May 6, 2011

Tide assistant visits Fla. DB

The University of Alabama has made cornerback a priority in its 2011 class, and the Crimson Tide has not one, but two targets at the position from Tallahassee, Fla.

UA assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt stopped by Godby High School in Tallahassee on Thursday to watch practice and see T.J. Davis work out. Alabama is also recruiting Travis Blanks, who plays for a neighboring high school.

Davis has close to 30 offers and says his recruitment is wide open right now. However, the 5-foot, 175-pound defensive back has the Crimson Tide squarely in the mix because of how its defense plays.

"Alabama's great," Davis said. "They always have a great football team and a great defense that's fast and aggressive. They're always going to have athletes everywhere on the field, so it gives me a chance to compete. They run a pro-style defense, so I'm liking it."

The mastermind behind the Alabama defense is head coach Nick Saban, and Davis has been impressed with Saban's track record at UA to this point.

"Nick Saban is a great guy and a great head coach," Davis said. "He went there and after just a few years, he won a national title at Alabama. He's got a great program going, and they have a great coaching staff. There's nothing not to like."

The Florida native visited Tuscaloosa last fall for the Alabama-Florida game where he witnessed first-hand what the atmosphere is like inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"It was great," Davis said. "They had just added onto the stadium, so the atmosphere was great. It was loud. The fans were crazy. I got to see the players walk down at the Walk of Champions. It was nice."

Davis plans to make a return trip this summer for Alabama's camp.

During the recent evaluation period, the Godby High standout has also had coaches from Auburn, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Southern Miss come by the school to visit.

Growing up in Tallahassee with Florida State in his backyard, many would believe the Seminoles would be the team to beat for his signature, but that's not necessarily the case.

"No, there's no real pressure to go to Florida State," Davis said. "I've been here all my life, so I wouldn't mind a change of scenery."

Davis says the main factors he's looking at when choosing a school are the atmosphere, the environment and the way the coaches interact with the players.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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