Just two days into his new position as UCF basketball coach and Donnie Jones has his first commitment. Columbia, S.C., Ridge View product Jarvis Davis, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard who spent this past season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., committed to the Knights officially on Tuesday night.
More impressively, however, is that Jones had the commitment even before his plane landed in Orlando.
Davis, who had committed to the University of Charlotte earlier this past season, had already decommitted after Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz was fired two weeks ago. His plans were to eventually commit to Marshall, from where Davis was hired to replace fired UCF coach Kirk Speraw.
"They've recruited me very hard since about November," Davis said of Jones and his staff. "I had picked Charlotte because it was a little closer to home, but after the coaches at Charlotte got fired, I immediately knew where I was going to go."
And with Jones leaving Marshall, Davis was right behind him.
"I was watching from afar to see what he was going to do since I thought he might leave," Davis said of Jones and Marshall. "He was at Florida for 11 years and I knew he was probably going to go back down there."
Davis also had offers from Texas Tech and Nebraska.
He has yet to visit campus, and plans to do so in a few weeks, when he will sign.
"I looked it up on the Internet and saw it was a pretty nice campus," Davis said. "I was down in Orlando last year for the Super Showcase and I've been down to Disney a lot. Orlando is a fun city and it's a pro town with Dwight Howard and all those guys with the Magic."
Davis averaged 21 points and five assists a game at Ridge View. This past year at Hargrave he averaged 13 points, five assists and six steals.
He loves that last number.
"A couple of games I had double-digit steals I'm a pretty good defensive player," Davis said. "You gotta be alert and you've got to want it on defense and have a good mindset about who you're going to guard and stay in the passing lane."
Davis failed to qualify academically after signing with Louisiana Tech out of Ridgeview, so he decided to enroll at Hargrave, a prep school with a reputation for getting student athletes prepared for the next level.
"It was kinda tough when I got there at first, but after a while everything was fine," Davis said. "We had a pretty good season. We were 24-0 before we lost the last game."
He considered re-signing with Louisiana Tech, but changed his mind.
"I did and then after a while it was like 'nah, I got better so I might as well go somewhere else," Davis said.
Besides playing defense Davis also likes to dish, and said he could use some work on his outside shot.
"I'm more of a drive-and-kick kind of player," Davis said. "But I work hard and by the time next season rolls around, you'll probably think I'm a shooter."
And next season will be in a Knights' uniform. He's 100 percent committed.
"I don't answer the phone for no other coaches now," he said.
Iliana Limón contributed to this report.
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