Chris Davis Jr. committed to UCF right on the field at Bright House Networks Stadium on Wednesday night. (COURTESY CHRIS DAVIS / June 12, 2013)
Chris Davis Jr. said Wednesday night it seemed like almost yesterday when he stood in Bright House Networks Stadium for the first time.
"I remember I was at the Miami game (2009) before my freshman year and I was thinking, 'I could be playing here some day,' " he said. "It just feels like yesterday when I said that. Now it's happening and it's just happened so fast."
Wednesday night he was standing in Bright House Networks Stadium again when he told UCF receivers coach Sean Beckton he was pledging his services to the UCF football team.
"He was real happy. He said I made his day better," said Davis, who had been thinking about committing to UCF on the spot last weekend after leading Oviedo to the championship of the UCF 7-on-7 tournament.
He also called UCF head coach George O'Leary to tell him the news.
O'Leary was not available when Davis went to campus, but the 6-foot, 180-pound Oviedo quarterback, who will be a receiver at UCF, made sure to call the head coach.
He had been mulling the possibility of committing for a while and finally decided it was time.
"I knew yesterday I was going to commit today after thinking a lot about it for the past week," Davis said. "Last night I told my parents I was going to be committing to UCF and they said, 'OK, we're right there with you.' They've been with me through the whole thing and supported me and and they told me how proud they are of me."
The Davis family lives just a few miles from the UCF campus.
"They are really excited about it. My mom was telling me she's still not going to do my laundry though," Davis laughed. "Besides that though, everything is good. I love UCF a lot ... my parents love it.
"One thing I wanted to make sure was to be close to home [for college] and you can’t get much closer than what I got right now. I love the school, it's just amazing and I am looking forward to being a UCF Knight."
Davis, the No. 12-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, said on Sunday, after Oviedo went 8-0 in winning the UCF 7-on-7 tournament, he was even more locked in on the Knights as his future team and it only took three more days of mulling his options before he decided to go ahead and commit.
"We went over the the campus and Coach Beckton showed us around and we watched their 'Wild Knight' film," Davis said, "and then he gave me a tour around the school, which I already had done, but I went again just to make sure and look at the school again and look at the dorms.
"Then we went out on the football field and that's when I committed."
Last season as a junior at Oviedo, Davis ran for 570 yards and nine touchdowns on 123 carries from the quarterback position. He also passed for 1,113 yards and eight TDs on 81-of-139 passing (58 percent).
He led the Lions to an 11-2 record and two games shy of the Florida Class 7A state title game, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual state-runner up Tallahassee Lincoln. Oviedo moves up to Class 8A this year.
Davis has been the starting quarterback at Oviedo since his sophomore year, but his talent as a wide receiver is well documented. Davis won the position MVP award for wide receiver two straight years at the Orlando National Underclassmen Combine.
He has great hands and impressive in-air ability to adjust his body to the ball while shielding off defenders.
Davis is the first piece in what UCF is hoping could be a strong local class of commitments this season. Other local targets are Lake Nona WR Ryan Sousa, Ocoee LB-DB Terrell Lewis, Dr. Phillips S Davin Pierce, Eustis LB-DE Jaylon Graham and possibly Winter Park WR Gabe McClary.
"I think I can help in a major way and I already know they told me today our class is going to be real good," Davis said. "I know we are going to take one more receiver at least and I don't know who it's going to be, but maybe I can see if I can get Sousa over here."
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