Davis hopes to learn more

Four-star linebacker Ben Davis scored an offer from Notre Dame this week after a conversation with running backs coach Autry Denson. Now Davis hopes to learn more about the Irish program, including the business school.

Ben Davis started to hear from Notre Dame first through a steady trickle of mail.

Then this week the four-star linebacker from Gordo, Ala., touched base with Autry Denson, the new running backs coach. Denson extended a scholarship offer and told Davis the staff would like him to visit whenever possible.

“He wanted me to know first of all that they were really interested in me,” Davis said. “They really want me to come up and visit, see the campus. He gave me the offer and wants me to come up and see what it’s like, come to some games. He wanted me to join the Notre Dame family.”

Davis recently trimmed a long list of offers to a top seven that includes LSU, USC, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

But after scoring an offer from Notre Dame, Davis said it would now “probably be a top eight.”

“I know a little bit about Notre Dame,” Davis said. “They were in the national championship a couple years ago. They produce good players in the NFL. They’ve got a great history and tradition up there. It’s a great school. I heard that they have a good business school too and that’s what I want to major in in college, business. I’m interested in learning more about it.”

Doing so could mean a campus visit sometime this offseason. Davis would also like to see LSU, USC, Florida State and Georgia. Auburn will host the 6-foot-4, 233-pound prospect for an unofficial visit this weekend.

Looking outside the state or even the region for a college destination is something with which Davis is comfortable, especially since it has the blessing of his parents.

Davis is an Alabama legacy.

“It’s not anything that pressures me,” he said. “My folks always tell me wherever I choose to go to school they’re gonna be behind me 100 percent. That’s how I deal with that.”

Important factors for Davis include education and a path to the NFL. Potential position in the defense is farther down the list.

“I like playing inside linebacker,” Davis said. “But wherever the team needs me at. Here at my high school I play outside mostly and I play a little bit of safety. Wherever the team needs me, whether that’s rushing the quarterback or dropping back in coverage or stuffing the run. I’ll do whatever they ask me to do.”

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