Alabama: Possible flips

The University of Alabama football coaching staff continues to recruit players who are committed to other schools who are giving the 2011 BCS National Champions a closer look.


Derrick Henry, five-star running back from Yulee High School in Fla., isn't afraid of competition. He understands the number of backs Alabama uses in their system. T.J. Yeldon is primed to become a star in the offense, and the Tide has other elite backs committed in this class.

Henry is a beast who stands 6-foot-3, 240-pounds. He could flourish in the Tide's system at the running back position. The talent they are bringing in should keep the backfield steady for years.

Henry will visit Tuscaloosa June 8th. He certainly seems to favor the Crimson Tide at this point and a possible flip from UGA may happen shortly after his visit.

Henry isn't the only UGA commitment who continues to show interest in the Tide. Tray Matthews, four-star safety from Newnan, Ga., plans to visit Alabama this summer. He has stayed in close contact with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Alabama received a commitment last week from National 100 quarterback Cooper Bateman. Nick Saban did have a 90-minute Skype interview with UGA commitment Brice Ramsey. The talented quarterback remains solid with his commitment to the Bulldogs. He did say Alabama was the only other school he would consider.

A few Florida State commitments for Tide fans to keep a close watch. Alabama flipped Alphonse Taylor from the Seminoles in last year's class. Austin Golson, four-star offensive tackle from Prattville High School in Ala., remains solid at this point with his decision. Kirby Smart has remained in contact. The chances are high that Golson will visit Tuscaloosa.

Maquedius Bain, four-star defensive tackle from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has high interest in Alabama. The FSU commitment will visit Tuscaloosa this summer. Alabama prefers the 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect as a defensive end.

De'Asian Richardson, four-star defensive end from Orange Park High School in Fla., was once committed to FSU (a few hours). His interest remains high in Florida State, but he is also very high on the Tide. He is another big defensive lineman who stands 6-foot-4, 270-pounds, and a player Alabama prefers at end.

Dee Liner, five-star defensive tackle from Muscle Shoals High School in Ala., is solid with his decision to Auburn. He might consider other options, just like any other player in the country, if anything changes on the Plains before signing day.

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