Nation's top inside linebacker and Georgia recruit, Ben Davis, has a busy January ahead

The recruiting process is nearing an end for five-star Ben Davis, but not before plenty of visits and evaluation.

The time is drawing near for five-star Ben Davis, one of the nation's most coveted recruits over the last few years. 

Official visits to Georgia and LSU are in the books and he'll see the remaining programs in his top five -- AlabamaAuburn and Notre Dame -- this month before a nationally televised decision on February 3. 

"I'm going to take it all the way to signing day to see where I'm comfortable and where I fit the best at," he said. "So this weekend I'm going up to Notre Dame, then Auburn and then the last weekend I'll go to Alabama. It may be subject to change with 'Bama and Auburn, they may flip-flop."

The in-state Tigers have been in on him for years and its latest hire of Kevin Steele brings more familiarity to the race.

"He recruited me at Alabama, also, and then he became my recruiter at LSU," Davis said. "And now that he's at Auburn, he still stays in contact with me. He's a great guy, a lot of people don't know that he went to school in Gordo. We maintain a great relationship and I can't wait to take my official visit down there to see how I like it."

The trip to South Bend will be Davis' first.

"I just want to see how I like it," he said. "I've heard a lot about the history, the tradition, they've won national championships, too. Coach (Autry) Denson has been recruiting me since my tenth grade year, so we've just maintained contact with each other. He says once I visit I'm going to fall in love with it, so I can't wait to get up there this weekend."

Tuscaloosa remains the local option, though it is now fresh off of a national championship crown.

"You know I watched that game, man," he said with a laugh. "I wasn't surprised...the defense played well and special teams really did well. I think O.J. (Howard) really came out and 'Bama just played 'Bama ball. I'm glad they ended up winning, that was my prediction.

"It matters. I'm a winner, so I don't want to go to a school that settles for losing. Winning is a factor in choosing a school, but at the same time only one school can win."

Many coaches from Alabama are now in Athens heading up the Bulldog charge, led by Kirby Smart.

[Listen to the entire Ben Davis interview]

UGA remains Davis' top school.

"I really enjoyed my trip to Georgia last fall, and now that Coach Smart is there it boosts them even higher," he said. "Coach (Mel) Tucker, he's a great coach, too, really knows his football. So I'm going to see if I can get back over there for an unofficial, but that would have to be during the week if I have to go.

"But me and coach Smart have a great relationship, so we'll see what falls into place."

Going into the process' final phase, Davis says he has a lot of factors to evaluate before a final decision.

"Just stay tuned on national signing day," he said. "It's going to be interesting."

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