Can 2021 be a Breakout Season For Jalyn Armour-Davis?
With the departure of Patrick Surtain II, Alabama has a void to fill at cornerback. The Crimson Tide have a few guys in contention, but Jalyn Armour-Davis is getting the first crack at the vacant corner spot opposite of Josh Jobe.
The Mobile, Alabama native joined the Tide in the same recruiting class as Surtain and Jobe. Armour-Davis was a four-star prospect and rated as the No. 2 player in Alabama and No. 11 CB according to 247Sports. And like Surtain and Jobe, played in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game.
Armour-Davis was set to play in a reserve role as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending knee injury in pregame warmups against Arkansas State.
In 2019, he appeared in eight games, recording two tackles and a couple of pass breakups. Last season, Armour-Davis continued to receive playing time on special teams and sparingly in the Alabama secondary.
He will be competing with early enrollee Ga'Quincy McKinstry, a five-star prospect and the No. 1 CB in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Ronald Williams Jr. was one of the top junior college prospects in 2020. The former NJCAA All-American only appeared in three games for the Crimson Tide last season, recording one tackle.
Jahquez Robinson signed with Alabama as part of the 2020 recruiting class, but did not receive any playing time last season. Khyree Jackson was rated as the top junior college CB for 2021, but will not join the Tide until the summer. Jackson stands out because of his long 6-foot-3 frame. Brandon Turnage and Marcus Banks will also be in the mix this spring.
Armour-Davis will have to fend off a talented group of players for a starting spot in the Alabama secondary.