Alabama: Five-star interest

The University of Alabama has more than a couple of five-star prospects who have shown interest in playing college football with the 2011 BCS National Champions. The Tide has one five-star committed with three others who should move to a five-star ranking.

Reuben Foster is Alabama's five-star commitment in the class of 2013, and upon further evaluation should see O.J. Howard, Cooper Bateman and Jonathan Allen as potential five-star candidates.

Alabama is a big attraction for defensive stars including Antonio Conner, five-star safety from South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., and Vonn Bell, five-star safety from Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Ga. Both prospects have visited Tuscaloosa.

Conner is a tough pull away from his home state, but he has continued to show interest in the Tide. Alabama is expected to make the cut for Bell's final list.

Vernon Hargreaves, the nation's No. 1 cornerback from Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla., named Alabama one of his top three schools last month. He is still a tough pull away from the Sunshine State, and Alabama was in for a visit on Tuesday. His father currently coaches at South Florida.

A pair of prospects on the offensive side of the ball who likely considered long shots to end up in Tuscaloosa include Laremy Tunsil, the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman from Columbia High School in Lake City, Fla., and Robert Foster, the nation's top wide receiver from Central Valley High School in Monaca, Pa.

Tunsil named Alabama as one of his top five schools along with Florida, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma. Florida has been considered the favorite. Foster has yet to trim his favorites. He visited Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game and expected to return for an official visit.

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