'Mo and Bo wearing recruiting hats

Alabama is poised for another top-five finish in the team recruiting rankings, and the coaching staff is on the trail down the stretch to push for the top spot. However, a pair of commits are also helping the final push as well as the beginning of the next class.

Alabama is coming off its back-to-back national championship wins, and three in four years, and the recruiting classes Nick Saban has brought in over those same seasons reflect that elite status.

The staff is on it again as the 2013 cycle winds down, but so are a pair of prospects that have already pledged to sign their letter of intent to the University of Alabama.

For the current class, four-star defensive back Maurice Smith has been leading the charge. He officially visited last weekend along with some of the Tide's top targets, and wore his recruiting hat just as he did a few weeks before at the Under Armour All-America game.

"My top targets were Tim Williams, Matthew Thomas, Robert Nkemdiche and Alvin Kamara," said Smith after the visit, which has since resulted in the commitment of Williams, a four-star defensive end from Louisiana.

Smith's sell to each target, either that week or the last, was simple.

"I was telling them how we can continue tradition and all go first round and win some rings," he said.

The hardest target to read, according to the Texas product, was five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas. Smith was with him in Florida for the All-American event and each player took his official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend.

Said Smith, "I know he liked it, but I know he has more visits. So we'll see."

While Smith and a few others try to help the staff close out 2013, the lone 2014 commitment at this time is trying to help the cause as well as aid 'Bama in kicking off the 2014 cycle the right way.

Running back pledge Bo Scarborough has been at it for some time, but most recently at the Under Armour All-America combine, for underclassmen, and he also made way to campus for this weekend's big official visitor slate.

He has a relationship with his top targets.

"Roc (Racean Thomas), Orlando (Brown, Jr.), Marlon (Humphrey) and I want my boy Reuben (Foster) back," he said. "Orlando is coming for junior day on the 26th."

Some of the others were in attendance this weekend, as Alabama hosted recruits at their national championship parade Saturday, and Foster was on his official visit. The current Tide commit has the same pitch for the former commit as well as possible future ones.

"It doesn't get any better than this," said Scarborough. "It'll be the place where you don't wish you were somewhere else.

"I tell them all the same thing, but most of them want to hear it."

Alabama currently has 21 commits in the class of 2013, which may cap around 25 or 26 depending on how the top targets decide where to sign.


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