It started off as a joke.
Scout saw Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind defensive end Jordan Davis smiling ear to ear, revealing red braces installed on his teeth (photo above), and laughed about that making it easy to identify him as an Alabama Crimson Tide commitment.
It turned out to be his plan.
"Yes sir, it was a very important decision," he said. "When I got there they asked if I was a 'Bama commit and I said, 'oh yea! Let's put a little red in there.' I've had my braces since last year, I just got them redone a few weeks ago.
"So it's safe to say I'm very comfortable with 'Bama. It's family. Every time you go up there, the players and things, like Tim Williams and even signees like Vandarius (Cowan) show me a lot of love down there. It makes me feel very comfortable and I love that."
Davis picked up the Alabama offer in December and committed the following weekend.
"Nothing can get better than 'Bama," he said. "It's still Roll Tide."
Named to Scout's top performers list following The Opening New Orleans earlier this month, Davis' mother gave her blessing before he made the verbal commitment. But she also knows the importance of due diligence as other programs continue to offer and recruit the rising senior.
"My mom, she tells me every day that you never know what can happen," he said. "Anything can happen, like me and mom can go poor right now, so every day I go to school she tells me to let these schools talk to me, to give them a chance, because you never know."
Davis visited LSU, one of the programs which recently jumped in with a scholarship offer, in mid March. It was his first recruiting trip to Baton Rouge.
"They want to support me and my family, call me family with the LSU Tigers," he said. "The players and practice surprised me, I never knew it could be that competitive. I've seen it at Alabama, but at LSU practice was very competitive, very loud."