Former Clemson RB convinced South Carolina's Mike Davis not to transfer in 2012
According to a recent interview with television station WIS, South Carolina junior running back Mike Davis considered transferring in 2012 after limited playing time as a true freshman brought serious frustration to the four-star prospect from Georgia.
Stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart behind veterans Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles, Miles mulled over his options and credited his brother, former Clemson star James Davis, with staying put.
“He just kept pushing me, telling me you don’t want to leave, this is great for you, actually. Competing with Brandon Wilds is going to do nothing but bring out the best in you.”
Davis won the starting job over Brandon Wilds the following spring and has since earned a reputation as one of the SEC’s most feared ballcarriers. As a sophomore, Davis rushed 203 times for 1,183 yards — the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history.
“(James) always told me to be patient because my time was coming,” said Davis. “He’s just always got my head on the right track.”
South Carolina, notably Steve Spurrier, isn’t expecting Davis to return for his senior season in 2015 if this year goes according to plan.
“If he has a big year, he’s going to go to the NFL and we think he will be a high draft pick,” Spurrier said in a recent interview with Paul Finebaum.