Alabama, rarely seen around WPIAL, offers Gateway junior Derrick Davis

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Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 1:03 AM


Joe Namath starred there in the 1960s and Robert Foster picked Alabama earlier this decade, but Crimson Tide football offers don’t appear all that often in the WPIAL.

Saturday, one arrived.

Gateway’s Derrick Davis announced a scholarship offer from Alabama, adding to the rising junior’s status as one of Pennsylvania’s top recruits for 2021.

Clemson offered Davis in May, so he now has both finalists from last season’s national championship game.

The 6-foot, 180-pound linebacker and running back rushed for 1,232 yards and scored 24 touchdowns for Gateway last season. He could play safety in college.

Davis’ list of offers also includes Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia, along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Michigan and others.

Chris Harlan is a TribLive reporter covering sports. He joined the Trib in 2009 after seven years as a reporter at the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at charlan@triblive.com.

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