Braden Davis Emerging on FSU’s 2022 QB Board

2022 quarterback Braden Davis recently transferred from Middletown, DE to Florida this past spring. Now at Lake Minneola, Davis is considered the top quarterback in Florida for 2022 and is rated as the 100th overall recruit in the 247 composite. We caught up with Braden to talk about his recruitment, and to see how his relationship with Florida State is developing. 

New Lake Minneola signal-caller Braden Davis comes into his new school rated as one of the top players in his class for 2022. Davis emerged on to the recruiting scene after leading his former school to a state championship game in Florida. With 22 offers in hand, Davis is working to prove that the early interest is well earned while continuing to get better every day.

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“I’m coming off of a good sophomore year where I helped lead my team to a state championship game appearance,” said Davis. “We had a very good season. This year I want to get a state championship in Florida.”

“I’ve been in contact with a bunch of coaches as I’ve been waiting for the full contact period,” continued Davis. “I have 22 offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, Florida, LSU, Penn State, Michigan State and Texas A&M. I’m happy I’ve gotten these offers and that schools are taking notice, but I need to keep working to keep getting better.”

Braden’s dad, Antone, was a unanimous All-American at Tennessee and was drafted 8th overall in the 1991 draft. After his playing days, the elder Davis spent time at Tennessee. While he was there Braden got a chance to model his game after his favorite player, Josh Dobbs.

“I never had a favorite team growing up but I had a favorite player – Josh Dobbs,” said Davis. “My dad worked at Tennessee when he was there. The things he does on and off the field, as a leader and a person, that is who I want to be.”

Florida State has not offered Braden officially, but they are heavily recruiting him at this time. According to Braden, the coaches want to see him throw in person, something he understands. Coach Dillingham has taken the lead recruiting the 6’5”, 195 pound quarterback for the Noles.

“Coach Dillingham, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and the whole offensive staff really, have talked to me on Zoom calls,” said Davis. “We’ve talked about fit awhile ago, and they like how I am a quarterback that uses his mind. I like to read defenses and make the right decisions. I think I am a mental player that likes to take charge. They want quarterbacks that are intelligent players.”

“I’ve known Coach Dillingham for a while,” continued Davis. “We’re building our relationship. He seems like a great coach when we’ve talked ball. He has a good track record coming from Auburn and having Bo Nix start as a freshman. I like how they attack the field and have full-field concepts. I’m versatile and can fit in their offense. They haven’t offered me yet, but they told me they want to. They want to see me in person. I was going to go there before Coronavirus hit so that was delayed. I understand that as if I was a quarterback coach I would want to see a QB throw.”

Davis says he is going to keep an eye on the Seminoles as they work to get back among the elite programs in the country.

“It is going to be interesting to watch what happens this year with them,” Davis said. “I believe this staff is going to turn it around because they have great offensive minds and they are going to recruit high caliber players.”

Braden is looking to show what he can do versus better competition this year. He says that he fits in any offense and that getting developed will play a major role in his recruitment.

“I would consider myself a pro-style quarterback with dual-threat capabilities,” explained Davis. “Getting developed and competing is what I will be looking for. I want a fair opportunity to start. I know anywhere I go will have competition and I am not afraid of other player’s decisions. I am going to play and compete. I would like to get on the field early.”

Braden has done virtual tours with Oregon, Stanford, Florida, Rutgers, and Penn State. He says there’s a list of schools he hopes to visit soon. 

“I had visits planned to Florida, FSU, Oregon and Penn State before all this happened,” said Davis. “I want to visit schools I’ve never seen before like Florida, FSU, Stanford, Oregon when I can.”

Stay tuned as we track Braden’s upcoming junior season.

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