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CDS’ Davis drops commitment to Cincinnati
Posted Dec 8, 2012 by Bill Ward
Updated Dec 8, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Carrollwood Day senior running back Robert Davis, who this season broke the county career rushing record with 5,475 yards, has officially de-committed from the University of Cincinnati following the departure of Bearcats coach Butch Jones to Tennessee.
CDS coach Lane McLaughlin confirmed Davis’ decision Saturday. McLaughlin said Davis had already received a home visit from a Boston College coach Friday.
‘‘He’s definitely opening it (recruiting) back up,’’ McLaughlin said. ‘‘I don’t think it was an easy decision but I can certainly understand it given the circumstances.’‘
Jones resigned from Cincinnati to take the job at Tennessee early Friday morning. This came just as the Bearcats met to prepare for Duke in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27. The Bearcats earned a share of the Big East title for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
This season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Davis rushed for 2,221 yards and 26 touchdowns on 203 carries to eclipse the former county career rushing record of Riverview’s Avious Steadman, who finished with 5,320.
Aside from Boston College, McLaughlin says Davis has strong interest from both Memphis and Purdue. Prior to his commitment to Cincinnati, he also had offers from Bowling Green, Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Holy Cross, Middle Tennessee State and Presbyterian.