Kirby Smart was officially announced as Georgia’s new coach on Monday, and the former Alabama defensive coordinator had already secured a victory prior to taking the podium.
Minutes before Smart’s introduction, five-star linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo, Ala., revealed a list of top schools, and the Bulldogs — to Smart’s credit — led all programs.
Credit Smart and his recruiting efforts, but Davis said he also thoroughly enjoyed his official visit to Georgia on Oct. 16. The combination ultimately led to the Bulldogs becoming the frontrunner in his recruitment just a few months prior to National Signing Day.
“I have a great relationship with coach (Kirby) Smart,” Davis told SEC Country. “When I went to Georgia, coach (Mark) Richt was there, but I really enjoyed my visit in Athens. Both Georgia and Alabama have been at the top of my list. I’m just ready to finally narrow it down pretty soon.”
Among the other programs Davis is considering are Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Auburn, in that particular order. Davis maintained the Crimson Tide, his father’s alma mater, are a close second. Wayne Davis, of course, is the all-time tackling leader in Alabama’s storied history. Per 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, a resounding 100 percent of projections peg Davis heading to Tuscaloosa.
And come January, Alabama will have an opportunity to persuade the five-star prospect a final time. Davis confirmed to SEC Country he will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 29. He will also make stops to Notre Dame (Jan. 15) and Auburn (Jan. 22).
At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Davis is rated as the top inside linebacker in the country, per 247Sports.com.