Preview: Saturday Night

The ‘Game of the Century' will take place Saturday night in Tuscaloosa between the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers. The game should live up to all expectations between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams. The recruits who are expected on campus will have the hottest ticket in the country. Andrew Bone takes a sneak peek at some of the biggest stars who will take official and unofficial visits.

The biggies

Players who plan for official visits include Travell Dixon, junior college four-star cornerback from Thatcher-Eastern Arizona, Arik Armstead, five-star offensive tackle from Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove, Calif., Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., and Landon Collins, five-star safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La.

The unofficial guest list includes Kwon Alexander, five-star outside linebacker from Oxford, Ala., Channing Ward, five-star defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss., Denzel Devall, four-star defensive end from Bastrop, La., Dalvin Tomlinson, four-star defensive end from McDonough-Henry County, Ga., Jeremy Liggins, three-star quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., and Deion Belue, three-star junior college cornerback from Northeast Mississippi in Booneville.

Two players with high interest in Alabama who will also visit include Joey Bosa, defensive end from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla., and Isaac Rochell, defensive end from McDonough-Eagles Landing, Ga. The two linemen in the class of 2013 have offers from the Crimson Tide and many more.


Alabama verbal pledges include: Reggie Ragland, Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams, Chris Black, Geno Smith, Ryan Anderson, Dillon Lee, Adam Griffith, Justin Thomas, Caleb Gulledge, Darren Lake, Darius Philon, Dakota Ball, Kenyan Drake, Brandon Greene, Reuben Foster, O.J. Howard and Bradley Bozeman.


The University of Alabama already has a five-star 2013 commitment from the state of Georgia in Reuben Foster Another five-star from the Peach State who plans to visit is Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson. This is his first visit to the Capstone this season.

Johnathon McCrary, quarterback from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga., will return to Tuscaloosa for his second visit of the season. Alabama is the heavy favorite for the elite underclassman who has more than 40 scholarship offers. He is a teammate with Alabama commitment Brandon Greene.

The Crimson Tide will welcome Kelvin Taylor, running back from Belle Glade-Glades Day, Fla., for his first game in Tuscaloosa. Taylor camped at Alabama this past summer. His father, Fred Taylor, played for Florida and in the NFL. Kelvin's top two schools are Alabama and Florida.

Cameron Burrows, National 100 cornerback from Trotwood-Madison, Ohio, will attend the game with his family.

Two of South Panola's finest in the class of 2013 arriving include Antonio Conner, five-star safety and Deon Mix, offensive tackle. Both have scholarship offers from Alabama. This is Conner's first trip to Tuscaloosa this season.

Several of the state's top 2013 recruits are expected including Earnest Robinson, wide receiver from Pinson Valley, Rod Crayton, defensive tackle from Dadeville, Cameron Toney, linebacker from Huntsville, James Cox, wide receiver from Tuscaloosa-Northridge, Erik Holliday, cornerback from Birmingham-Jackson-Olin, Ardarius Stewart, athlete from Birmingham-Fultondale, Ulric Jones, defensive lineman from Oxford and Jamie Major, linebacker from Piedmont.

Several more names are expected including out-of-state players with Bama offers. We will add the names to the list throughout the week.


At least four in-state underclassmen who plan on the T-town trip include Bo Scarborough, running back from Tuscaloosa-Northridge, Marlon Humphrey, cornerback from Hoover, E.J. Moss, quarterback from Ashville, and Tre Williams, outside linebacker from Mobile-St. Paul's.

Scarborough and Williams have received verbal offers from th Tidee coaching staff. Humphrey and Moss are top targets who will also likely receive early offers from Alabama.

Looking around

Several players committed to other schools are talking about arriving for the big game. More details will possibly release by the weekend.

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