April 15 is tax day to most, but it's the beginning of another phase in recruiting for Alabama.
Perhaps most impressive for Nick Saban and company is that it won't even be in Tuscaloosa for the first day of the contact period for the class of 2014, as the team and staff heads to Washington, D.C. to visit Barack Obama at the White House to be recognized for yet another national championship.
That recruiting tool has been used in three of the last four years, as has the annual spring game. A-Day will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CST, and several big names will be on campus(Updated list HERE) including in-state prospects Tre Williams and Stephen Roberts and class of 2017 phenom Dylan Moses from Baton Rouge, La.
But before plenty flock to Tuscaloosa, an important commitment will be made within the SEC. Linebacker Shaun Hamilton, an improving inside talent from Montgomery (Ala.) Carver High, will be going public with his commitment to one SEC school.
Hamilton, the No. 18 middle linebacker nationally in the class of 2014, added that he already knows his college destination.
Another linebacker will make news on the Alabama front on Friday as Clifton Garrett visits Tuscaloosa for the first time. The Plainfield (Ill.) Plainfield South four-star is the No. 2 prospect among middle linebackers in America, though he has yet to receive an offer from the Crimson Tide.
Saban and company have been in steady contact with the 6-foot-2, 227-pounder , but every program is chasing Ohio State and Ole Miss for his signature at the moment. However, Garrett has been quoted as saying he expects an Alabama offer while on campus and admits that it will have a big impact among his favorite schools should the staff go through with the extension.
A 'Bama offer may go a long way for Garrett.
The week ahead will be plenty busy with visitors and team-specific information, but the past week and weekend was all about camp performances.
Atlanta and Memphis each hosted a Nike Football Training Camp, and several Alabama prospects were in attendance. Bamamag.com was able to note several elites' progress at the Atlanta event, which was broken down player-by-player HERE.
While most of the UA news on the recruiting front is positive, the contact period has already led to one Crimson Tide commitment taking a trip elsewhere. Local talent Bo Scarborough, who pledged to UA in the fall, let BamaMag.com know that Florida is making a push for his services. The four-star plan on visiting Gainesville in June and already has an offer from the program. Scarboroguh gauges his commitment to the defending champs as "90 percent" at the moment.
The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge running back, considered the No. 8 player at his position nationally, will be on campus for A-Day on Saturday.