Williams, Davis slow things down

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln four-star teammates in no hurry to commit

Originally Published: April 23, 2012
By Corey Long | RecruitingNation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The recruiting saga of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln teammates Taj Williams and Reggie Davis will continue into the summer and possibly the fall according to both athletes after Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp.

Williams (6-foot-4 and 165 pounds) and Davis (6-0, 160 pounds), both four-star prospects, were expected to commit shortly after teammate James Hearns committed to Florida in early February.

Both players talked about joining Hearns at Florida on their respective twitter accounts but the official announcements never came.

"I know it my case it was about checking out some more options," Davis said. "I haven't seen too many schools yet and there are a few places out of state that I would like to see."

Davis mentioned Auburn, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia as some out-of-state schools he may visit over the summer. Florida and South Florida are the in-state schools that have offered.

Williams is also looking at a busy summer and as Georgia, Louisville and Alabama as possible destinations for him during the offseason. Florida, FSU, Miami and South Florida are the in-state offers for Williams.

"It probably a blessing in disguise that I didn't commit early because it's given me more time to do the research necessary to find the right fit," Williams said. "I'm going to take my time with the process now and probably take all five of my visits."

Williams is generally being recruited as a wide receiver, although some think he could become a defensive back similar to former Lincoln standout Antonio Cromartie.

"I would like to be on the offensive side of the football but to be honest I'll do whatever they ask of me to see the field," Williams said.

The tandem will be going into their third year as starters on the football team and just finished up another successful track season where they were two legs of Lincoln's 4x100 relay team. On the gridiron they also share kickoff duties and Williams admits he gets the bulk of the work.

"They usually kick it to me because if they kick it to Reggie it's going to the house," Williams joked. "He's got me on the speed by a little bit."

With Davis being avoided on kick returns he's finding his groove as an all-purpose threat in Lincoln's offense. As a situational running back and slot receiver Davis gained over 600 yards on offense and averaged nearly 14 yards a touch.

Meanwhile Williams has been bitten by the injury bug quite a bit during his last two years. When he's on the field he's averaging close to 18 yards a reception but Williams doesn't want to miss time as a senior.

"I've had a little bit of bad luck but I'm ready to get back on the field and stay on the field this year," Williams added. "I've been trying to get bigger and stronger so I can stay healthy."

And according to Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir, both players' health is the key to the team's success in 2012.

"We need Reggie and Taj to be at full strength this year because we're going to have a new quarterback and he's going to need to lean on their experience," Shakir said. "I've had a lot of great players coaching and playing at Lincoln but these two have the sort of potential that you only see out of the great ones like Cromartie and Pat Watkins."

Shakir would love to give his top two players a national stage to show off their skills.

"I've had some discussions with a few programs out of state and I hope to have something in place before the start of spring football," Shakir said. "Reggie and Taj are two of the most exciting players in the state and I think they've been a little under the radar in recent months so it's time to change that."

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation