Friday Notebook: Alabama

A lot of news and notes this past week pertaining to the Tide's recruiting board. Andrew Bone reviews several keys targets who are newsworthy.

New cornerback target

Will Redmond, three-star cornerback from Memphis-East, Tenn., plans to camp in Tuscaloosa in mid-July. Redmond has been receiving a lot of interest from Alabama lately. He is and hopeful an offer is extended after the camp. He has double-digit scholarship offers and wants to make a decision before the end of the summer.

Vigor lineman earns offer

Defensive ends Darius Philon and Jamichael Winston attended Alabama's camp last weekend. Philon earned an offer from the Tide. The Auburn commitment seems very interested in the Crimson Tide, but says he will spend the next few months focusing on his grades. He plans to return to Alabama for a visit in the fall and take an official visit. He remains committed to Auburn for now.


Justin Shanks, National 100 defensive tackle from Prattville, Ala., did not show for his unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend, but Alabama remains a very strong contender for his signature. Shanks had personal reasons for not visiting the Capstone. He may still make a decision before the end of the summer, but it appears a decision will come at a much later date.

Tennessee QB impresses

Will Gross, four-star quarterback from Memphis-Melrose, Tenn., impressed Alabama head coach Nick Saban last week. Gross does not have an offer from the Tide at this point.

Defensive line focus

Alabama landed their true nose guard last week with the commitment of Darren Lake. They have commitments from Caleb Gulledge and Dakota Ball. Gulledge will play defensive end or move to guard at the next level. Ball will likely play on the defensive line. Justin Shanks remains a top target for Alabama.

Dalvin Tomlinson, four-star defensive end, and Tyler Nero, four-star defensive tackle were in Tuscaloosa last weekend. Alabama appears in great shape for both players. Alabama offered Darius Philon, but will monitor his work in the classroom and commitment to the Tigers. Several other defensive linemen are considering the Tide, but Shanks, Tomlinson and Nero appear as good candidates to finish the class. Philon switching his commitment remains a possibility.

Oxford duo visits Tuscaloosa

Kwon Alexander, five-star outside linebacker and Trae Elston, three-star cornerback from Oxford, made the short drive to Tuscaloosa last week. Alexander isn't naming favorites, but Alabama remains a top contender for his signature. Alabama has moved up Elston's list after discussing the possibility of playing receiver instead of cornerback. Elston prefers offense and now giving Alabama a serious look. Elston plans to return to the Tide's camp in July.

Underclassemen earn offers

Alabama has recently offered two 2013 prospects. Deon Mix, offensive tackle from Batesville-South Panola, Miss., earned an offer from Alabama after his camp performance in Tuscaloosa last weekend. Mix has high interest in the Tide. One of the best prospects in the Sunshine State is Nick Washington, safety from Jacksonville-Trinity Christian Academy, Fla. Alabama offered Washington during an unofficial visit last week.

Linebacker suffers set back

Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, Ala., has been putting on a show at several summer camps. Alabama extended a verbal offer during the spring, but wanted to take a closer look on campus. Mitchell suffered a joint sprain in his right ankle during the first one-on-one match-up of the day. He has been asked to return to the Tide's camp in July for another evaluation.

National 100 receiver in July

The battle for Chris Black, four-star wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., is heating up between Alabama and Florida State. Alabama gained momentum in the spring, but FSU remains a serious contender in the game. Black will return with his parents to Tuscaloosa in July for an unofficial visit.

Commitment unsteady

Justin Taylor said he has "doubts" about the Tide's depth chart at the running back position. He remains committed and has talked with running backs coach Burton Burns about the situation. UGA and South Carolina are the main schools trying to lure him away from the Tide.

Big week in Tennessee

A group of the state's top players are expected to announce their decision next week per Caleb Azubike, three-star defensive end. Azubike said at least Brian Kimbrow and Cory Batey will announce next Friday. He also said it's possible five to six players will announce their decisions. Alabama has not offered any of the players.

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