Davis pulls the trigger

Long considered a key target for Alabama this recruiting season, offensive tackle Cody Davis made it official last night, committing to sign with the Tide.

According to Davis' father, Bert Davis, Tide Head Coach Mike Shula didn't arrive at the Davis home until around 9 pm for his in-home visit and didn't leave until almost midnight. But obviously it was time well spent for both sides.

"It was the logical choice for Cody," Mr. Davis said. "Alabama was where he wanted to be."

A mammoth offensive tackle, Tuscaloosa's own Cody Davis positioned himself this season as one of the top O-Line prospects in the state. Playing for Hillcrest High School, Davis helped lead the Patriots deep into the state playoffs.

At 6-7, 265 pounds, Cody Davis has a prototype frame to play offensive tackle on the college level.

Sporting a 5.07 best clocking in the 40-yard dash, Davis also has very good feet with a first step that allows him to gain leverage on most defensive ends.

Davis wants the pressure of protecting a quarterback's "blind" left side in college.

Shula was in the Davis home, getting to know the family better and making sure everyone knew how much the coaches wanted Cody to join the Crimson Tide program. As it turned out, there wasn't a lot of "selling" required from the young head coach.

Tall, with broad shoulders and an impressive wingspan, Davis projects as an offensive tackle in college.

"During the meeting Cody voiced very clearly how much he wanted to be at Alabama," Mr. Davis said. "He's actually had his mind made up since the Oklahoma game."

Davis' father and two uncles, Butch and Bryant Davis, all played college football at Wichita State. Butch (not the Cleveland Browns coach) also played pro ball with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. Clearly Cody sports the bloodlines for a collegiate athlete.

Davis seriously considered several schools besides Alabama, including Auburn, Florida, Clemson and South Carolina.

Davis has an official visit set to Alabama scheduled for January 30.

RECRUITING NOTES: Besides Davis, the Tide also has O-Line commitments from Justin Britt (Guard/D-Linemen) and B.J. Stabler (tackle).

Alabama is expected to sign 2-3 more offensive linemen this year, but that number can be misleading. Athletes listed as prep tight ends or defensive linemen could well end up playing on the O-Line in college.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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