Alabama recruiting notes

It's never a dull moment in recruiting with players announcing before their season and trimming their lists of favorites. Andrew Bone updates the latest recruiting news....


Kent Taylor names four

The four-star tight end from Land O'Lakes, Fla. named his top four schools this week which included Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Penn State as his leader. He will take an official visit to Penn State September 10 when the Nittany Lions host Alabama. He plans to take an official visit to Alabama November 5th when LSU is in Tuscaloosa. Taylor took a recent visit to the Capstone as his first-ever trip.

"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 they want me there, and that they look to develop there players into men."

Five-star trims list to six

Alabama made the next cut for Kwon Alexander, five-star linebacker from Oxford, Ala. The Crimson Tide joins Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Oregon. Alexander has spent a lot of time in Tuscaloosa including two unofficial visits this summer. He will not make a decision until signing day.

East Coaster names top 11

Devin Fuller, four-star quarterback from Old Tappan-North Valley, N.J., trimmed his list of schools to 11 and will make another cut before the season. Fuller was one of the first recruits to receive a visit from the coaching staff in the spring. He has a list which includes Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, TCU and UCLA. Alabama is the only SEC team to make the list.

"Alabama is a great football program," Fuller told Scout.com. "The coaches there could develop me to go to the NFL if the opportunity is there for me."

The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete accounted for more than 4,000 yards of offense in 2010. He added 65 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He is recruited as an athlete.

Alabama moving up list

Trae Elston, three-star cornerback from Oxford, Ala., did not list Alabama among his top five schools six months ago. Elston moved Alabama among his top three schools this week along with Clemson (leader) and LSU. Elston camped in Tuscaloosa in July. The coaching staff Is recruiting the in-state star as a receiver. Alabama is creeping up the charts, but still a long shot. "I just wanted to have an in-state school in my top three," said Elston.

Geno decides next week

The National 100 cornerback from Atlanta-St. Pius X, Ga. announces his college decision next Wednesday. Smith will decide between Alabama and Auburn.

In-state star sets date

Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, Ala., will announce his college decision October 3rd. Mitchell has offers from several schools including Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State. He does not report any favorites, and says Auburn and Mississippi State are recruiting him the hardest.

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