Bozeman begins rehab, grades visit a ‘10'

Bradley Bozeman is in the early stages of his ACL rehab after undergoing surgery last week, but it wasn't enough to stop him from taking in Alabama's home win over Ole Miss on Saturday night.

It begins with electrical stimulation to activate the muscles surrounding the knee. Various leg lifts are incorporated in order to emphasize control of the knee and quad. Hamstring stretching is also an important part of it, if not the most uncomfortable. About an hour later, it's finally over.

This is what Bradley Bozeman is going through nowadays instead of practicing with his Roanoke (Ala.) Handley High teammates. Despite the rigors of his ACL rehabilitation, the Alabama commit is heading into the process full speed.

That doesn't mean it's not tough.

"Probably the straight leg lifts, because I have to do them for 10 minutes consistently," he said of the hardest part of rehab thus far. "That's pretty rough. There doing this thing where they bend it out as far as it can go…it hurts pretty bad."

Not bad enough for Bozeman, who is a mainstay at UA home games, to see his future teammates in action Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

"It was 10," said Bozeman of his unofficial visit. "I haven't missed an Alabama game since 2010, when we played Mississippi State on a Thursday. It was definitely a 10, it's always a 10 when I go up there.

"It was just a good game all around."

The atmosphere of the nationally-televised primetime game against conference rival Ole Miss was a sight to behold even though he's been to Bryant-Denney Stadium more than most.

"There's nothing like an Alabama home night game," said the offensive line prospect. "Walking out on the field before the game makes the hair stick up on the back of your neck. You can't really explain it."

Not only did Bozeman get to take in another Crimson Tide win, but it was another chance for the versatile three-star to see the UA starter he looks up to the most.

"I usually watch D.J. Fluker. He's a beast," said Bozeman of the junior.

The two have been in contact for over a year with the common goal of improving their individual play for Alabama.

"At the camps I've been to, there's been a couple of time where he would come help me and give me a few pointers," he said. "I talk to him all the time when I go to the locker room. He's been there to help me along."

Another Alabama figure helped to make the night memorable for the future Crimson Tider. The head coach, as well as some of his staff, made it a point to let the big fella know that they are still on his side despite the season-ending injury.

"All positive words like ‘keep your head up.' They know I worked hard to be here, so they said ‘you'll come back stronger,'" said Bozeman. "Coach (Nick) Saban reassured my scholarship. He said it wouldn't be right to take it away if something I couldn't control happened.

"He said it happens to some of the best players…he said I got the short straw this time but he knows I'll be right back on top."

Bozeman then turned on the recruiter hat himself when fellow prospects were around, but the meat of his interaction was with his fellow ‘Bama commits.

"Me and ArDarius (Stewart) use the same trainer, so we talk a bit," he said. "O.J. (Howard), too of course. Grant (Hill) was there too. I talked to our new one, 2014 commit Bo (Scarborough)."

As for Howard, the five-star tight end commit that is also dealing with a knee issue, Bozeman gave him a pep talk on how he needs to approach his own rehab on the way back to 100 percent.

"He's doing what he needs to do to get back into the game, and he'll be back soon," said the lineman of the tight end.

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