Cortez Davis, defensive back from Daytona Mainland de-commited from Clemson and committed to Florida State this afternoon at the Florida State's junior day. Davis is an elite prospect at 6'5" 210 lbs. Noleinsider confirmed the story via its twitter account, as did Elite Scouting Services.
Davis is one of the best defensive back prospects in the state. While many would assume he is a safety given his size, that might not be the case. FSU will consider Davis at cornerback in their new zone-heavy scheme. The 'Noles are incorporating more zone principles in their coverage schemes in order to have 11 defenders looking at the ball. That should help combat the spread-option, most notably the attack run by UF. From Elite Scouting:
For a cornerback over 6′2, Davis is very fluid. He can open up and run with backs or receivers. Usually cornerbacks with his size are stiff. That is not the case with Davis.
That comparison seems somewhat similar to a former 'Nole great: Antonio Cromartie.
Davis grew up a Florida State fan, but was turned off to the program after visiting during the 'Nole's loss to USF last October. It appears Junior day impressed Davis, who had stated that he would always remain open to the possibility of becoming a 'Nole. Inside, you'll find film and further notes on the impressive 2011 defensive back.
Here is some film of Davis, courtesy Elite Scouting Services:
As you can see, Davis is an incredible athlete. He's also a pretty good receiver.
Davis is on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. He is Florida State's 9th commitment for the 2011 class. Derrick Mitchell, a defensive tackle from Jacksonville's First Coast High School has committed to Florida State, Ira Schoeffel confirmed via twitter. Apologies for not getting this up sooner, but we were unable to reach two of our primary sources. Mitchell is the eighth commitment for the 'Noles, joining First Coast RB Eric Beverly, First Coast DT Derrick Mitchell, Nova DT Nile Lawrence, Navarre OL Sterling Lovelady, Treasure Coast DBs Lamarcus Brutus and Keelin Smith, Deland OL Trey Pettis, and Ridge ATH Karlos Williams. All are from Florida, and 8 appear on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. In addition to Florida State and Clemson, Davis has offers from LSU, Miami, Auburn, and USC (yes, Southern Cal).
It's also worth noting that Davis is a teammate of running back Marlin Lane, arguably the top running back in the state. Lane partially tore his ACL at the end of last season after compiling an amazing on-field resume. While nobody has seen Lane run since, FSU is very aware of him and some believe he will be a 'Nole if he comes back from his injury. FSU is showing heavy interest and monitoring his recovery closely. He expects to participate in Spring ball on a limited basis.
Tomahawk Nation attempted to reach Davis, but was unsuccessful. We will attempt to catch up him at a later date.