Tide ‘fell in love’ with Davis on tape

Alabama is the No. 1 team in the land, it has the No. 1 recruiting class in 2015 and is set to play its biggest game of 2014 on Saturday. However, it is still on the ground in recruiting, even getting in the game late for an electric play-maker in the Sunshine State on Sunday. Ryan Davis details his newest offer and much more inside.

Today’s college football enables new prospects to emerge seemingly daily, and it remains true in recruiting from the top programs on down.

The notion was on display Sunday, as Alabama pulled the trigger on three-star senior wide receiver projection Ryan Davis, a constant head-turner at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood High School.

“It was very good news for me. It felt great to hear that I have an offer from Alabama,” he said. “It shows that my hard work is paying off…to have an offer from a school like Alabama, with the athletes, with what they produce in the NFL, is a great feeling.”

The Crimson Tide coaching staff has been aware of Davis’ talent for some time, but there was a feeling that he wanted to remain at quarterback (where he primarily plays at LHS) at the next level despite a 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame. Once the 2015 star debunked the thought, Lane Kiffin and company hit the gas pedal.

“I sent them my receiver film and also my highlight film from this year, and they fell in love with it,” he said. “I’ve been talking to them a lot this month. I heard from Coach Kiffin today, and he had some good news. He talked about me playing the slot position, moving me around a little bit, to do some of the stuff they do with Amari (Cooper) like the bubble screens. Plus punt and kick returns, things to get the ball in my hands.

“(At) The old Alabama, I wouldn’t fit in well. But the way they’re going now, they’re spreading it out more, taking shots down the field like more of a spread team while pounding the ball. I can see myself in that offense and the way they roll with it now. “

A high-profile receiver like Cooper, who is also from Florida, on campus only helps Davis recognize the difference with Kiffin’s version of Nick Saban’s offense. He says he’s studied the tape within his evaluation of the program.

“He’s putting up bigger numbers now,” he said of the former Miami (Fla.) Northwestern standout. “In previous years, he was getting only four or five catches a game. Now, he’s getting nine or 10 and putting up crazy numbers. I could see how much the offense can transform a player.”

Though excited about the new offer, Davis remains in the earlier stages of the recruiting process. He’ll take all five of his officials after the season, and focus on those schools. At this time, though, as many as 10 schools are still in the running for his commitment and subsequent signature.

Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas Texas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, West Virginia were listed, along with Alabama. He expressed scheme as the most important factor in selecting a school, with location not being “too much” of a priority.

Davis, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 52 wide receiver on Scout, says he could visit Tuscaloosa both officially and unofficially before making a final decision.


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