5-star Ben Davis talks ‘weird’ night at 'Bama

Not many top prospects are as familiar with Alabama as legacy prospect and five-star Ben Davis, who returned Saturday for the shootout loss to Ole Miss.

Five-star Gordo (Ala.) linebacker Ben Davis is no stranger to Tuscaloosa but his visit for Alabama and Ole Miss Saturday night featured a first.

“The stadium was electric but it just wasn’t ‘Bama’s night. It just felt weird being in Bryant-Denny while Alabama was losing,” he said with a laugh. “It was my first time ever at Bryant-Denny during a loss.

“It really doesn’t affect me because Alabama had a lot of turnovers. They really were shooting themselves in the foot and still ended up almost winning. They will correct their mistakes and get better.”

Davis was among dozens of elite prospects in town for the SEC West showdown turned shootout.

“I was there with Marlon (Davidson), Jeffery Simmons, Mack (Lyndell Wilson), Shyheim Carter, Erroll (Thompson) and I was chilling with Dexter Lawrence, A.J. Brown and Nigel (Warrior), too,” Davis said. “Everyone got to chill and hang out a little longer and I got to meet new people.”

Buzz within the group of elites centered around the youth playing big roles for both the Crimson Tide and Rebels Saturday.

“You know seeing how they have freshman playing, both teams had a lot of freshmen getting a lot of snaps,” he said. “I like to see that because I believe I can play my freshman year, wherever I go.”

Because of the late kick, Nick Saban and his coaching staff used extra time to spend with prospects and their families before kickoff. It reiterated Davis’ status on the board and empasized the need at the inside linebacker position.

“I talked to the whole defensive staff, including coach Saban, Coach (Mario) Cristobal, Coach (Burton) Burns and Coach (Billy) Napier,” he said. “Almost all the coaches came up to me. They pretty much said how Reggie (Ragland) is about to leave and Reuben (Foster) and Shaun Dion Hamilton will be basically the only linebackers. So they said they need me there for the future and they really want me to come to ‘Bama.

“It does (impact me) when a team tells me that I can come in and contribute immediately. That makes me consider them even more.”

Perhaps the feeling has been duplicated at Auburn, the only other program Davis confirms will receive an official visit. The top player in the Yellowhammer State plans on taking all five trips and mentioned both LSU and Florida State as strong possibilities. He says he may set the five schools and/or visit dates this week.

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