MERIDIAN, Miss. — Alabama will add 6-foot-7, 330-pound defensive lineman Raekwon Davis to its roster this fall, after all.
The four-star behemoth committed to both Alabama and Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, Miss.) on signing day in February, a maneuver that gave him a backup landing spot if his work in the classroom did not improve.
But Davis recently told SEC Country he’s officially headed to Tuscaloosa next month.
The NCAA requires student-athletes to attain a certain score on a sliding scale that combines the prospect’s grade-point average and standardized test scores; a low ACT score had been the primary culprit behind Davis’ uncertain future.
“That was really the only thing holding me back,” he said Thursday night.
SEC Country confirmed Davis’ eligibility (based on current grade-point average and test scores) with Jones coach Steve Buckley.
“I’m glad he’s going to Alabama,” Buckley said Monday.
Now the question becomes: Will he see the field immediately?
Davis played in a 3-4 defense at Meridian High, alternating between defensive end and nose guard. Crimson Tide coaches told him he should expect to take up multiple blockers at one of the edge positions.
If he can break into a star-studded lineup, that is.
“I don’t care what their name is,” Davis said. “I don’t look at that. I don’t care at all. As long as a man can bleed, that’s all I need to know.”