Alabama leapfrogged Georgia for the top spot on the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker’s list.shortly after his official visit to Tuscaloosa. Two days later, Nick Saban paid him a visit at his high school.
Ben Davis, a five-star prospect from Gordo (Ala.) High School, told SEC Country’s Chuck Kingsbury that Saban’s message Tuesday was to pretty much that he could take over the spot of a potential first-round NFL draft pick.
“(Saban) told me he wants me to come to Alabama,” Davis said. “He said I’m a smart enough guy to take Reggie Ragland’s spot on the defense with the play-calling and everything. He said I’m going to have to contribute early.”
One part in particular about his conversation with Saban Tuesday stuck out to Davis. The potential to play with the starters from Day 1.
“He said if I come to Alabama, I’m going to have to play. That stuck out to me,” he said. “I feel like I can contribute as a freshman anywhere.”
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who is the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis, said his father has made it clear which school he’d like his son to attend, but he isn’t pressuring him in any direction. When he announces his decision on National Signing Day, it is going to be what Ben wants to do.
“He’s not really big on social media, but him being an alumni of Alabama, of course, he’d love for me to go to that school,” he said. “He understands I have my own decision (to make). He doesn’t pressure me or anything like that.”
Later on in the day, Davis received a visit from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. He’ll take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.
Davis will announce his commitment on ESPNU at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 3.