Alabama: Recruiting notebook

Andrew Bone takes a look at the recent recruiting news for the University of Alabama.

Official visitors

Four players who were confirmed as official visitors this past weekend in Tuscaloosa which included Chris Black, national 100 wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., Barry Sanders, national 100 running back from Oklahoma City-Heritage Hall, Okla., Dillon Lee, four-star linebacker from Buford, Ga., and Cyrus Jones, four-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman, Md.

Black and Lee have already given their commitment to the University of Alabama. The two had always planned to take their official visits during the season due to early graduation. They will arrive in Tuscaloosa in January.

Barry Sanders has Alabama listed as one of his four schools along with Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford. Sanders visited Alabama this past weekend with his mother. His father, Barry Sanders, was not on the trip.

Cyrus Jones is recruited by Alabama to play in the secondary with the visit receiving high marks.

Alabama leads

Johnathon McCrary, from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga., reported last week of Alabama as the No. 1 school on his list. McCrary has 42 scholarship offers including one from the Tide. The class of 2013 member is a sought-after prospect across the country.

"Coach Saban and coach Mac [Jim McElwain] are great coaches," said McCrary. "Alabama is a great school. It's not a bad place to play college football."

Tide commitment Brandon Greene and McCrary visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Greene was asked about his teammate's first trip to an Alabama game. "He was grinning from ear-to-ear."

Robert Nkemdiche a no-show

The five-star defensive lineman from Grayson, Ga. was not in Tuscaloosa for the Tennessee game, but is expected for the game against LSU.

Gunner Kiel

The nation's top quarterback decided to re-open his recruitment. Alabama finished No. 2 behind Indiana when the signal caller originally made his commitment. He visited Notre Dame this past weekend. Alec Morris was offered after Kiel and Jameis Winston announced their decisions. The Kiel family is keeping a low-profile for now on schools they plan to visit.

Quick look ahead

Expect the Tide's best overall group of recruits in Tuscaloosa November 5th for the LSU game. Among players who have already confirmed as official visitors include Arik Armstead, five-star offensive tackle from Elk Grove-Pleasant Grove, Calif., Landon Collins, five-star safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., and Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga.

Additional top recruits are expected in Tuscaloosa for the hottest ticket in college football. The official visitor list may increase, but a large number of unofficial visitors are already talking about the big weekend.

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