Alabama Camp: Weekend Notebook

The University of Alabama is expected to host several prospects this weekend. Many of the players heading to Tuscaloosa will participate in the Tide's OL/DL camp. Alabama is also hosting a 7-on-7 tournament for high school teams. Andrew Bone has an in-depth look at the recruits headed to UA.


Time to impress

This is a big weekend for several prospects who plan to camp in Tuscaloosa. Alabama could possibly land a commitment or two with some top prospects visiting the Tide, but players who don't have an offer are hoping to impress.

Derek Edinburgh, offensve tackle from New Orleans-Edna Karr, La., is a monster at 6-foo-7, 320-pounds. LSU recently extended an offer, and he is hoping to land one from Alabama. Edinburgh hopes to make a decision in the near future.

Joe Harris, four-star offensive guard from Lithonia, Ga., has been on the Tide's radar for a long time. He doesn't have an offer, but that could change this weekend. He has several offers including Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Another player with several offers, but not one from the Tide is Greg Pyke, three-star offensive tackle from Baltimore- The Boys' Latin School, Md. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect has offers from Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He has high interest in Alabama.

A couple of other prospects hoping to make an impression this weekend include Colby Watson, offensive tackle from Pensacola- Pine Forest, Fla., Bradley Steele, offensive guard from Prattville, Ala., and Jordan Watson, offensive guard from Fayetteville-Whitewater, Ga.

Commitments in action

At least three commitments plan to particpate in the Alabama camp this weekend. Caleb Gulledge, three-star defensive end from Prattville, Ala., Dakota Ball, defensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell, Ga., and rising junior Bradley Bozeman, offensive tackle from Roanoke-Handley, Ala.

Brandon Greene, four-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga., is expected to take an unofficial visit to Alabama this weekend. Greene who has been a target of negative recruiting from other schools received some clarity from the coaching staff earlier this week.

Linebacker ready to shine

Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, Ala., will participate in the camp this weekend. Mitchell has been outstanding at camps this summer and hoping to impress the Alabama coaches. The Tide has shown interest, but Mitchell said the other night he hasn't heard from the coaching staff in a little while.

Tennessee signal caller in T-town

Will Gross, four-star quarterback from Memphis-Melrose, Tenn., is expected on campus. Gross is a talented athlete who has reeled in double-digit scholarship offers. Alabama started recruiting the out-of-state prospect during the spring. Coach Jim McElwain will get a good look at the gunslinger.

National 100 defensive tackle

The biggest name expected is Justin Shanks, National 100 defensive tackle. Shanks won't participate in the camp, but is taking an unofficial visit. He was expected to make an early decision, but has held off for now. Shanks may wait to announce at the U.S. Army All-American game in January.

Big in-state prospects

Two of the best defensive linemen heading to Alabama this weekend include Tyler Nero, four-star defensive tackle from Atmore-Escambia County, Ala., and Darren Lake, defensive tackle from York-Sumter County, Ala.

Nero has several offers including one from Alabama. The Tide is considered a strong contender to land his signature. Alabama leads for Darren Lake who received an offer a few weeks ago following the Tide's camp.

In-stater lands offer

Austin Golson, offensive tackle from Prattville, Ala., will rank as one of the South's top recruits in the class of 2013. Golson gave an early commitment to Florida State, but will likely take an official visit to Alabama. He received an offer from the Tide on Thursday. He also has offers from Kentucky, Southern Miss and Wake Forest.

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