Alabama: Recruiting Notebook

The University of Alabama has several prospects listing the Tide high on their list, a big visitor is expected this weekend, and who are these players committed to other programs showing interest in the Tide? Andrew Bone takes a look at several prospects in this week's recruiting notebook.


Tide at the top

Matthew Thomas, five-star linebacker from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., has named Alabama the top school on his list. He named Alabama the leader followed by Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Florida. Thomas will visit Alabama this summer. He doesn't plan to commit anytime soon and will take official visits in the fall before announcing a decision.

Tuscaloosa visitor

Jonathan Allen, four-star defensive end from Woodbridge High School in Ashburn, Va., will return to his home state for an unofficial visit to Alabama this weekend. Allen is originally from Anniston, but the visit to Tuscaloosa is his first-ever visit to the Capstone. Alabama and Florida are the top two schools.

Five-star visits next month

Derrick Henry, running back from Yulee, Fla., plans to visit Tuscaloosa June 8th. The UGA commitment has taken a few visits to Tennessee, and seems high on Alabama at this time. The monster ball carrier stands 6-foot-3, 245-pounds. It's very possible his position changes once he arrives on a college campus.

Top 10

Stacy Coley, National 100 wide receiver from Northeast High School in Overland Park, Fla., recently announced his double-digit list of schools. The favorites include Alabama, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, USC and Tennessee. Coley grew up a fan of the Gators and Hurricanes.

Half a dozen

Hunter Henry, four-star tight end from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., has trimmed the list to six schools. The finalists include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt. Henry has visited Tuscaloosa, and will return this summer. He will take his first visit to Stanford next week. Henry hopes to make a decision at some point before his senior season.

List of official visits

Demarcus Walker, four-star defensive end from Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Fla., decided to hold off from announcing his decision until at least August. He released his top eight schools (in no particular order) with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, USC, LSU, Florida State, Florida and Tennessee. The schools for the official visits included Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, USC and LSU.

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