Signees settling in

Alabama welcomed several of its class of 2013 football signees over the holiday weekend, and several different emotions were shared among some of the top prospects set to begin their Crimson Tide careers.

Another top-ranked recruiting class was in the books for Alabama in the class of 2013. Seven of the standouts began college in January as early-enrollees, and most of the others began their time in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

"I reported Sunday," said in-state athlete Ardarius Stewart, who will begin his career at wide receiver. "The weight is all off my shoulders!

"I'm rooming with Johnny Cook, Darius Paige and one more dude."

Another top athlete in the class and only Floridian to sign, Eddie Jackson was back and fourth with what he was feeling after his rise from an unranked prospect to SEC and ACC prospect.

"I got there today," said Jackson on Sunday. "It's kind of hard dealing with all the emotions. Just the transformation and leaving home.

"There's some excitement, too."

Another defensive back talent that has to travel far for college has a few more days to spend at in New Jersey before reporting.

"I'll be there on Wednesday," said Anthony Averett. "I want to spend time with family since I'm going so far away. But I'll get my mind prepared to be ready to go."

Staying in the defensive backfield, top Texas talent Maurice Smith got a head start in T-town.

"I was already here when some of the others got here," said Smith I can't wait to start grinding. I'm going to room with Altee (Tenpenny), Robert Foster and Tim Williams.

"We have a meeting about starting on Monday."

One of the latest to commit to Alabama was Tim Williams, the four-star defensive end from LSU's backyard in Baton Rouge, La.

Said Williams, "I'm ready, I can't wait to get started both with school and athletics."

The top offensive lineman in the Yellowhammer State will also contribute to Alabama's track and field team, along with Averett.

"It's crazy, I don't know what to think," said Grant Hill (pictured above). "I'm both excited and nervous, it's a little bit of both.

"Walker Jones and Luke Del Rio are my roommates."

One of the players Hill will battle with in the coming years' practices is Jonathan Allen, the five-star defensive end from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge High. He was already settling in on campus over the weekend.

"I've been here for a little, it's good," he added. "I'm loving it down here."

Dee Liner, who committed on national signing day, got straight to the point.

"We start Tuesday, I'm ready," he said.

24 of the 25 signees for Nick Saban's roster are set to begin or continue this week, with Paige being the off man out because of academics, but only for now. For more on his situation, BamaMag.com went in-depth HERE.

Workouts for the newcomers begin this week.


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