Alabama: Grinding the Peach State

Success on the field, several first round draft picks and recruiting efforts have helped build in-roads in the neighboring state.

The University of Alabama only signed one player from Georgia in the 2011 class, National 100 Xzavier Dickson. The number should increase dramatically in the class of 2013.

The Tide has pulled in two of the top four running backs in Georgia in 2012, Kenyan Drake and Justin Taylor. Drake is rated the No. 1 back in the state.

Dillon Lee is rated the No. 6 middle linebacker in the country and the No. 1 middle linebacker in Georgia. Brandon Greene is the No. 2 offensive lineman in the state behind Buford's Vadal Alexander. He is the No. 1 rated offensive tackle.

Dakota Ball is rated the No. 3 defensive tackle in the state. Adam Griffith is the top kicker and will challenge for the No. 1 spot in the country.

All of the commitments from the Peach State, with the exception of Adam Griffith, held offers from the Bulldogs.

Justin Taylor and Brandon Greene considered taking official visits, but decided to remain solid to the Tide after camping in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama is position to land more prospects from Georgia. National 100 recruits Geno Smith, a four-star cornerback and Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end, have Alabama in their top two.

Smith is expected to announce before the season. Jenkins could pull the trigger at anytime. Alabama looks good with both at this time.

The Tide coaching staff is in the running for more prospects at Buford. Vadal Alexander, four-star offensive guard and Kurt Freitag, three-star tight end, have Alabama as one of their top schools.

Greyson Lambert, four-star quarterback from Jesup-Wayne County, could become a part of the Tide's recruiting class.

Jordan Watkins and Dalvin Tomlinson are defensive linemen who have high interest in Alabama. Tomlinson has been close to announcing. Watkins has the Tide among his top five schools.

Alabama is already rolling in the Peach State for the 2013 class.

Rueben Foster might rank as the No. 1 linebacker in the country and a definite five-star recruit. Foster might rank as the No. 2 overall recruit in the country, and in the same position in his home state.

Robert Nkemdiche, defensive lineman from Grayson, is expected to take the No. 1 overall rank in the country.

Nkemdiche is an Alabama fan, but plans to remain open with all schools during the process. The Tide is considered the early favorite for his signature. He is coached by former Alabama player, Mickey Conn.

Other elite 2013 recruits Alabama has serious interest.

Tray Matthews, safety from Newman, was close to committing to Georgia. A recent trip to Alabama delayed the decision.

Trey Johnson, outside linebacker from Lawrenceville-Central Gwinnett, recently named his top 10 schools as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee. He is not in any rush to make a decision. He plans to visit Tuscaloosa this fall.

A couple of other players with early offers from Alabama include Jonathan McCrary, quarterback from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, and Andy Dodd, offensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell. Both have teammates who are committed to Alabama, Brandon Greene (Cedar Grove) and Dakota Ball (Pepperell).

The coaching staff is hoping to finish strong in the 2012 class, and they have a great chance to do so especially in Georgia. They are off to a great start in 2013.

It will make a huge statement for the Tide if they can land such prospects as Jordan Jenkins, Geno Smith, Rueben Foster and Robert Nkemdiche. All are National 100 type players.

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