2025 TE Hollis Davidson on FSU visit and seeing Norvell in action: ‘He’s exactly what he says he is’

Peachtree City (Ga.) McIntosh three-star tight end Hollis Davidson visited Florida State this past season for a portion of their game against Miami. On Friday, the 6-foot-5, 236 pound tight end returned to learn more about the Seminoles.

“It was awesome,” Davidson said. “I really got to see [head coach Mike] Norvell in action and he’s exactly what he says he is. I enjoyed coming down, meeting some of the players, getting to spend more time with the coaches, and seeing their workout [Tour of Duty].

The highlight of the visit was watching Norvell in action during the Tour of Duty, which kicked off on Friday.

“It is just seeing Norvell in action,” Davidson said. “He says he will hold his players to the highest standard and make them the best that they will be in all categories in life. And he truly does. I just saw that in action today.

Norvell, along with tight ends coach Chris Thomsen, made their way to McIntosh earlier this week to check in on Davidson. During that visit, they also met his mother. It influenced Davidson wanting to get to Tallahassee on Friday.

  • “Just sitting down with Norvell, seeing his philosophies, the way he does things and how he expects things out of people. He talked with my mom and my dad hadn’t met him. Just really Norvell was what really sold it for me. He just seems like a great coach. I wanted to get down and really make sure I got my eyes on Florida State again,” Davidson said.

In addition to his time around Norvell, he also got a chance to get to know Thomsen further.

“He’s very experienced. If I were to come here, I would look forward to getting coached by him. He really seems like he knows what he’s doing. He’s a cool guy. I stay in touch with him,” Davidson said.

 

Davidson also added that he remains in contact with DJ Daniels, a former tight end for the Seminoles who now assists with recruiting.

He is tentatively set to return for a spring practice on March 23rd. That visit will provide a chance for Davidson to see one more element of the program he hasn’t gotten a chance to so far.

“I’ve seen a good amount. Of course, just keep getting my eyes around, building relationships with everybody. I’d like to see like an actual practice, you know, padded up,” Davidson said. “Really just coming down and furthering my relationships with everybody.

Davidson said he remains open right now beyond the Top 7 he released earlier in the day. The top seven consisted of Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Penn State. His plan right now is to continue seeing those specific schools.

“These are the schools that I feel like I could fit at and that they think I could fit at,” Davidson said. “It goes mutual. My recruiting is still open, but these are really the seven I’m working with right now.

Davidson added that FSU has found good footing in his recruitment for all of the above reasons, while adding ‘I like the way they use the tight ends on the field, too.

The 247Sports.com Composite Recruiting Rankings list him currently as the No. 365 overall prospect and No. 20 tight end in the 2025 class.

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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