Top-ranked high school linebacker Noor Davis has committed to Stanford. Davis, of Oxford, Fla./The Villages Charter School, made his college decision known just minutes ago in a small presentation at his high school (which is really nice), and wrapping up his recruiting experience, at least for now, before his junior year of high school is even over.
Davis chose Stanford over Florida, Notre Dame, USC, and Alabama, and cited academics as a reason for doing so.
In our breakdown of Noor Davis earlier this week, we noted that his intelligence and playmaking abilities made him a coveted recruit and a tantalizing prospect.
Davis looks like he is ready to play college football today. He possesses good size, great field speed, and an understanding for the game. He is a polished tackler and appears to be able to become a valuable pass rusher. Any school in the race for him will not want to miss out.
It's also no surprise that Davis' choice came down to academics: that's been the most important part of his recruitment all along, and as the Gainesville Sun's Jeff Barlis notes, he has a 4.3 GPA and just turned 16. Florida's already had some success with one linebacker who combines youth with smarts, Jelani Jenkins, and the hope was likely that Davis can follow in his footsteps.
Instead, Florida fans may be adding his name under Wayne Lyons on the list of academically-inclined Florida prospects once thought to be likely Gators to zip to the West Coast to play for the Stanford Cardinal.
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