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 one of Alabama’s top running back targets in the 2019 class.
Tyrion Davis a frequent visitor to Tuscaloosa
Tyrion Davis lives in Baton Rouge, La., and is committed to LSU, but the elite running back thinks he’s checked out Alabama more than the school located in his city.
“I’ve actually probably been to Alabama more than I have to LSU,” Davis said with a laugh. “I just feel wanted up there. I’m always in communication with the coaches. My former teammate [freshman linebacker] Chris Allen is always trying to get me to come up there and is telling me how great it is. I know if he’s telling me that, then I am definitely going to take his word on that.”
Davis, a 4-star prospect from Southern University Lab High School, was close with Allen when they were teammates. Davis knew that Allen was silently committed to the Crimson Tide for a few months prior to him going public with his decision. He also knows freshman wide receiver DeVonta Smith and freshman linebacker Dylan Moses, who he played with on the same team in little league, well.
The nation’s No. 12 running back in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports, was back at Alabama this past weekend with his teammate, 5-star offensive guard Kardell Thomas, who we wrote about on Thursday.
Davis keeps on coming back to Tuscaloosa because, as he says, he just loves it there. He has already seen all he needs to see out of the Tide.
“To be honest with you, not really,” Davis said when asked if he had any questions he still needed answers to about Alabama. “They show me love like I’m committed to them. They’re family-oriented up there. That’s going to play a big role in my final decision. They’re right behind LSU.”
Alabama already has a running back committed in the 2019 class in 4-star prospect Trey Sanders. Davis has been told by the Tide staff that the plan in the 2019 class is to take two running backs. That makes sense. Alabama would only have Josh Jacobs, who would be a senior, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson, who would both be juniors, and then the Class of 2018 running back.
I speak to plenty of high school football players who would be turned off to the idea of having that many players ahead of him on the depth chart. Not Davis. He likes how Alabama plays many running backs, and he believes that’s what makes the Tide so successful in the backfield.
“A lot of people want to be the guy wherever you go, but you don’t want to be the guy who is banged up all of the time,” Davis said. “There are some teams that just depend on one player at running back. On the high school level, that’s understandable. But on the collegiate level, you want to get a couple of reps here and a couple of reps there. All that matters in college is how fresh you are and not about getting the ball every time. You need to be as fresh as possible because of the kinds of defenses you’ll be going up against.”
It’s definitely going to be tough for the Tide to flip Davis from LSU. He grew up wanting to play for the Tigers, but so did his good friend Allen. Allen received a lot of negative comments from the Baton Rouge community when he chose Alabama. Davis saw some of the messages Allen received, but he’s not worried about it right now.
“I’m 100 percent committed to LSU, but I’m still looking at all of my options,” Davis said. “Anything can change. LSU looks like they are getting a little loaded in the backfield in the 2018 class. My recruitment isn’t over.
“I’m not worried about what the people are saying [in Baton Rouge]. At the end of the day, it’s my decision on where I want to go to college and where I want to spend four years at.”
In addition to Alabama, Davis said he’s still giving a hard look at Southern California and Michigan.
Assistants on road on Friday
Alabama outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi and wide receivers coach Mike Locksley will visit Berkeley Prep to see 4-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. Petit-Frere is the Tide’s top tackle target in the 2018 class. He’s strongly considering Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Lupoi and Locksley will also visit IMG Academy, which is the home of Tide commits Sanders, Stephon Wynn Jr. and Deyavie Hammond.
Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley will be in the Mobile area to watch Alabama cornerback commitment Jalyn Armour-Davis.
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