landed top Georgia wide receiver Preston Williams last signing day and now have Davis in the crosshairs.
He's visited Tennessee twice since last fall. Head coach Butch Jones picked up a pledge from 4-star New Jersey quarterback Jarrett Guarantano in April, and he's the program's top-rated passer since a new regime took over.
Guarantano has vowed to recruit ardently on behalf of Tennessee and helped get 4-star wide receiver Austin Mack on campus last weekend. Davis would become the top-rated commit in another outstanding Volunteers class if he hops on the bandwagon.
Aside from the SEC trio, a pair of newcomers also warrant some attention in this race. Ohio State and LSU each offered earlier this month.
Don't be surprised if additional interest begins to pour in for the prized Peach State prospect as things progress. Georgia looks to be in strong position for an eventual pledge, but this is a fluid situation with several suitors in the mix.
Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.