Ben Davis, the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect, moved Alabama ahead of UGA after his official visit this weekend.
That won’t come as much of a surprise. The Gordo, Ala., native is an Alabama priority and he’s also the son of the all-time leading tackler in the program’s vast history.
He said that the two are still close, but that he needed to stay in contact with the coaches at UGA more. That may come as a bit of a surprise since Davis named UGA as his leader shortly after Smart was hired.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner that none of UGA’s coaches have visited him yet. What’s the reason? Davis couldn’t really even say why.
“I don’t know, man,” he said. “I really can’t say. I don’t know.”
Davis also said he wasn’t certain if he would take an unofficial visit back to UGA this month. His last UGA visit was during the season for the Missouri game.
Is that a concern?
“Not really,” Davis said. “If I don’t go back for an unofficial, I have seen everything I have needed to see from Georgia to be able to pick them as my school. I’m just waiting until signing day. I’ll pray about it and talk to my family about my decision over the next few days to see where I want to be.”
How often does Georgia reach out to Davis?
“They talk to me a lot,” Davis said. “Coach (Kirby) Smart was at Alabama, so he has always kept in contact. Coach (Kevin) Sherrer is my primary recruiter there. That’s who I have kept in contact with.”
He said he hears from Sherrer at least once per week, if not more.
What does this mean to those who are reading between the lines? It seems that UGA is making a tactical decision about its chances to eventually pull Davis out of Alabama and choosing to spend its time elsewhere. That seems like the logical conclusion to make.
The five-star recruit plans to take his final official visit to Auburn next weekend.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.