Alabama recruiting review

It was an extremely busy week in recruiting for the University of Alabama.


Jameis Winston to FSU

The biggest news in the country this week saw the five-star quarterback announce his college decision. Winston did choose the Seminoles and was leaning to the out-of-state program for weeks.

Geno Smith's decision date

Alabama has another recruiting battle against Auburn with Geno Smith, National 100 cornerback from Atlanta-St. Pius X, Ga. Smith will announce his college decision August 17. Smith goes back-and-forth between the two schools on a regular basis.

Top tight end visits Tuscaloosa

Alabama was not considered a serious contender for Kent Taylor, four-star tight end from Land O'Lakes, Fla. The visit to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday may place the Tide in the hunt. He visited Alabama, LSU and Georgia this week.

"Alabama has a lot to offer, and I loved it there," Taylor told Scout.com. "Their stadium and locker room are unbelievable and their facilities are unreal. They have so much tradition there, and I like that a lot. I got to meet Nick Saban, and our time together was real good. He let me know that they want me there and that they look to develop their players into men."

Georgia star sets date

Kurt Freitag, three-star tight end from Buford, Ga., will announce his college decision September 10 after his football game. Buford plays Yulee, Fla., that Saturday afternoon. Freitag has been very low-key on the recruiting front during the past several months. He has trimmed his list to Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami. His teammate, Dillon Lee, is committed to the Crimson Tide.

Darius Philon decommits

The Vigoe High School lineman had several offers prior to the summer. Auburn extended an offer at Big Cat Weekend, and he committed shortly after the visit. Philon attended Alabama's camp and landed an offer from the Tide. He decided this week to re-open his recruitment and de-commit from the Tigers. Alabama is considered the frontrunner to land his commitment.

Tide making an impact

Alabama has landed a few stud football players from the state of North Carolina the past two recruiting classes. Unfortunately, Alfy Hill is no longer with the team after the NCAA did not accept an online course he took in high school. The Tide landed Jeoffrey Pagan in the 2011 class.

The coaching staff remains in the hunt for players in the Tar Heel State. Jonathan Bullard, four-star defensive end from Shelby-Crest, N.C., recenty visited Alabama. He has trimmed his college choices to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Carlos Watkins, four-star defensive tackle from Forest City-Chase, N.C., told Scout.com this week he will take official vists to Alabama, Clemson, Florida and South Carolina. He has yet to determine his fifth official visit. Watkins visited Tuscaloosa twice during the summer.

Louisiana defender to visit Friday

Denzel Devall, four-star defensive end from Bastrop, La., is expected to take an unofficial visit to Alabama. Devall recently trimmed his list to Alabama and Texas A&M.

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