There was a little bit of confusion on Saturday night as to whether Daytona Beach Mainland athlete Cortez Davis had committed to Florida State after his junior day visit there. He was previously committed to Clemson.
Teammate Garrett Clark, with whom Davis traveled to Tallahassee on Saturday, was confused, as well. "He told me he didn't commit, but then I saw the Rivals video where he says he's committed to FSU, so I'm not really sure what the deal is."
The Sentinel tracked down Davis on Sunday afternoon and he confirmed that he is indeed committed to Florida State.
"Yes sir I am," Davis, the No. 9-ranked player in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60, said of his FSU commitment. "I'm still looking at other schools, but right now I'm committed to Florida State."
The video Clark was talking about was a Saturday interview on the premium side of Rivals affiliate FlaVarsity.com during which Davis said he had decommitted from Clemson and committed to FSU.
Though his commitment is of the soft variety, he committed nonetheless. Given the opportunity to rate his FSU pledge, Davis said he was "about 50 percent."
He said he had actually made up his mind a few days ago but was still talking to his parents about the decision. He also said having an uncle who used to play for the Seminoles helped his decision. "Kind of a family thing," he said.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Davis has spoken with the Seminoles coaching staff about being a two-way player. He's listed as a defensive back and will play cornerback at the next level, but he could also line up as a wide receiver.
It's early, with signing day still 338 days away until Feb. 2, 2011, but Davis said he has a pretty clear mind about what he wants to do. His top 2 are Florida State and Clemson.
"Yeah, you could say that, and then Alabama, USC and UF," Davis said. "That's all I'm going to talk to."
Davis is the ninth early commitment to the 2011 class for FSU, and second from Volusia County, joining OL Trey Pettis of DeLand.
The others are RB Eric Beverly and DT Derrick Mitchell of Jacksonville First Coast, S Lamarcus Brutus and CB Keelin Smith of Port St. Lucie Treasure, DT Nile Lawrence-Stample of Davie Nova, OL Sterling Lovelady of Pensacola Navarre, and WR Karlos Williams of Davenport Ridge Community.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times