Tide ‘compared me to Richard Sherman'

Alabama has long targeted two things in looking for elite defensive backs and it's as true in the class of 2015 as it ever has been – size from Florida. It hit matches on each on Thursday night in offering Miami-area cornerback Carlton Davis, who was compared to an NFL star by the Crimson Tide coaching staff.

Carlton Davis has a pair of things going for him as a defensive back that make a lot of college football recruiters salivate. He's from South Florida and he's got size.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, the Miami (Fla.) Norland defensive back prospect has been as hot as it gets of late in adding scholarship offers, and Alabama's is the most recent.

"It feels great knowing my hard work paid off," he said. "I'm just trying to stay humble."

A familiar name in the Miami area delivered the news on Nick Saban's behalf.

"Coach [Mario] Cristobal told me," Davis said. "It was a surprise. I love the program, I love both the offense and the defense.

"They like me on defense, though, as a cornerback."

[Carlton Davis' junior highlights available HERE]

The current three-star prospect on Scout.com played a lot of safety as a junior, but did see considerable time at cornerback as well.

"They like how I was a big physical corner, how I can run and that I have size," he said. "They compared me to (Seattle Seahawks cornerback) Richard Sherman."

Davis does a bit of everything for the Vikings, but he didn't mind being compared to a dominant defensive back that just helped his team to a Super Bowl win.

"Of course," he said laughing. "But I don't know who I play like, honestly."

Miami, Florida and Clemson are the latest offers on the growing list for one of Florida's top class of 2015 defensive backs, which also includes several additional SEC and ACC programs. The spike of attention headed his way has him in no rush to make a decision or even to narrow things down in recruiting.

"I'm going to wait it out until I'm ready," Davis said. "I'm looking for education first, the football program and the area it's locates at, too. Distance is not much of a factor."

In the meantime, visits to multiple schools are possible this spring and summer, though the local program is the only one penciled in to host him right now.

"Just Miami for spring practice," Davis said of his plans. "But I want to try and get to South Carolina, Alabama and Florida this summer."

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