Former 5-star linebacker Ben Davis announced via social media he will be transferring to the University of Texas for his 6th season of college football.

Davis, a product of Gordo High School, announced his intentions to transfer from Alabama in February via social media.

Due to NCAA rules pertaining to COVID-19, players across the country were granted an extra year of eligibility, allowing for Davis to play a 6th season for the Longhorns after five with the Crimson Tide.

Davis was ranked the No. 1 overall inside linebacker and 10th overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. Davis played more outside linebacker for Alabama, seeing most of his playing time as a special teams contributor. Davis recorded seven tackles and a sack over the course of his career.

Davis was a legacy player at Alabama. His father, Wayne, was a standout off-ball linebacker for the Crimson Tide from 1983-86. He holds the school record for career tackles with 327.

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Davis is one of seven Alabama Crimson Tide football players to enter the transfer portal and the sixth to announce where he'll be playing in 2021. Defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher transferred to USC, linebacker Ale Kaho transferred to UCLA, linebacker Kevin Harris transferred to Georgia Tech, defensive back Eddie Smith transferred to Illinois and kicker Joseph Bulovas transferred to Vanderbilt. Cornerback Ronald Williams entered the transfer portal late last week.

Davis was recruited to Alabama by current Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis, who joined the staff under new head coach Steve Sarkisian this offseason.

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