Q: What can you tell me about Davis as a player?

A: He’s a high-motor guy that loves football, has great energy, enthusiasm and personality. He plays the game really fast and physical – puts his face right on you. We’re thrilled to have him. He’s from a high school [Camden (Ga.) County] where they’ve had great history, a lot of players and great football there. Those coaches there can’t say enough great things about him and they've’ had a lot of great players. His leadership ability, his skills and how he loves the game."

Gators offensive line coach Tim Davis on Octavius Jackson:

Q: What led you to him on the recruiting trail?

A: We saw tape on him first. His tape was really good. We wanted to see how big he was. When he came to our camp and saw that he had great length, which is good for separation issues. He was able to create leverage, a real powerful kid off the lower body. Probably not a tackle; probably a guard down the line, but he could play tackle.

Q: What makes him a good prospect?

A: He is very physical at the point of attack. And then he understands the game. He is also a real self-motivated kid. He wants to be the best. The other thing I like about him was that he wasn’t worried about playing left tackle or right tackle or wherever – ‘I want to play. Put me in.’ – and those kids are valuable. Guys who can play all three inside positions are really valuable. He has a lot of those qualities.

Davis on 350-pound Trenton Brown:

Q: What kind of prospect is he?

A: You need that size. He can really bend for a big guy and really get it off the edge. He’s got great length and great separation. I look for kids who can come off the mark and really help you. When you get one of those big guys in there, it helps your run game, it helps your pass game. He is really nimble for a big kid.

Q: What kind of athlete is he at 6-7, 345 pounds?

A: His dad played basketball and his brother played basketball. He’s got that him in. They are good athletes – not just big, but good. He’s not fat. He’s intelligent and he’s really got a good way about him. He played right and left tackle and can move.

Davis on Michigan lineman Cameron Dillard:

Q: What makes him an intriguing prospect at this stage?

A: When you are looking at the offensive line, you need to bring a center in every year like you bring in a quarterback. He was a logical candidate. He understands offensive line play. He’s got good hips and good explosion, can get to the second level. He really embraces the game, which is one thing for a young guy is hard to find – a guy who knows what everyone is doing, not just him.

Q: What are some intangibles he brings to the table?

A: He is really self-motivated. He works out and has really high goals on being the best lineman. He works out at a place four times a week that does nothing but caters to guys who want to go on [to play at next level]. Besides that, his film was great. He is real physical at the point of attack. He gets to it, has good hips. We need that type of guy who is kind of a leader. You saw all of these things from the guy at a young age.

Q: What put him on the radar for you?

A: We saw some tape and I saw from him … great effort. You watch him from the game and the game is good, not just the highlights. I was really impressed by that. He pressed his finish. He absorbs the game and does it and makes the correct corrections. He’s real tight with the head coach there and lives in the weight room and it shows up on tape. It was really evident that we needed to have this kid.

Davis on American Heritage OL Roderick Johnson: