Alabama camp notebook

The University of Alabama made a lot of recruiting noise this week landing two 2013 commitments including possibly the No. 1 linebacker in the country. Andrew Bone has the very latest recruiting news and notes.

Alabama landed two major commitments for the class of 2013. Reuben Foster, linebacker from LaGrange-Troup County, Ga., is already projected to rank as one of the best in his class. Alabama didn't have to wait until national signing day to see where the future five-star prospect wanted to play college football. Foster has been a life-long Tide fan and decided the time was right to pull the trigger.

O.J. Howard, athlete from Prattville-Autauga Academy, Ala., has big-time potential coming from a small school. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect hopes to remain on offense, but might play outside linebacker on the next level. He is projected early as one of the top 10 recruits in Alabama for the 2013 class.

Altee Tenpenny, running back from North Little Rock, Ark., named Alabama as his favorite last week prior to camping in Tuscaloosa. He camped with the Tide Sunday and Monday and earned a scholarship offer. His offers also include Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss. Alabama still remains very high on the list.

The Alabama coaching staff is looking to add more offensive linemen to this year's recruiting class. They extended an offer Tuesday to Brandon Hill, three-star offensive tackle from Collierville-St. George, Tenn. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound prospect has been impressing coaches this summer and has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Southern Miss.

Chris Black, National 100 recruit from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., visited Tuscaloosa on Sunday with a few of his teammates. He has trimmed his list to Alabama and Florida State with a decision coming August 24th. "It's still right down the middle," Black replied when asked if he is any closer to that college choice.

Jameis Winston, five-star quarterback from Hueytown, Ala., said this week at the Elite 11 he will announce his college decision August 3rd on ESPN. Winston recently named Alabama, Florida State and LSU as finalists.

Gunner Kiel, the nation's No. 1 quarterback, said at the Elite 11 he will announce his commitment sometime before the season. He also noted he will not choose a school who plans to take two quarterbacks in this class.

The coaching staff welcomed several big names Tuesday including Landon Collins, National 100 safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La. Collins is expected to move up to a five-star ranking in the near future.

Dalton Santos, four-star middle linebacker from Van, Texas, is another player on the Tide's campus and once committed to Oklahoma State. It now appears Alabama and Texas A&M are the frontrunners. LaDarrel McNeil, four-star safety from Dallas-Smith, Texas, was also on the Tide's campus on Tuesday taking an unofficial visit.

Danny O'Brien, four-star defensive tackle from the state of Michigan, arrived in Tuscaloosa Tuesday night. He is visiting the Alabama campus today.

Cris Carter returned to Tuscaloosa this week to help coach the receivers at camp. Another big star at camp this week included Ken Griffey, Jr. Griffey was in town with his son, Trey, who competed in the Tide's camp this week.

A prospect who was not scheduled to camp at Alabama this week was Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, Ala. Mitchell decided to camp at Alabama on Tuesday.

National 100 cornerback Geno Smith, from Atlanta-St. Pius X, Ga., will visit Tuscaloosa on Thursday. He plans to make a decision within the next few weeks between Alabama and Auburn. It appears the last scheduled visit goes to the Tide.

Jeremy Liggins, quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., did not arrive for the Tide's camp. Liggins opted to go to LSU for their camp. Another player who failed to make the trip was T.J. Davis, three-star cornerback from Tallahassee-Godby, Fla. Davis said his work schedule prevents a lot of travel time.

Channing Ward, five-star defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss., doesn't talk much with the media. We confirmed Ward is in Tuscaloosa and participating in the camp. Alabama is one of the favorites.

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