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Report: Alabama freshman defensive lineman Raekwon Davis cleared to play

Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (No. 99) during Tuesday's practice for Western Kentucky: Stephen M. Smith - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Some huge (good) news for Alabama’s defensive line.

Head coach Nick Saban took the podium Wednesday for his game week presser, and one of his first statements was addressing the status of true freshman defensive lineman Raekwon Davis.

According to Saban, Davis has been cleared by the NCAA to play. He dealt with academic issues, upon graduating from Meridian (Miss.) High School in 2016 to enroll at Alabama.

He found a way to participate in summer workouts and fall camp, but it took a while for an official statement to arrive regarding his eligibility. Davis adds a much needed physical presence to the Crimson Tide’s front, standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 315 pounds. He was one of the nation’s top defensive tackle prospects and a unanimous four-star recruit, according to multiple networks.

Despite not getting many reps last week, Saban said Davis did run with the scout team.

“This week he has repped some. He was also on the scout team,” Saban said.

Alabama will start its home schedule on Saturday against Western Kentucky.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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