There may not have been a more talked about recruit in the month leading up to National Signing Day than Raekwon Davis.
Davis, an Alabama four-star defensive tackle signee from Meridian (Miss.) High School, spoke with SEC Country about what actually happened on Jan. 17, the day he visited Mississippi State.
There were several reports that he had flipped his commitment from Alabama to Mississippi State and several more reports stating he did not actually commit to the Bulldogs. On that day, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, through his verified Twitter account, tweeted out that the Bulldogs gained a commitment. That tweet was retweeted by Davis, who changed his Twitter bio to “Committed to MSU.” Needless to say, it was a mess. Davis claimed his Twitter account was hacked on that day and maintained his commitment to Alabama, despite the appearance of his profile.
The 6-foot-7, 327-pounder eventually signed his letter of intent on signing day and will ultimately play for the Crimson Tide. It should be noted that Davis also signed a letter of intent with Jones Junior College. He has some academic issues he needs to work on in order to be on Alabama’s roster this fall. He goes into detail about that, too.
For the first time since that Jan. 17 fiasco, Davis says what actually happened that day and if he actually did commit to Mississippi State.
Q: What actually happened on the day you visited Mississippi State? Obviously, there was some drama there with your Twitter account claiming you had flipped to Mississippi State.
Davis: I didn’t commit. I still don’t know how word got out like that. I think one guy tweeted out that I had committed to State. That one tweet went viral.
Q: Your Twitter account posted tweets saying you had flipped and the account retweeted Mullen’s message saying you flipped. Can you explain how that happened?
Davis: I don’t know what happened. I think I left my phone with one of the Mississippi State players when I was on that visit and they were posting that stuff. I don’t know. It was just crazy.
Q: So are you saying a Mississippi State player did it then?
Davis: I don’t really know who did it. It got hacked, though.
Q: If you didn’t commit, why do you think Coach Mullen tweeted out that his program earned a commitment? You were the only one that was associated with committing to that program on that day.
Davis: I don’t know.
Q: What was going through your mind that day? I’m sure your phone was blowing up from Alabama coaches and reporters.
Davis: I was very angry. Everybody was calling me and blowing up my phone to see what happened. It just wasn’t true.
Q: Can you explain why one Mississippi State signee told me that he saw you give your commitment to the Bulldogs coaching staff?
Davis: That’s not true at all. Nope.
Q: Who handled this situation for you? Who was the one person you called to help you navigate through that situation?
Davis: I called my coach at Meridian and he helped me handle it because I didn’t know what was going on.
Q: To be 100 percent clear here, you never committed to Mississippi State and you were always 100 percent committed to Alabama?
Davis: Yes, sir.
Other Alabama recruiting rewinds:
- Jared Mayden says some coaches called Nick Saban ‘Nick Satan’
- Quinnen Williams on why he signed with Alabama over his childhood dream school, Auburn
- Nigel Knott explains why he was disappointed with his father’s alma mater
- Joshua Jacobs says one SEC school talked down on Alabama after he committed
- Lyndell “Mack” Wilson explains why the No. 3 means so much to him, and he talks about how long is recovery is going to be from surgery
- Scott Lashley details how Les Miles indirectly negatively recruited Alabama
Q: You took a surprise trip to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 23. What made you visit that weekend?
Davis: I thought the Alabama coaches believed that Mississippi State had a shot at me. I didn’t want the coaches to feel that way, so I had to take that visit and tell them what the truth was.
Q: What did the Alabama coaching staff tell you when all of this was going down?
Davis: They were just telling me to do what’s best for me. That’s really about it. They were really confused about the situation. They wanted details as to what happened.
Q: What did you tell them?
Davis: I told them what happened. They didn’t care about how everything went down. I confirmed my commitment on that trip.
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— Raekwon Davis (@Raekwondavis_99) January 28, 2016
Q: You signed two letters of intent, one with Alabama and with Jones Junior College. Have you figured out if you are going to play at Jones?
Davis: I can’t say right now. I don’t know. I still have some work to do. I’m hoping to just go straight to Alabama.
Q: What do you need to do in order to get to Alabama?
Davis: I just have to improve my grades. I got a 19 on my ACT (he does not know what his sum score was, which is what the NCAA uses to determine eligibility). I know I need to get all A’s and B’s on my report card.
Q: Are you confident that you’ll be able to qualify?
Davis: Yes I am confident. It’s not hard. I just need to continue working hard.
Q: Is it fair to say that Mississippi State came in second place for your commitment?
Davis: It was really hard for me to tell (LSU defensive line coach Ed) Orgeron that I wasn’t going to LSU. They were really my No. 2 school. Coach Orgeron is a great coach. He knows what he’s doing. He’s just a really great coach.
Q: Why was LSU your No. 2 school and not Mississippi State?
Davis: It just has to do with Coach Orgeron. He’s a great dude. He’s such a great coach.
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips?
Davis: You know (Alabama CB signee) Nigel (Knott) is buckwild. We were out in T-Town when we visited together and Nigel started doing flips in the middle of the road. I just walked away from him. I was embarrassed.
Q: Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest?
Davis: Coach (Hugh) Freeze at Ole Miss. He’s a really cool coach. He’s another really great dude.
Q: If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
Davis: Don’t let this process get to your head. Don’t let all of the offers get to you. You have to stay on the grind.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.