Coach Spotlight: Casey Gladney
"He considers himself a commitment to Alabama," said head coach Kemper Amick. "He feels very good about it. As long as he is doing what he is supposed to do in the classroom. Coach Saban told him if he comes in this fall and he is not making progress it won't matter.
"Alabama offered him. That's where he told coach Saban he wants to be. I knew there would be a good chance they offer if he performed like I know he could.
"Casey plans to go to Alabama. That's where he wants to be. He doesn't plan to attend any other camps. He does have some grade issues, but if he can straighten them out that is where he will be.
"I feel like he is a player who needed to get out of South Carolina. I sat down and talked to him about everything. I felt like if Alabama were to give him an offer that was the best fit for him. I don't think you can beat the University of Alabama."
Coach Amick believes Gladney (6-1, 180) is one of the best players in the state.
"I have not pushed him as much as I have some kids," said Amick. "I haven't sent a lot of film out. I personally feel like he is as good as any player in South Carolina.
"He ran a 4.41 and 4.45 40 at the Shrine Bowl combine. He wowed them pretty well catching the football. His upside is unbelievable. Anything you seen on film is God-given. He is 6-foot-1, 178-pounds. He has a real nice frame, small waist, wide shoulders and big hands. Cris Carter said he could easily be a 210-pound receiver. I feel that way as well."
Gladney has work to do in the classroom, but took three extra courses to increase his chances to qualify.
"There are a lot of situations with Casey right now where he just needs to get out of South Carolina," said Coach Amick. "I don't plan on taking him anywhere else. His total focus is his grades.
"He wants to be at Alabama and is going to do everything possible to get there. This kid is a player. The second day I ever saw him I knew he would be special.
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