Alabama: Recruiting notebook

Andrew Bone takes a look at the latest recruiting news for the Crimson Tide.


Jameis Winston remains solid

Jameis Winston, five-star quarterback from Hueytown, Ala., surprised many when he attended the Tide's Homecoming game against Vanderbilt including the Alabama coaching staff. The FSU commitment hasn't completely shut the door on the in-state school, but he did confirm his commitment to the Seminoles last Thursday.

"They had a couple of tough losses," he said of Florida State. "Everything is still good though. I am trying to be faithful and be a Nole at the end of the year."

More Tide All-Americans

Two additional Alabama commitments have been selected to a post-season All-Star game. Geno Smith, National 100 cornerback from Atlanta-St. Pius X, Ga., and Dillon Lee, four-star linebacker from Buford, Ga., were chosen to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas.

Official visitors

Several top recruits are expected to visit Alabama this weekend for the game against Tennessee. Alabama commitment Chris Black, National 100 wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., will arrive on campus Thursday night. He will spend the weekend for an official visit. He is visiting during the season due to early graduation in December.

"I can't wait to get up there," Black said Sunday evening. "I wish I could go ahead and enroll this week."

Cyrus Jones, four-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman School, Md., is an uncommitted prospect taking an official visit. He is recruited mainly on defense by the Alabama coaches, but a top performer on both sides of the ball.

Five-star off the list

Adolphus Washington, five-star defensive end from Cincinnati-Taft, Ohio, never seemed to find the right time to visit Tuscaloosa. He was supposed to visit during the summer and once before the season. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Alabama this coming weekend, but he has cancelled due to his high school having a game on the same day.

Washington visited Michigan State this past weekend. He will take an official visit to Oregon next weekend. A decision date has been set for November 9th along with teammate Dwayne Stanford. Michigan State and Oregon are likely the only two visits he will take. Ohio State has always been a strong contender.

Alabama legacy's first offer

Walker Jones, linebacker from Memphis-Evangelical Christian, Tenn., is the brother of Tide players Barrett Jones and Harrison Jones. The youngest is a 2013 recruit who landed his first offer from Mississippi State. Several schools have shown interest in the 6-foot-2.5, 225-pounder including Alabama. He will take an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

First-hand witnesses

Alabama went on the road to Oxford and took the win against Ole Miss by the tune of 52-7. Several prospects at the game who the Tide has shown a lot of interest included Quay Evans, No. 1 defensive tackle from Morton, Miss., and Channing Ward, five star defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss. Jeremy Liggins, three-star quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., also attended the game.

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