Hometown lineman a prospect

A mammoth offensive tackle, Tuscaloosa's own Cody Davis is positioning himself as one of the top O-Line prospects in the state.

At 6-7, 265 pounds, Cody Davis easily has the frame to play offensive tackle on the college level. He played tight end as a sophomore and had a solid year, but his move to offensive tackle as a junior is when he started to maximize his game.

Over the past two years as he has matured into his frame, Davis has worked extremely hard to improve his value to colleges. Since then the scouts have taken notice.

At this point in the recruiting game Davis is hearing from Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Clemson and Auburn, but his in-town school could have an edge. "I really like (head coach) Mike Shula and Alabama," Davis said.

Sporting a 5.07 best clocking in the 40-yard dash, Davis has very good feet with a first step that allows him to gain leverage on most defensive ends.

He graded 86 percent blocking efficiency as a junior for Hillcrest High School, and to prove his confidence in his own ability Davis wants the pressure of protecting a quarterback's "blind" left side in college.

His belief in himself stems from having great bloodlines in his family. Davis' father, Bert Davis, and two uncles, Butch and Bryant Davis, all played college football at Wichita State. Butch (not the Cleveland Browns coach) also played pro ball with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.

As a junior Davis was selected to the All West Alabama Super 11 Team and made Honorable Mention All State.

He has attended camps at Troy State, Nike (Tuscaloosa in 2002 and Auburn this year) and Alabama. The Tide coaches are hoping for a good turnout from numerous top-rated prospects again this year. "I plan to be at their mini camp on June 21st," Davis said.

Davis sports a 28-inch vertical jump, which demonstrates powerful explosion in his legs. He bench presses 315 pounds, squats 500 and hang cleans 315.

In the classroom he carries a 2.6 GPA and made a 16 on the ACT his first attempt. Davis' high school coaches expect him to qualify with no problem.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Blocking for one of the South's top prospects in Markus Manson, there is no way Davis will be overlooked by recruiters. If he has a solid senior season, then Alabama will obviously pursue him, given their very real need for linemen.

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