Alabama commitment Jordan Davis celebrates birthday during A-Day visit

Committed to Alabama since December, defensive end prospect Jordan Davis spent his birthday weekend in Tuscaloosa during A-Day festivities. He reflects on his latest time on campus, where he connected with fellow verbal pledges.

A-Day weekend is special to many in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and in the SEC itself. 

But for weeks, Jordan Davis' Twitter feed displayed his anticipation for celebrating his birthday on the same day the school he was committed to, Alabama, showcased its 2017 roster to the football world.

"Me going down for my birthday was a very special moment," he said. "It was crazy, but it was a good experience. It might sound crazy, but literally the whole Tuscaloosa knew about my birthday. My host, the coaches, the assistant coaches, everybody was telling me happy birthday, the recruits, the fans...that's one of the things that I love. 

"That's one of the reasons I committed there, they show so much love to their prospects and to their players."

Even Nick Saban got in on the least for a moment.

"Coach Saban, he's very professional," Davis said. "When I talk to him, I understand everything isn't going to be jokes and games, it's straight business. He told me happy birthday and all but one thing he wanted to sit and talk about were my grades. I told him my grades, how I've been progressing and how I can meet the qualifications to get into Alabama. 

"He felt really good. Actually before A-Day we spoke on the phone and he told me he loved my progression, how I've been showing out at camps and how my grades were."

[Listen to the full interview with Jordan Davis HERE]

Davis' stock has risen since pulling the trigger for the Crimson Tide as a relative unknown in December, with the hometown Memphis Tigers as his only other offer at the time. Since then, programs like LSUGeorgiaTennesseeOle Miss and others have been added to his scholarship list.

The pledge to 'Bama has helped his game develop in multiple facets.

"My mental game, it's gotten very strong since I talked to Nick Saban and committed," he said. "Also, my physical ability to perform as well. Being committed to the number one school is like another motive that makes you keep going. It keeps me focused on them books and to keep doing what I'm doing on the field."

Being committed to the program also had perks the Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind defensive end experienced while in town Saturday. 

"It was epic, it was epic," Davis said. "Having people calling your name and you're not even on the field performing, it was breathtaking. There's actually two moments where it happened to me. The first is when I walked into the stadium on the field, the whole crowd was like, 'Jordan Davis, that's Jordan Davis.' It was serious,  makes me want to stay focused in the game. 

"The other was with my two future teammates, Xavier (Williams) and Trey (Sanders), we were on the field and talking to coach Saban. That just made me feel like, 'this is the team. This is the future.' I am very comfortable with the future.

"It was very good, Xavier and Trey are great young men, two great people. Just being around them and seeing them for the first time made me feel like we've been knowing each other for years. That bond right there made me feel like I knew I made the right choice for my commitment."

Reiterating how solid his pledge is, Davis is still considering other programs as another resort, should something happen on Alabama's end of his recruitment. He has done so from the moment he committed and since, taking trips to Baton Rouge and Knoxville, among other places.

"I hear them and I respect them," he said. "One thing I talk to my mama about it still having opportunities and still having that conversation with other schools because everybody brings different things to the table.

"But I committed for a reason." 

Davis has also committed to play in the Under Armour All-America Game following his senior season at Southwind High. 

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