Ask Raekwon Davis what made him worthy of being a U.S. Army All-American and the response is pretty straightforward: “I’m a massive guy and I’m pretty good at pass rushing. That’s just what I do.”
And he does it well enough to be considered among the top 15 defensive tackle prospects in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in the state of Mississippi, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Davis received his honorary jersey for the Army Bowl on Thursday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to Meridian High.
“It was a great,” he said of the event. “I had my team, and my family there. I’m glad they came out and honored me for the U.S. Army game. I always wanted to play in this game. I know my team and my family are happy that I get the chance.”
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As for the part about him being massive. He stands 6-7 and said he weighs about 345 right now but said he needs to get to 315 to be more effective in college.
“I want my weight to stay there to play in the SEC,” he said.
Davis committed to Alabama in August 2014, but indications are that he could be changing to another school, possibly Mississippi State or Ole Miss in his home state. He said he was still committed to Alabama but also described himself as “open.”
“I’m still trying to figure out where I want to spend the next three or four years,” he said. “I’m just looking around. I haven’t named my top five or anything like that.”
Davis said he also had not determined his visits. He has twice visited Alabama unofficially this season and also made an unofficial visit to Florida State in September.
Davis is a power lifter and a shot-putter at Meridian, where his personal best is 48 feet. His high school football career ended last week when his team lost to Petal, 36-28 in a 6A semifinal.
“I think the way I played was great this season, “ he said. “But it’s going to take a little more learning and work on my technique (in college).”