Blowout has impact on legacy LB

Alabama hosted plenty of supreme targets on Saturday for its big win over Texas A&M, some more familiar with campus than others. Legacy prospect and 2016 four-star Ben Davis was among them and admits the guady performance makes an impact on his recruitment.

Ben Davis may be Alabama's most frequent visitor this fall, and he's not even on the commitment list in the class of 2016. In fact, Nick Saban's junior class has yet to add a prospect from within the state borders.

But there's no debating who the most familiar is, as the Crimson Tide legacy made it back to Bryant-Denny once again on Saturday for the Texas A&M game.

"I had fun, met up with some dudes I went to camp with," Davis said. "I forgot some of their names but I remember their faces. I had fun, though, Alabama took care of business."

Each time the Gordo (Ala.) four-star and Scout 100 talent makes it to Tuscaloosa, there always seems to be a goal in mind. In addition to checking out second-level defenders like himself, he was able to further at least one coaching relationship.

"I talked with Coach Bo Davis, he was asking me how our team was doing and how I was doing," he said. "They still recruit me hard, they just create great relationships. I'm really getting to know a lot of people."

With so many recruits in town, including current Alabama commitments, Davis was bound to hear from one or two of the most vocal recruiters on Saban's list.

He actually heard from the top two.

"Me and Mekhi Brown talked, and me and Blake Barnett talked also," Davis said. "They're cool, I know Mekhi real well. You know he is a senior and he is committed already, but we were just talking about the game and our different schools."

When asked if there was also recruiting pitches from the 2015 UA commitments, the response was a swift one.

"You know it," he said. "They were telling me how great it ('Bama) is and stuff."

Davis' father Wayne, Alabama's all-time tackles leader, has been honest about wanting his son to play at his old school, but the rest of the family has been neutral with his potential landing spots.

"I went with my auntie, they said they will be glad wherever I go," he said of the she and his mother, who also attended Alabama.

With family in town, recruits in his ear, a developing relationship with the staff and a rout on the field -- a day like Saturday has a lasting effect on the state's No. 2 junior.

"Alabama showed out," Davis said. "I was watching the linebackers, specifically, but a game like that does make an impact. They are playing great football. Tre (DePriest), Reuben (Foster) and Reggie (Ragland) impressed. They all played pretty good.

"I'd say I'm a combination of all of them."

Davis, who is currently tabbed as's No. 39 overall prospect in the class, says he will likely return to Auburn this coming weekend with South Carolina in town.

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