Top 15 defensive tackle Raekwon Davis' commitment saga continues

Top 15 defensive tackle Raekwon Davis' commitment saga continues

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Top 15 defensive tackle Raekwon Davis' commitment saga continues

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Raekwon Davis’ Twitter bio Sunday indicated he was committed to Alabama, changed to Mississippi State and then back to Alabama. If that sounds confusing, then trust that you’re not alone.

Which school Davis, a Meridian (Miss.) defensive tackle who is ranked as the No. 12 player at his position, is actually committed to remains a matter of some debate, and supplied plenty of drama coming out of the first official visit weekend in January.

Shortly before noon on Sunday, multiple sources confirmed to Gannett partner The Clarion-Ledger that the 6-foot-7.5, 318-pounder had flipped his commitment from Alabama to Mississippi State during his official visit in Starkville. Davis initially committed to the Crimson Tide prior to the start of his junior season but has remained open throughout the recruiting process.

Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen tweeted “#CLANGA #STATEsquad16,” which he has tweeted in the past coinciding with commitments the Bulldogs have added to their 2016 class. MSU defensive line coach David Turner also tweeted “#Clanga” around the same time. Davis gave quotes to Mississippi State’s Scout and 247Sports.com sites indicating he was, in fact, committed to the Bulldogs.

After news of his flip broke, multiple reports surfaced saying Davis had not decommitted and was still an Alabama pledge. Davis, via his Twitter account, told The Clarion-Ledger that information was false and he had indeed flipped to Mississippi State. He later changed his Twitter bio to “Committed to MSU.”

But things got messy again later in the afternoon. Several Alabama-based reporters Tweeted that they had spoken with Davis over the phone and he denied flipping to Mississippi State and was still committed to Alabama. When The Clarion-Ledger spoke with Davis on the phone after the new information emerged, the Dandy Dozen selection said he was committed to the Crimson Tide and that his Twitter account had been hacked. He later changed his Twitter bio back to “Committed to Bama.”

Later Sunday evening, a source close to the situation said Davis is committed to Mississippi State despite the conflicting reports that surfaced on Sunday. For what it’s worth, at the end of the night, Davis removed any indication of where he is committed from his Twitter bio.

So what does it all mean? Alabama and Mississippi State likely both believe Davis is still committed to their respective programs. Situations like these have become relatively common in recruiting. Davis’ recruitment, regardless of what emerged on Sunday and the other visits he may or may not take, will not be over until he signs his Letter of Intent on National Signing Day (Feb. 3).

Davis is ranked as the sixth best player in Mississippi, the nation’s No. 6 defensive tackle and the 92nd best player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

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