Alabama: Recruiting Notebook

Alabama hosted several visitors for Homecoming including a few major targets. One elite prospect announced his decision this week, while another has re-scheduled an official visit. Andrew Bone has the latest recruiting news for the Crimson Tide.


Four-star to LSU

Vadal Alexander jumpstarted his week with a commitment to LSU. Alabama was a finalist for the offensive guard from Buford, Ga. Not many players remain in the mix for the Tide at the offensive line position, but Alabama does have a commitment from Brandon Greene.

One possibility remains with Brandon Hill, three-star offensive tackle from Collierville-St. George's, Tenn. Hill named Mississippi State his favorite last month.

Another Volunteer State product is Andrew Jelks, three-star offensive tackle from Paris-Henry County. Jelks visited Tuscaloosa for the Arkansas game. Alabama remains in his top five, but Tennessee is considered the favorite.

Visitors in Tuscaloosa

A few big names were on campus this past weekend for the Tide's Homecoming game against Vanderbilt. Deon Bush, four-star safety from Miami-Columbus, Fla., was in town for his official visit. Alabama is recruiting Bush as a cornerback. The Crimson Tide is great shape with the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect.

Florida State commitment Jameis Winston, five-star quarterback from Hueytown, Ala., was confirmed as an unofficial visitor. Winston committed to the Seminoles in the summer. Florida State has lost three games this fall including a surprise loss to Wake Forest. Tide fans don't need to become giddy about the possibility of flipping Winston just yet. The trips to Tuscaloosa are an easy drive, and some exciting games to watch in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Several Tide commitments who were spotted at the game included Reggie Ragland, five-star linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., Darius Philon, three-star defensive end from Prichad-Vigor, Ala., Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker from Thomasville, Ala., and Darren Lake, three-star defensive tackle from York-Sumter Central, Ala.

Adolphus Washington at a later date

The five-star defensive end from Cincinnati-Taft, Ohio, was scheduled to take his official visit to Alabama the weekend the Crimson Tide hosts Tennessee. Washington will have to reschedule his visit. "

"We will need to find another date for Alabama," Adolphus Washington, Sr., told Scout.com. "Adolphus has a game that day, so we will re-schedule that visit for another weekend. The Alabama visit will also be an official visit."

Washington lists Alabama as one of his top six schools along with Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Washington's cousin is Alabama offensive lineman Alfred McCullough.

Still an SEC player

Beniquez Brown, four-star outside linebacker from Florence, Ala., is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state. However he may have waited too late to commit to Alabama, the school he has favored since early spring.

"Alabama has all these commitments now," said Brown. "I waited, and tried to make sure I knew where I wanted to go. They have now slacked off a bit in recruiting me. I just need to find the best place for me. They are not really up there anymore." Mississippi State appears as the frontrunner for Brown's signature at this time.

More commitments in post-season

The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is a new national high school All-American game which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona January 3rd. Two Alabama commitments have been invited to participate which includes Adam Griffith, three-star kicker from Calhoun, Ga., and Darren Lake, three-star defensive tackle from York-Sumter Central, Ala.

Tide builds momentum for five-stars

Alabama very much remains in the hunt for three out-of-state five-star recruits including Jordan Jenkins, Quay Evans and Landon Collins. All three plan to make their decisions after the season. The toughest competition for Jenkins is Florida, Evans is Mississippi State and Collins is LSU.

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