SEC Country’s Defensive Recruit of the Week: Nation’s No. 1 ILB has dominant performance
Every Sunday, SECCountry.com will unveil its offensive and defensive recruits of the week based on their weekend performance. In order to qualify, recruits must have at least two SEC offers. This week’s SECCountry.com Defensive Recruit of the Week honors goes to Ben Davis, the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country, out of Gordo High School (Ala.).
SECCountry.com’s Defensive Recruit of the Week: Ben Davis
Ben Davis gets the nod for SEC Country’s Defensive Recruit of the Week honors following an impressive two-way performance against American Christian High School over the weekend. The No. 1 inside linebacker in the country put up some impressive defensive numbers and flashed on offense, too, as Gordo High School topped American Christian, 49-28.
- 10 tackles
- One interception
- One pass deflection
- Two receptions for 57 yards
- One receiving touchdown
“I just came into the game knowing my team needed the win and I was determined to do everything I could to help us,” Davis told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “I knew this was a big game for us so I came in pumped up and ready to ball out.”
Just last week, the 5-star linebacker told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he plans to take official visits to Florida State, LSU, Alabama and Auburn this fall. His fifth and final trip will either be to USC or UGA. He’ll make the official announcement sometime this week.
Best of the Rest
ATH, Jamyest Williams, Archer High School, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Undecided) — The 4-star athlete from Archer has been arguably the most productive prospect in the state of Georgia this season. Against Berkmar High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Williams registered seven tackles, including three for loss, two interceptions and one pick-six en route to Archer’s 49-0 win. Williams was among several top-rated recruits in attendance for UGA’s home game against Alabama over the weekend.
ATH, Malcolm Askew, McAdory High School, McCalla, Ala. (Undecided) — Askew flashed on both sides of the ball in McAdory’s 41-35 win over Bessemer High School (Bessemer, Ala.). The 4-star uncommitted prospect recorded five tackles and an interception. He also added five receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown to his stat line. Askew was in attendance for the UGA-Alabama game over the weekend. He is set to release a top 30 soon.
DL, Quinnen Williams, Wenonah High School, Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama) — The Alabama commit looks to fit right in on a productive Crimson Tide defensive line next season. Over the weekend, the 3-star defensive lineman put on a dominant display in Wenonah’s 18-6 win over Carver-Birmingham. Williams recorded 12 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, two sacks and four hurries, according to AL.com’s Drew Champlin.
DE, Emmit Gooden, Haywood High School, Brownsville, Tenn. (Undecided) — Gooden, a 4-star defensive end, recorded eight tackles and a sack in Haywood’s 21-20 loss against Hardin County. Gooden took an unofficial visit to Kentucky last weekend. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama round out his top five. LSU, however, appears to be the early favorite.
DB, Xavier McKinney, Roswell High School, Roswell, Ga. (Alabama) — McKinney, who committed to Alabama last week, showed off his playmaking skills in Roswell’s 48-14 win over Walton High School. The 4-star safety registered five tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. He was all over the field. McKinney told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he is still open to other schools, including Clemson and Tennessee, despite his recent commitment to Alabama.
Other Notes: 5-star defensive back Deangelo Gibbs of Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) had three tackles and one reception for a touchdown in a quarter of play … David Marshall, a 3-star defensive end from Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.), suffered a sprained ankle against West Laurens … 4-star safety Nigel Warrior recorded four tackles in Peachtree Ridge’s 56-0 win over Duluth … 5-star cornerback William Poole recorded five tackles in Hapeville Charter’s 13-7 loss to Wesleyan High School