National 100 recruits visit TuscaloosaIt was a Who's Who list of players on the sidelines prior to the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The top uncommitted players included Quay Evans, five-star defensive tackle from Morton, Miss., Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., and Channing Ward, five-star defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss. Alabama's chances with these three players continue to increase with each trip to the Capstone.
"Coach Saban is all about business and that is how I like it," Evans told Scout.com. "I cannot really put into words what I think about him. He is a one of a kind coach that knows how to get it done. When we talked Saturday, he told me that I could play early at Alabama and that he doesn't think I'd need to red-shirt. I like that a lot because I want to help the team I choose very early. Coach Saban is a great coach and talking to him is great. He is just one of those coaches you remember talking to."
National 100 Tide commitmentsThese players also made it to Tuscaloosa which included Reggie Ragland, five-star linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., Eddie Williams, four-star safety from Panama City-Arnold, Fla. and Chris Black, four-star wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla. Alabama commitments outside the National 100, but also in Tuscaloosa included Ryan Anderson, Darren Lake, Justin Thomas, Caleb Gulledge, Tyler Hayes, Dakota Ball and Darius Philon.
Tide leadsJordan Jenkins has the Crimson Tide out front for his signature. He will visit the Swamp this weekend. "I would have to say Alabama is my leader, but it might change after the Florida game this weekend," Jenkins reported to Scout.com after his visit to Alabama. "I am not really sure."
Bama interest increasingQuay Evans has been high on Alabama for a while, and the Tide coaching staff is looking to add quality defensive linemen in this year's class. Evans is rated the No. 1 player at his position in the country. Evans does not have a favorite at this time and has high interest in Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
"Coach Saban is all about business and that is how I like it," Quay Evans told Scout.com. "I cannot really put into words what I think about him. He is a one of a kind coach that knows how to get it done.
"When we talked Saturday, he told me that I could play early at Alabama and that he doesn't think I'd need to red-shirt. I like that a lot because I want to help the team I choose very early."
Earnest Robinson in T-townThe 2013 prospect will rank as the top wide receivers in the state and one of the best in the country. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has close to 30 scholarship offers including Alabama.
"Talking to Nick Saban was the best part of my visit," said Robinson. "He was really excited about me. That was big. I was excited to see how much he wants me. It's really good they want me to play for them. It gives me something to think about."
Elite Mississippi playersDeon Mix projects as the top offensive lineman in Mississippi in the 2013 class. He was in Tuscaloosa Saturday for his first visit this fall to Bryant-Denny Stadium. He hasn't named favorites, but Alabama is considered one of the early favorites. Channing Ward and Quay Evans are five-star recruits who many consider will stay in-state. Ward's trip to Tuscaloosa was his second trip of the season.
"I was there with a couple of guys like Channing Ward and Quay Evans," said Deon Mix. "We chilled and talked about some stuff. Of course we have all talked about playing together. We joke about it a little."
Top 2013 linemanRod Crayton (6-1, 285) is the best defensive lineman in the state for next year's class. He can stop the run and also a pass rusher. Crayton was offered by LSU last week.
"I talked to Kirby [Smart] after the game," said Crayton. "He told me they are very interested in me. He said they heard about my offer from LSU. He is going to watch film on me soon."
Elite 2012 recruitsVadal Alexander, four-star offensive guard and Kurt Freitag, three-star tight end from Buford, Ga., were in town along with teammate Alabama commitment Dillon Lee, four-star linebacker. Alexander and Freitag have the Tide in their top three. Others visiting included Andrew Jelks, three-star offensive tackle from Paris-Henry County, Tenn., Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, Ala., and Jamichael Winston, three-star defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Ala..
Haul in speedstersAmari Cooper, four-star wide receiver from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., became commitment No. 19 for the Crimson Tide last Thursday. He joins a solid group of receivers which includes Chris Black and Casey Gladney. Dorial Green-Beckham is the nation's top receiver and No. 2 overall prospect who Alabama wants as a part of their class. The Tide made his list of top five schools.
Alabama eliminatedKent Taylor, the nations' top tight end from Land O'Lakes, Fla., listed his top four schools in late August as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Penn State. He informed Scout.com on Sunday he will announce his decision October 27. Alabama was replaced by Florida State in his top four.
Nation's top recruitArik Armstead, five-star offensive tackle from Elk Grove-Pleasant Grove, Calif., was hoping to take an official visit to Alabama for the Arkansas game. He has rescheduled the trip for November 5th when Alabama hosts LSU. The USC commitment plans to take all five of official visits. Alabama is a long shot for Armstead, but a key element is always getting a player on campus for an official visit.
October official visitsTwo top targets for the Tide have scheduled official visits to Alabama. Adolphus Washington, five-star defensive end from Cincinatti-Taft, Ohio, will take his official visit to Alabama October 22nd. Cyrus Jones, four-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman School, Md., will also visit Tuscaloosa October 22nd. Jones is recruited by Alabama as a cornerback. A third player who has scheduled a visit the same weekend is Alabama commitment Chris Black.
NFL legacyKelvin Taylor, running back from Belle Glade-Glades Day School, Fla., is the son of former NFL running back Fred Taylor who played for the Gators. Kelvin has the Gators at the top of his list along with Alabama. Both schools have offered the 2013 standout, and he will visit the Swamp this weekend.
"I told people at the beginning of the season that Florida was better than they thought," Kelvin Taylor told Scout.com. "Everyone told me to shut up and laughed at me. Now, they are like maybe you are right. Alabama's defense is crazy good. I can't wait to see how Florida's speed matches up with 'Bama. I love both teams and coaches, so I really can't go wrong here."
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