In-state tight end hopes for an offer

In-state tight end prospect Trent Davidson performed well at the recent NIKE Combine. Next on his wish list is an offer from the Tide.

Davidson, 6-5, 242, projects as one of the better tight ends in the state of Alabama next year. Laboring mainly as a blocker in a run-oriented offense, Davidson still hauled in 15 passes his junior season.

His highlight film reveals a very good drive blocker, capable of pushing his man yards off the ball. He also showed soft hands and the ability to break tackles.

Both of the previous two coaching staffs at Alabama had recruited Trent Davidson, and he clearly hopes that will continue with new head coach Mike Shula. "I am excited about Coach Shula taking over at Alabama," Davidson told in a recent interview. "I know he uses the tight end in his offense. Hopefully Alabama will give me a strong look and an offer."

Davidson has taken several unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa, including trips to several games last season and a trip just months ago to the Tide's A-Day game. He also attended Alabama's Junior Day this past spring.

Competing for T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, Davidson has the athleticism and size to make scouts sit up and take notice. For some reason the 40-yard dash times were clearly inflated at the NIKE Camp at Auburn, but Davidson is still proud of his efforts. "They told me I ran the forty in 4.66 and 4.72," he said.

In terms of overall athleticism, the vertical jump is an even more important measure. "(At the combine) I measured a 27.3 on the vertical jump," Davidson said. "(Those numbers) had me extremely excited and pleased with my efforts."

Davidson hopes to play tight end on the college level, but he's also competed at offensive tackle on the prep level and is an outstanding high school baseball player. Davidson clearly has the frame to "grow" into an offensive lineman. He also handles long-snapping duties for his team.

He was very happy with his performance at the recent NIKE Combine, but he explains that his bench press numbers weren't as good as he can do. "My weightlifting wasn't up to par due to a sore shoulder (from playing baseball)," he said. "But I know what I can do on the bench press."

During the recruiting process Davidson also reports interest from Florida State, Auburn, West Virginia and MTSU.

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