Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with two Alabama Jack linebackers.
Jordan Davis shuts down his recruitment
Jordan Davis has arguably been the most loyal commitment Alabama has had in the 2018 class. Davis, a 4-star Jack linebacker from Southwind High School (Memphis, Tenn.), committed to the Crimson Tide on Dec. 10, 2016, and hasn’t looked back since.
He officially ended his recruitment 366 days later, announcing that he was done with the process. Davis will sign during the first day of the early signing period on Dec. 20.
I’ll admit that when Davis committed to the Tide last year, I had never heard of him. I actually had to reach out to a source close to the program to ask if his commitment was legit. He was a 3-star prospect at the time with offers from Kentucky and Memphis. Since then, Davis has turned into a force on the field. He’s now rated as one of the top 100 prospects in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite, and is the nation’s No. 5 weakside defensive end. He’ll finish his high school career in the Under Armour All-America Game next month.
What’s rare about Davis is that he never once wavered on his commitment to the Tide. Nowadays, commitments still talk to other schools, post about every offer they receive and, most importantly, take visits to other schools, which allow those colleges a chance to change the recruit’s mind.
Davis talked about wanting to visit other schools such as Florida and Tennessee, but he only visited Knoxville once to my knowledge. After Jeremy Pruitt took the Tennessee job, the Volunteers were hoping he’d give one last look to the in-state program, but Davis was set on Alabama.
He visited Tuscaloosa several times this fall for games and was always hanging out with other recruits to try to convince them on committing to Alabama. Davis, in a sense, has been the perfect commitment for the Tide — didn’t waver once, helped recruit others and got significantly better on the field throughout the fall.
Not to mention, the 6-foot-5, 238-pound prospect is one of the nicest guys to talk to. There was a time when Davis and his mother were living in a shelter when he was 5 years old. Things have turned around for his family, but one of the main reasons why he chose Alabama is because he feels like it’s the school that will help him provide for his mother one day.
“Going to Alabama just fits my lifestyle with how I grew up,” Davis told SEC Country. “Competing was something my mom had to do every day when I was a child. She had to compete and we had to fight when we were growing up, and we were poor. At Alabama, I’m going to have to compete every day for what I want.
“Alabama just keeps it 100 [percent] with you. That’s what I really love about them. They’re not going to sell you a dream. But what they do say is that if I work out hard and do well on and off the field, I will have a chance to get to the league. [Outside linebackers] coach [Tosh] Lupoi tells me all of the time that he sees a big-time outside linebacker in myself getting drafted in the next four years.”
Davis will enroll at Alabama this January.
5-star Jack LB KJ Henry explains why he canceled Alabama official visit
KJ Henry, a 5-star Jack linebacker from West Forsyth High School (Clemmons, N.C.), had planned to take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend. He ended up not making it. He explained why he ended up canceling the trip to SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.
“Just some recruit talked with coach [Nick] Saban and there are a lot of secondary guys going to the league, so they’re putting the outside linebackers on the back burner, for right now,” Henry said. “It’s just the guys that are committed now, that is who they’re focusing on. I know Coach Tosh will be hitting me up this week and just letting me know the news about them.”
Henry is saying that one Jack linebacker, who isn’t publicly committed, has already given his word to the Tide. Alabama has Jack linebacker commitments from Davis and Cameron Latu. The most likely addition at Jack is 5-star prospect Eyabi Anoma. He took an official visit this past weekend, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t end up in crimson.
Even if Henry visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend, I don’t think he would have ended up at Alabama, so it’s not truly a big deal that he didn’t make it. Him not being there allowed the coaching staff to spend more time with Anoma.
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