Jalyn Armour-Davis won the Alabama Class 5A 100-meter state championship with a time of 10.87 seconds this spring. Armour-Davis was the only runner in the race to break the 11-second barrier. Even more impressive, he posted the blistering time on a tight hamstring.
That’s the kind of athlete Armour-Davis is, and now, Armour-Davis is an Alabama football commit. Armour-Davis announced his commitment Friday afternoon.
He wasn’t done winning gold medals, though. Armour-Davis also won gold in the triple jump, posting a mark of 44 feet, 5.5 inches. His worst triple jump on the day was 44 feet, 3/4 inches. That mark would’ve won a gold medal, too. His elite athleticism is why he had schools such as Alabama, Auburn and Florida State trying to get him on board.
When you turn on Armour-Davis’ football film, the first things you notice are his ball skills and speed. The St. Paul’s Episcopal School standout plays wide receiver and cornerback for the Saints. He excels at both positions. Last season, he had 31 tackles and 3 interceptions on defense and 3 TD receptions on offense.
Armour-Davis has shown the capability to play on and off coverage because of his smooth transition skills and ability to play the ball. He weighs 165 pounds but will be able to add weight in Scott Cochran’s weight program.
The importance of Jalyn Armour-Davis‘ commitment
Alabama desperately needs some top cornerbacks this year after signing zero in the Class of 2017. The Crimson Tide had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country once again, but the lack of a corner was a glaring hole.
The Crimson Tide secondary in 2018 will see a lot of turnover as Tony Brown and Anthony Averett will move on after exhausting their eligibility and Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison are likely candidates to declare for the NFL draft.
If we go by who ran with the first-team defense in the spring game, that would leave Trevon Diggs as the lone returning starter in the secondary in 2018. Class of 2016 DBs Jared Mayden, Aaron Robinson and Shyheim Carter haven’t played meaningful minutes yet, and Nigel Knott redshirted last season.
Getting Armour-Davis, the state’s top-ranked defensive prospect, on board is a good start for what could be a busy few weeks for Alabama.
And what an excellent job by the Alabama coaches to get Armour-Davis, one of the Tide’s top priorities. Just four months ago, Alabama was not in his top six.
While the Tide only have 5 commitments in the Class of 2018, one source close to the program told SEC Country that it would not be a surprise if the team had around 15 by the end of summer. Remember, Nick Saban already confirmed that the team can sign only 22 players this cycle.