It’s not a stretch to say that Gateway’s Derrick Davis will be one of biggest and most heavily recruited athletes in Western Pennsylvania in many, many years.
Further evidence of that came Saturday night when Davis received an offer from Nick Saban and Alabama while in Tuscaloosa on an unofficial visit.
While Davis (6’0”, 195) already held big offers such major programs such as Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Pitt, the Gateway star tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that getting an offer from Alabama is altogether different.
“I met with Coach Saban around 10:30 in his office and he offered me but somehow it flew over my head that he actually offered,” said Davis. “It didn’t function in my head that he offered until later when my mom told me.”
”I was just speechless. This is an offer I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I’ve been a ‘Bama fan since I was in elementary school. This offer was huge for me.”
Davis made the trip to Alabama hoping it would show Saban how interested he was in them and that an offer might follow.
“I wanted to make the effort of going there and hoped it would show them something,” said Davis. “When I got the call from Alabama saying that Nick Saban wanted to invite you to the Bama Barbecue that meant a lot to me. That immediately told me this was my opportunity to go down there and meet Coach Saban. Not a lot of people get a chance to do that and that meant a lot to me.”
”Meeting him was what I pretty much expected. He was business like. He’s someone that wants to develop young men, not just as a football player but develop them into a young man.”
Davis is already rated as one of the Top 75 players in the Class of 2021 and his position in college is still unknown.
Although he’s a standout running back at Gateway, he has the ability to play either linebacker or safety as well. Davis tells PSN that Alabama is recruiting him as an athlete and “they’re recruiting me for anywhere and told me they could see me playing on either side of the ball.”