In case you were wondering, though they do look pretty similar facially, Mikell Lands-Davis is not physically Justin Thomas's twin. However, if he can produce similar results to No. 5, the Yellow Jacket faithful won't care who he looks like. Straight out of Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia, Mikell Lands-Davis possesses every bit of talent that is needed at the B-Back position for the Ramblin' Wreck. He was the first B-Back to commit to Paul Johnson's 2015 class. Although Lands-Davis won't be on campus until June, you can bet he will be ready to compete and suit up in old gold and white this Fall.
As a Recruit
At 5'11, 208 lbs, Lands-Davis is only going to get stronger and faster. He is listed as a three-star per the 247Sports Composite (0.8619) and Rivals (5.6). Lands-Davis sported scholarship offers from plenty of Power-5 schools: Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Clemson, just to name a few. Thankfully for Georgia Tech, Mikell wanted to play close to home so his family could come watch him play during his college career. (And may I add, it's got to be hard to turn down the opportunity to play under the bright lights of Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in front of 55,000 of the best fans in all of College Football.)
On film, Lands-Davis shows why he was courted by so many of those Power-5 schools: he's quick, he's shifty, he breaks tackles, and he has great acceleration. You can see his lower body strength as he hits the hole quick and plows through defenders on a lot of his carries -- a great quality to have as a B-Back in Paul Johnson's offense. Most importantly, he's a smart runner. At times, it seems he already knows where he's going before the ball is even handed to him. Lands-Davis has the talent to grow and become one of the great backs at Georgia Tech.
Like our fearless leader Joey Weaver mentioned about Quaide Weimerskirch, Lands-Davis will have to develop into a blocker, but that goes with any offensive player in the PJ's playbook. I can't tell anything about his blocking ability on his highlight film but we all know how important blocking is to this offense.
What to Expect
Gone are Zach Laskey, Synjn Days, and Matt Conners. Georgia Tech has one scholarship B-Back on the roster right now -- C.J. Leggett, who hasn't played one snap yet. But like I have mentioned in this article, I EXPECT a physical running back that's going to make plays and turn heads. Lands-Davis reminds me of former Jacket Anthony Allen, though more physical. He has all the tools and play-making ability to be great on the Flats. He's going to have to learn the playbook quickly because he's going to get thrown into the fire in fall camp and some guys already have a head start, but keep an eye out for him on the field this fall.
What are you thoughts on Lands-Davis? Are you excited about his potential? Do you think he starts this year or will he redshirt?