Hailing from the farming town of Gordo, Alabama, Ben Davis, the nation's top linebacker, stretched his recruitment out over the course of two full years, despite most everyone considering him to be a lock to come to his father's alma mater the entire time.
Amidst the coaching changes and general turmoil involved in college football, Davis has remained rather tight-lipped about his preferences. After Kirby Smart left to coach Georgia, Davis showed a significant uptake in interest in the Bulldogs, and a visit to Auburn last weekend caused him to rethink a recent declaration that Alabama was his leader.
Occasionally, however, the media actually gets things right. The 10th-ranked player in the nation and the state of Alabama's top player was destined to be the next in line of elite middle linebackers for the Crimson Tide. With the recent decommitments of linebackers Riley Cole and Jaquan Yulee, the Crimson Tide had no linebackers committed for their 2016 recruiting class, and Davis will be the first. Linebackers such as Lyndell Wilson, Terrell Hall, and Mique Juarez will all make their final decisions later today, and the Tide has a good shot at adding a few more partners for Davis.
Davis joins Jonah Williams as the only 5 star players in Alabama's class so far, and is easily the highest rated player of this group.
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