The offseason has been good to Raekwon Davis.
The four-star Alabama commit earned his way to the finals of Nike Football’s The Opening after dominating his competition at the New Orleans regional event, and was named a “Final 5” defensive lineman at the event in Oregon last week.
His motor is high and his first step so explosive that college coaches and scouts take notice. So much so that Scout added a fourth star to Davis’ ranking.
On Friday, the good news kept coming. Davis received his invite to the U.S. Army All-American Game. On top of that, he was named the fifth member of the Dandy Dozen.
Stat breakdown: 31 tackles (13 solo), 4.0 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 QB hurry as a junior.
Rankings: Four-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout and a three-star by Rivals. Ranked No. 13 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22.
What makes him a Dandy: Davis’ junior stats don’t tell the full story of how dominant he is. His size – 6-foot-7.5, 318 pounds – makes him hard to miss, but what the four-star prospect does with that size is the reason he’s the most physically imposing player in Mississippi. More times than not, Davis is going to be on the receiving end of a double or triple team, but he still manages to anchor and hold the line of scrimmage. He moves well for a player of his size and has shown he can force elite offensive linemen into the backfield with his strength. Upside is the key word with Davis. While he’s known for his skills as a defensive tackle, the senior also plays on the offensive line at Meridian. Some colleges like Davis on that side of the ball, too, given his weight and leverage. No matter where he plays in high school or at the next level, the mega prospect is going to have an advantage with his physical stature to dominate his opponents and create opportunities and gaps for his teammates.
Where he’s going: The defensive tackle has been committed to Alabama for 11 months, but Mississippi State and LSU have continued to heavily pursue the four-star product. He was one of six Crimson Tide commitments on Team Alpha Pro at The Opening, and with size like his not available all that often, Nick Saban and his staff will do a lot to hang on to the elite prospect.
Best time to catch him this fall: Sept. 4 vs. Wayne County. The potential Raekwon Davis/Benito Jones match up (if Davis is playing outside on the offensive line) is highly anticipated.
What they said: “His gift is physical,” Meridian coach Larry Weems said. “His arms, he can reach from county line to county line. His wing span is enormous. He’s enormous. Now he just has to keep learning the game, learn what to do and keep working hard to develop the mental and physical skills.”
Worth noting: Davis is the 14th Dandy Dozen selection from Meridian. The last was current Ole Miss safety C.J. Hampton in 2013.
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