5-star Ben Davis was ‘ready to strap up’ at Alabama on Saturday

Alabama hosted a who’s who list of prospects for Saturday’s showdown against LSU, including top in-state talent and Scout five-star Ben Davis.

Even for arguably the most familiar prospect at Alabama Saturday night with LSU in town, the atmosphere was apparently something to see.

“It was extremely hype,” Ben Davis said. “Kind of reminded me of the Ole Miss game a few weeks ago that ‘Bama had lost. Defense played lights out all night.  Coming off the bye week they were ready for the challenge.”

The Gordo (Ala.) standout linebacker, a top 15 overall recruit in the Scout100, says he was ready to put on a helmet and shoulder pads for the second-straight night after leading the undefeated Green Wave to an opening round playoff win.

“I wanted to strap up last night,” he said. “You know watching warm-ups and the atmosphere and stuff, seeing the game. You know when a baller be around stuff like that, he’s ready to ball.”

Davis was particularly impressed, like most were and will be, with the Crimson Tide’s front seven and its effort to slow and keep Heisman trophy contender Leonard Fournette under 50 yards in the UA win.

“It was interesting because you see all the highlights on TV from Fournette breaking away at any time,” he said. “But last night it seemed like he just couldn’t get that open crease or find that exact hole that’s been there all year. He couldn’t find it against ‘Bama.”

After the game, among the players, coaches and dozens of elite recruits, it was the enthusiasm shown from the eldest group of men that caught the five-star’s eye.

“Everybody was turnt (up), coaches were turnt, too!” he said with a laugh. “I talked to coach (Bo) Davis after, he was really excited. It makes a big impact, I think.

“Seeing the coaches react to the players after a big win.”

Davis, whose Gordo squad travels to Opp (Ala.) High on Friday night, has an official visit scheduled to LSU next weekend. He continues to focus on a later decision, possibly on national signing day 2016.

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