Alabama: Recruiting Notebook

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


Tide No. 1

The University of Alabama is in the driver's seat for one of the best prospects on the East Coast. Cyrus Jones, four-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman, Md., has the Tide at the top of his list and will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America game in January. Jones is mainly recruited as a defensive back by Alabama, but also an athlete. He is standout on both sides of the ball.

"Every time I went down there I got a great vibe from the coaches and players," Cyrus Jones told FoxSports/Scout.com reporter Kristen Kenney. "Just being around everybody down there, and all the fans show me love. I have a great feeling down there."

West Virginia was considered a serious threat from the start, but the Mountaineers are on the outside of his top five. The favorites in order include Alabama, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Maryland and Ohio State. Jones will attend the Alabama-Auburn game next week.

Tennessee linemen announce

A couple of prospects who have been discussed on the Alabama recruiting board include Brandon Hill, three-star offensive tackle from Collierville-St. George's, and Andrew Jelks three-star offensive tackle from Paris-Henry County. Both decided to pull the trigger last week.

Hill committed to Alabama. He had named Mississippi State his leader at the start of the season, but he decided to roll with the Tide. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound recruit did not play his junior season after transferring from Manassas High School. He is a fast-rising prospect who earned offers from several schools including Alabama and Georgia when he attended camps this past summer. Georgia and Mississippi State will continue in their pursuit.

Jelks gave his commitment to Vanderbilt. Most assumed Jelks would stay in-state and grew up a fan of Tennessee. Jelks made a couple of visits to Alabama and was among his top five schools.

Tide offers in-stater

The state of Alabama will feature several highly-touted offensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class. National 100 member Austin Golson, offensive tackle from Prattville, is committed to Florida State. Another player who will rank among the top 10 recruits in the state is Bradley Bozeman, offensive tackle from Roanoke-Handley. Bozeman committed to Alabama this past summer.

Grant Hill, offensive tackle from Huntsville, was offered by Alabama head coach Nick Saban last weekend at the LSU game.

"I don't know if it's 100-percent football," said Hill. "I have good grades. I know academics are important. They are always short on offensive tackles because can't get enough of them. On my last visit he [Nick Saban] talked about needing tackles with finesse to pass block and power to run block."

Tide looks good

Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., took an official visit to Alabama last weekend. He visited Georgia this past weekend. Alabama and Florida have been at the top of his list with the Tide grabbing the lead after last week's trip to Tuscaloosa. He will visit Florida November 26th for his final official visit. Jenkins expects to announce a decision at the Under Armour All-America game in January.

"Georgia really made a push this weekend, and they gave me a lot to think about now," Jenkins told Scout.com. "They really showed me all that they could. They could not have done anything better, and they are right there behind Florida and Alabama if not right there with them."

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