Ben Davis is the nation’s top inside linebacker recruits. He’s a physical beast, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound man monster who has the ability (and tendency, to be fair) to completely take over a game by himself. He’s widely considered the nation’s top future collegiate linebacker, he is one of the top recruits from the state of Alabama, where he plays for Gordo, and he’s a top-20 recruit nationally. Suffice to say, Davis is as blue chip as blue chip comes.
That all makes his acceptance of an Under Armour All-American jersey on the latest stop on the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance a fait accompli. His performance at the game, however, will be anything but.
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“I’m just looking forward to competing and seeing how other guys compete,” Davis told USA TODAY High School Sports. “The reason I picked this game is because a lot of my buddies are going down there. I’m excited to play and show my skills. I just want to get down there and ball out with my friends there.”
The game itself will be the culmination of an exciting time for Davis and the entire town of Gordo. The linebacker is the first Under Armour All-American from the Alabama town with deep football passion and roots, a status that made his Selection Tour event a major to-do on campus.
“It was really exciting,” Davis said. “There were a lot of people in there. The whole school basically shut down. It was really humbling for me, with Under Armour and American Family Insurance being there. I was glad I got to inspire a lot of little kids who came out.
“I think it’s important because I’m the first one from our school to be selected ot the Under Armour game. I think it’s an inspiration to a small town like Gordo to see that doing whatever you want and putting your mind to something it can pan out for you. You just have to work hard and stay humble. I’m thankful for all the support I have and everyone that came out.”
Davis wasn’t kidding about the crowd. There were cheerleaders, a packed gym and a town’s worth of pride oozing out of every crevice in the building.
Born in Arizona before moving to Alabama at the age of 10, Davis has yet to make his collegiate choice, though he has spent plenty of time around campuses across the Southeast. He said he plans to take all of his official visits and take his time with recruiting. For now, he’s much more focused on the job at hand: Winning football games.
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“We’re 8-0 right now. We have a big region game coming up this Friday. I just have been contributing to my team offensively and defensively. Last week I had a touchdown and 14 tackles. I’m a team leader, and here at Gordo if you get less than a state championship that’s not acceptable. Last year, losing in the semifinals on a last second Hail Mary, that made us hungry to get back there and beyond.”