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Tennessee juco LB/DE target decommits from Alabama


One of Tennessee’s newest junior-college targets officially is back on the market.

Class of 2020 defensive end/linebacker Jordan Davis of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., announced Saturday on his Twitter account that he has decommitted from Alabama, reopening his recruitment just six days after he received a scholarship offer from the Vols.

He also picked up an offer from Mississippi State on Monday.

“I just really need to focus on myself and not the media nor schools,” Davis told 247Sports’ Hank South.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Davis signed with Alabama in December coming out of Southwind High School in Memphis, Tenn., but failed to qualify academically and enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln over the summer. He again committed to the Crimson Tide last month, recently telling 247Sports’ Hank South that he was excited about his future at Alabama.

“Now that I’m actually seeing how the football life is, now that I’m seeing how my life really should go, because I’ve really been fighting obstacles throughout this football stuff, behind the scenes, behind the lights, behind the stars. I’ve been fighting other stuff besides football,” Davis said at the time.

“And I was giving people reasons why I was committed there, why I wanted to commit there, but now I honestly see my purpose of why I’m going to ‘Bama.”

A former Under Armour All-American, Davis was committed to the Crimson Tide for more than a year before signing with them last year. Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ staff also pursued him and hosted him on an unofficial visit last summer, but the Vols weren’t able to steal him away from Alabama coming out of high school.

First-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, who previously served as Alabama’s defensive coordinator, wasn’t able to convince Davis to back out on his commitment to the Crimson Tide in his first two weeks with the Vols.

But Tennessee might be more of a contender for Davis this time around. He communicated with Tennessee freshmen Jerome Carvin and Jeremy Banks, two fellow Memphis-area natives, on social media earlier this week after learning of his offer from the Vols.

For now, though, he’s focused on taking care of business at the junior-college level.

“When I first stepped foot down here, I was in denial,” Davis recently told South. “I was like, I’m not supposed to be here. But being down here at juco, a lot of people have changed on me. People I thought were there for me weren’t really there for me. People ain’t really been here for me, but that just gave me another reason to keep on pushing myself.

“It’s been real hard. You’ve got to push yourself down here because, if you don’t push yourself, you’re either going to fold or you’re going to quit. Is football really for me? That’s how much juco will really hit you.”

Davis has recorded 42 tackles and 2.5 sacks in nine games this season as a freshman at Copiah-Lincoln.

Coming out of high school, he was ranked the nation’s No. 108 overall prospect and No. 6 weakside defensive end and the No. 2 player from the state of Tennessee in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class.

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