Davis says supporting son is a factor

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia safety Thomas Davis said he's leaning toward skipping his final year of college to enter the NFL draft.

Davis told the Albany (Ga.) Herald he has an 11-month-old son to take care of, who lives with the child's mother in Gwinnett County. Davis, a fourth-year junior, also will consider where he's projected to go in the draft.

Davis was named one of the 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back. He leads the No. 8 Bulldogs with 62 tackles and is one of the hardest hitters on the team. He also has a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.

The coach at Randolph-Clay High School also said that Davis is leaning toward the pros.

Walter Knighton was the offensive coordinator when Davis attended the school and talks with him on a weekly basis. Davis was eligible to enter the draft after last season since he was redshirted his first year at Georgia. But he never seriously considered it.

At least two other Georgia juniors, offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles and linebacker Odell Thurman, are expected to give serious consideration to the NFL after this season.