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Raekwon Davis | Defensive Tackle

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 316

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Alabama junior DL Raekwon Harris was benched for the entire first half of Saturday's win at Tennessee for disciplinary reasons.
Harris, who warmed up with the second-team defense ahead of Saturday's game, was disciplined due to his throwing a punch during the fourth quarter of Alabama's October 13 win over Missouri. Like teammate Damien Harris, who didn't start due to "internal reasons," Davis will have some time to work his way back into the starting lineup ahead of Alabama's November 3 showdown with LSU. Oct 20 - 8:09 PM

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Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis worked with the second unit during warmups ahead of Saturday's game at Tennessee.

Alabama HC Nick Saban said earlier in the week that Davis would lose some playing time after being caught throwing punches at a Missouri player during the second half of the Crimson Tide's October 13 win. How much playing time the junior loses remains to be seen, but at the very least Davis appears to have lost his spot in the starting lineup.
Oct 20 - 3:16 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that junior DL Raekwon Davis will lose playing time after throwing punches at Missouri OL Kevin Pendleton on Saturday.

Davis (6'7/316) unleashed a trio of body blows to Pendleton while the latter was on the ground during Saturday's win. Saban said that he's spoken with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and that discipline will be handled internally. Just how much Davis' playing time will be curtailed, or for how long, is not quite clear. Alabama plays Tennessee on Saturday.
Oct 16 - 8:40 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis as the No. 1 2019 draft prospect in the program.

Pauline doesn't believe it is even close and said "The junior has great size and also shows a good deal of athleticism in his game. He can be a one man wrecking crew and a dominant force up front. I like the versatility of his game and feel Davis offers a multitude of possibilities in both three and four man fronts." Davis' athleticism and versatility make him one of the most intriguing prospects to watch for this upcoming season. Another good year will lock him in as a top draft pick.
Aug 5 - 12:15 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis third on his list of the top defensive lineman to watch in 2018.

This is a bit of a surprise, as Davis ranks ahead of stars like Michigan's Rashan Gary and Clemson's Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell; who have been the consensus players behind Houston's Ed Oliver and Ohio State's Nick Bosa. "At 6-7 and 306 pounds (school measurements), Davis is among the new breed of defenders who fit cleanly in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts," writes Zierlein. "His frame is chiseled with outstanding lean muscle mass, long arms and a solid anchor at the point of attack." This is a loaded group of defenders on the line, but based on the way Zierlein gushes, it sounds like he believes Davis has as high of upside as any of them.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 8:49 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis is "due for a breakout campaign this fall."

Brugler uses the word "breakout" lightly as Davis lead the Crimson Tide in sacks with 8.5 despite being a part-time starter. He writes, "His mix of foot quickness, flexibility, and raw power is a scary combination when used in unison." Davis will likely be a centerpiece in one of the best defenses in football this upcoming season. If he can continue the spurts of dominance he showed as a part-time player in an every-down role, Davis should hear his name called in the first round in the NFL draft.
Jun 13 - 4:02 PM

Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis registered eight tackles and a pair of sacks during the team's A-Day spring game.

ESPN's Alex Scarborough tags Davis as the standout spring performer for the defending champs, noting that the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder possesses "freakish athleticism." "Freak" is a word we've heard in more than one scouting report. The junior was an All-SEC performer for the 2017 campaign on the strength of 69 tackles (10.0 for loss), 8.5 sacks and an interception logged across 13 games played. He's one of a number of draft-eligible players who could help make the 2019 defensive line class a truly special one.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 2:33 PM

Athlon Sport's Rob McVey said Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis "projects to be among the first names called in the 2019 NFL Draft."

McVey said Davis has a "freakish combination of size, speed, and athleticism" that "helped him dominate during Alabama’s stellar College Football Playoff run to the national title." He believes Davis will "wreak havoc" on opposing offenses in 2018 and find himself climbing up draft boards throughout the season. After leading the Tide's stellar defense with 8.5 sacks, Davis earned himself All-SEC honors in 2017. Another solid season could lock-in Davis to be selected near the top of the draft.
Apr 30 - 2:03 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban labeled sophomore DL Raekwon Davis "day-to-day" in advance of the opener against Florida State in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Davis was hit in the leg by what was reportedly a stray bullet while outside a Tuscaloosa bar on early Sunday morning. "He is released from the hospital. He’s here, he’s getting treatment. He’ll be day-to-day," Saban said. "We’re still gathering information, and what his status is moving forward will be a medical decision, not something we can really comment on here right now." Saban added that "[i]t doesn’t seem like our players were guilty of anything, other than being out late, which doesn’t make me happy." Davis was reportedly uncooperative with authorities, and Dionne Murrell, the owner of Bar 17, has a theory as to why. "That’s the rumor going around that he shot himself. That he was shooting in the air and he shot himself," Murrell told ABC 33/40 News. Davis is a four-star recruit who was expected to start this year.
Source: 247 Sports
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Alabama sophomore DL Raekwon Davis was struck in the leg by a stray bullet while outside a Tuscaloosa bar on early Sunday morning.

The 20-year-old was hospitalized. His injury is considered minor. Police say Davis was not targeted, but was instead hit by a stray bullet. The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Davis was expected to start this season after serving in a reserve role last fall. Alabama has not yet commented on Davis' injury or his projected recovery timeline. The Tide open against Florida State on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 02:13:00 PM

Alabama freshman DT Raekwon Davis has received the academic all-clear from the NCAA.

Davis sat out Saturday's stomping of USC due to undisclosed academic issues. With those squared away, the next question is when the hulking 6-foot-7, 318-pound defensive lineman might be able to contribute to HC Nick Saban's defense (as if it needs help). Said Saban, "I don't know if we can get him ready to play in this [Saturday's game against Western Kentucky]. It's certainly going to be a work in progress for us to get him ready to play down the road and offer some depth in the defensive line." Rivals ranked Davis as the No. 88 prospect for the 2016 class.
Source: AL.com
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 12:54:00 PM

ESPN recruitment analyst Tom Luginbill questions whether Alabama four-star DT commitment Raekwaon Davis will be an every-down player at the collegiate level.

Luginbill tossed forth a multitude of rhetorical questions. "Can [Davis] be an every-down player? Can he condition himself? What does he bring as a disruptive force if in the game on a passing down?" It's not all darkness, though. The 6-foot-7, 318-pounder is a "big, physical, tough and very, very strong player at the point of attack," notes the ESPN analyst, who earlier wrote that even if the Tide use Davis in a limited capacity at first, he could still see the field as a freshman.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Four-star DT Raekwon Davis committed to Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs fended off Alabama for Davis' services, a huge coup after DL Chris Jones declared for the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-8, 318-pound Davis is a perfect fit for an MSU front that likes its linemen gigantic. "Davis is your quintessential two-gap monster in the middle," wrote ESPN's Tom Luginbill. "He's not only mammoth in stature, but also possesses deceptive explosiveness and is very active, given his size, at being a disruptive force. Even if just on a situational basis we could see Davis playing as a freshman, and if in proper condition working into an increased role throughout the season." The analyst compares Davis, the No. 150 prospect in the ESPN 300, to Malik McDowell of Michigan State. "McDowell and Davis are both massive players who possess the type of quickness you don’t normally see," he wrote.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 12:23:00 PM