Davis finishes official visit

Having already committed to Alabama last week, Drew Davis wasn't looking to be convinced of anything this weekend. But he definitely came away from his official visit to the Tide campus believing he had made the right choice.

"The visit really went great," Davis told TheInsiders.com in a recent interview. "It was a lot of fun."

So far Alabama has taken commitments from 21 different athletes, most of whom (like Davis) are from the state. Recruiting pundits are having to dust off old magazines to find the last time the Tide was so dominant within its own state boundaries.

"It feels great to be a part of such a talented class," Davis said. "I'm glad I took advantage of the offer."

Besides Davis, the Tide coaches have garnered commitments from virtually all the top offensive line prospects in the state of Alabama, including guard Justin Britt, guard/center Antoine Caldwell and tackles Cody Davis and B.J. Stabler.

Some say the group could be Bama's best O-Line class in recent memory.

"I certainly hope so," Davis said. "I'm going to try hard and make it turn out that way."

Drew Davis says he is close friends with fellow Bama commit Trent Davidson.

Competing for small Sparta Academy in Evergreen, Davis stays busy year-round playing sports. Now he's concentrating on hoops, competing at center for his high school.

Davis commented, "I'm playing basketball right now. In my last game I scored 26 points and had 23 rebounds."

Given the small-school competition, it's not surprising that an athlete of Davis' size could dominate on the court.

"They measured me (on the official visit) at 6-7 and 285 pounds, but I think I'll end up 6-8," Davis said.

Drew's father is only around 5-11, but Mr. Davis promises his son came by his size naturally. "He got his height from his grandfather on his mother's side. He was 6-6. Drew is still growing. The doctors think he'll end up 6-8."

Some scouts project him at guard, but Davis' height and wingspan could spell offensive tackle.

"The coaches are telling me that I'll probably be an offensive tackle with my size," Davis said.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 24 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

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


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