Few have had the seven days one Yellowhammer State junior prospect has. From scholarship offers, to a big win, to a big recruiting trip, Ben Davis has had a lot going on since Monday.
The contact period open for class of 2016 prospects began and Ole Miss offered shortly after. Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Arkansas, Purdue and several others did the same in the following days. Pair those extensions with earlier offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State and others, and all of a sudden the No. 39 2016 prospect on Scout.com was also the hottest on the trail.
At 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Davis has a lot to like as an outside linebacker prospect, and Alabama was the latest school able to host him on campus for an unofficial visit on Saturday.
“I had a great time in Tuscaloosa, I got to talk to Coach [Nick] Saban, he’s a great coach,” he said. “He had his mind set on the game and thought that the team was really, really set.
“I really enjoyed the game, seeing warmups and how the whole atmosphere was. And Alabama took care of business. I was having fun and enjoying everything about the game. “
Davis isolated the pre-kick festivities as the best part of his trip.
“The best part about it was when they ran out of the tunnel,” he said. “The adrenaline, and all the fans, it was just…it will really bring chills to you. The adrenaline rush, everybody is pumped up, and as you know they took care of business.”
Spending time with Saban was also a noted part of the unofficial visit, a short drive from Gordo (Ala.). Davis’ father, Alabama all-time tackles leader Wayne Davis, didn’t make the trip. Perhaps as a coincidence, the champion coach made it clear to one of the top juniors that his legacy status has little to do with the Crimson Tide’s interest in his signature.
“He told me that he’s recruiting me as Ben Davis, not because of what my dad did or anything like that,” he said. “He watched my film and really likes my film. I’m going to be the one who’s playing, so he’s recruiting me, it’s not about what my dad did or anything like that.”
Davis has always embraced his dad’s legacy and has previously said that he thinks it’s pretty cool to have the chance to follow up with the expectations.
The four-star reiterated it over the weekend.
“My dad actually pushes me hard, knowing what he did,” he said. “It makes me want to play hard and try to beat some of his goals, on and off the field.”
Ranked as the No. 4 outside linebacker in the class of 2016 on Scout, Davis plans on making unofficial visits to Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Georgia this fall, though no dates are yet set. He has no timetable for a decision.
“We’re just going to enjoy the process,” he said.
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