Jalyn Armour-Davis has patiently waited for this opportunity, but the redshirt junior is ready to make a big impact for this Alabama defense in 2021.

He earned the nickname “Kick-Slide King” from his teammates this offseason because of his textbook technique. Armour-Davis had a strong showing during the A-Day game, recording three pass breakups and two solo tackles.

Starting safety Jordan Battle spoke very highly of Armour-Davis during spring practice. "He's a great corner," Battle said. "He's got great feet and great hips. I see a great future for Jalyn Armour-Davis this season."

"Coach (Nick) Saban hates when you cross your feet for corners when you're in press coverage," Battle said. "He hates when you cross over. I wish I could show you, but it's like when you slide into a guy instead of moving your feet. So we call him the "Kick Slide King" because he does that the greatest. He cuts off receivers on the press."

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The Mobile, Alabama native joined the Crimson Tide in the same recruiting class that featured Patrick Surtain II and Josh Jobe. Armour-Davis was a four-star prospect and rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama and No. 11 cornerback nationally 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.

Armour-Davis will have to fend off a talented group of players for a starting spot in the Alabama secondary. He will be competing with Kool-Aid McKinstry, a five-star recruit and the No. 1 CB in the 2021 recruiting cycle and Khyree Jackson, the top ranked junior college CB for 2021.

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