Trent Davidson talks about his decision

One of the top tight end prospects in the state, Trent Davidson put an end to one recruiting battle this past weekend, committing to sign with Alabama.

Davidson had scholarship offers from most of the premier programs in the South, including Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State and others. But the Brewton native decided to stick with his home-state school

BamaMag.com Recruiting Editor Freddie Kirby caught up with Davidson Sunday and talked with him about his commitment. That Q&A follows:

BamaMag.com: Trent, What were your reasons for choosing Alabama?

DAVIDSON: "This summer I went all over and looked at several great universities. I have attended games and camps at several schools. I put the fact that I was an Alabama fan out of the equation. I studied and looked at every program fairly. I decided that it would be best for me and everyone involved to go ahead and make my decision.

"After evaluating every school, I found that Alabama was the one in my heart that I felt was the right place for me."

BamaMag.com: How many offers did you officially have on the table?

DAVIDSON: "I have 12 offers. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville, Clemson, MTSU, Marshall and UAB. Plus, there are at least 10 more that you could actually call offers."

BamaMag.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

DAVIDSON: "My strengths are my foundation for blocking, the release I get off the line, my hands, plus I have good character and take class seriously.

Trent Davidson at last summer's NIKE Camp.

"My high school staff at T. R. Miller prepares us for college for we have an advanced staff who puts us in every situation possible and makes sure we know our responsibilities.

"My weaknesses that can always improve are my overall body strength and my speed."

BamaMag.com: What is your mindset toward playing another position?

DAVIDSON: "Well I talked to Coach Shula and Coach Bobby Connelly a long time about that and THEY said they are recruiting me strictly for tight end, and I told them that is where I want to be."

BamaMag.com: How did your meeting with Coach Mike Shula go?

DAVIDSON: "It went very good. Since I made my decision, I wanted to tell him personally before I informed anyone else. We got to know each other and had a hand shake agreement. My parents got to meet him personally for the first time, face to face, and it couldn't have been any better."

BamaMag.com: What games have you been to at Alabama this year?

DAVIDSON: "Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arkansas."

BamaMag.com: What are your impressions of Alabama this year and how do you feel you can help?

DAVIDSON: "They are so competitive! The offense is just 1 or 2 plays from being undefeated. The job the coaches are doing is incredible. To come late as they did and play against the level of teams they are and have a chance to win is a credit to their commitment.

"I feel I can help by coming in and learning from Clint Johnston and David Cavan and be a team player. I will do whatever the coaches ask of me whether it is making the crucial block or catching the ball."

RECRUITING NOTE: Davidson will begin his college career at tight end. He also has the athletic ability to contribute at other positions.

Alabama is likely to sign 2-3 tight ends this year that are excellent all-around athletes, with the idea that they can play elsewhere if needed.


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