UK Football

UK loses recruit Davis to Illinois

Louisville Eastern football player Jon Davis (2010)
Louisville Eastern football player Jon Davis (2010)

One of Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips' biggest recruits for 2011 has decided to leave the Bluegrass.

Jon Davis, a tight end from Louisville's Eastern High School, announced Wednesday afternoon that he will sign with the University of Illinois, choosing the Illini over UK and Louisville.

Davis took an official visit to Champaign two weekends ago and also had a home visit from Illinois Coach Ron Zook on Tuesday. Two members of Bobby Petrino's former staff at Louisville are currently at Illinois, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm. Davis' father, Reggie, said that Petrino and Brohm told his son during the recruiting process that they'll use his son in the same manner that the tight ends were used in Petrino's offense, which sent several tight ends to the NFL including Gary Barnidge, Ronnie Ghent and Richard Owens.

Davis remained solidly committed to UK until last month when he decided to take visits to U of L and Illinois. Davis' father said at the time that UK's overabundance of tight ends was a concern, as the Wildcats have seven tight ends on the roster and also have commitments from two others, Alvin Dupree and Josh Forrest.