Tide tracking teammates

Alabama hosted some of the top prospects in the country last weekend with Texas A&M in town, but local talent made the trip to campus as well. One could argue that in the 2016 class, Montgomery Carver teammates Lyndell “Mack” Wilson and Marlon Davidson are as high on Nick Saban’s board as any junior pair.

One has a brother at Auburn, another has a very close friend playing at Alabama, each would like to attend the same school.

There’s plenty of uncertainty when it comes to the possibility of the Montgomery (Ala.) Carver package deal between 2016 Scout100 members Lyndell Wilson and Marlon Davidson.

One thing the pair won’t have a shortage of is options, as most of the SEC and beyond have already jumped on board with each prospect. Alabama is of course at the forefront of the discussion, and each made a return trip to Tuscaloosa for last weekend’s gaudy win over Texas A&M.

“Oh, I was at that game wondering, ‘man, is this the same team that played Arkansas?’ It was real good,” Davidson said. “I love the coaches, man. Nick Saban showed his true colors to me and I like that about him. He looked at my film and actually broke down what I did wrong and what I did right, he said I’d be a great addition to the team.”

The 6-foot-4, 256-pound defensive end can do a bit of everything within a front-seven, and schools have recruited him as such, including the Crimson Tide.

”I would love to play outside linebacker and a five-technique (defensive end),” he said. “They told me that I’m normally a four or five-technique guy, but if they needed me at the three I could get a real good pass rush and come out with a sack.

“Their chances are pretty high, but I’m just keeping my schools level at this moment. They’re really a good school.”

Wilson’s prospects at the next level are a bit more defined, as most college programs envision him as an outside linebacker or coming off of the edge. His ascent as a recruit has become a steady one, as he’s currently the No. 1 junior prospect in the Yellowhammer State, and a five-star.

This season, he’s felt like there’s been a target on his back, but he’s embraced the role among his Wolverine teammates.

“The guys look up to me, and expect me to make plays when I’m supposed to,” he said. “It’s a good feeling, but I don’t let it get to my head and go crazy out there.”

That adjective was used by many in watching the Alabama-A&M game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“They just came out, those guys were pumped up,” Wilson said. “Blake Sims put on a show, and the defense kind of crunk it up, too. Those guys, Reggie Ragland, Landon Collins, they just played awesome ‘Bama ball.”

In addition to taking in the game itself, the top-five junior in the country continued to hear from plenty of coaches at the Capstone. He admits to becoming more comfortable on campus.

“I feel I can go up there any time that I want to, they’re getting to know me,” Wilson said. “Shaun Hamilton is up there, I like Kirby (Smart), he’s a real cool guy. I’m still getting to know him, it feels alright up there.

“They’re focused on growing the relationship, just telling me about a lot of things and just keeping me updated, basically.”

While each top junior wants to play together, Davidson and Wilson both say they’re not close to narrowing down any lists or making a commitment.


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