In-state 2016s talk Tide trip

The Crimson Tide is off to a 3-0 start, and some of the state’s top juniors took in the action over the weekend as Alabama moved to the mark. BamaMag spoke to several for the latest.

Among the visitors Alabama hosted during its rout of Southern Mississippi on Saturday, was the state’s No. 2 high school junior prospect. It was Ben Davis’ second straight Saturday in Tuscaloosa, and he’s planning on making it three straight this coming weekend.

“The fans really turned out this game, and I really enjoyed it,” he said.

The trip was different than last week’s unofficial to Alabama, when he spent considerable time with Nick Saban’s coaching staff. This time around, there was a senior five-star committed elsewhere he spent some time with.

Terry Godwin, from Georgia,” Davis said. “Me and him talked about football and really got to know each other. He is committed to Georgia, I told him I’m still undecided. We had a great talk, though.

“It was just football stuff, good little convo.”

The top senior’s advice for one of 2016's best resonated in a heatbeat for the four-star Gordo (Ala.) talent.

“I’m going to take some more visits and see what the different schools have to offer, and then I’m going to see which one is best for me,” he said.

America’s No. 39 junior did get the chance to speak to the staff, and he’s anticipating seeing next week’s opponents’ as well.

“They told me to just keep playing hard,” Davis said of his interaction with UA’s coaches. “I’m definitely going to be there for the Florida game, also. It’s going to be close, I have a great relationship with the coaches down there in Florida, it’s going to be a good one.”

If Davis is one of the most impressive junior defenders in-state, Shawndarius Jennings (pictured) can give him a run in versatility and the eye-test. The younger brother of 2015 Alabama commitment Anfernee Jennings made it to Tuscaloosa as well.

“It was fun, I had a good time,” he said. “I talked with Kirby (Smart) and Nick (Saban). He said I looked good and wanted me to come back next weekend. I probably will.

“I liked the atmosphere, and I got to see one of my former teammates play! Rod Crayton, he plays for Southern Miss.”

The two-way talent, currently pegged as a safety by Scout.com, had his eyes on his potential future position during the contest.

“Their DBs looked really good, Landon Collins had a really good game,” he said.

As they did for Collis three years ago, whenever fans get wind of a potential prospect on campus, the flood gates open up.

“I love the fans! They go crazy out there,” Jennings said. “They knew who I was and everything.”

The Dadeville (Ala.) junior is a three-star, as is return visitor T.J. Simmons. The Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville standout wide receiver says Alabama is recruiting him the hardest.

“I just talked to Coach (Mario) Cristobal a little bit more,” he said. “He was just asking me about my stats from the game and he told me to keep working hard.”

The Crimson Tide will host countless visitors for Saturday’s afternoon tilt with the Florida Gators, and BamaMag will be all over it.


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