Sunday Thoughts

With Alabama on a bye-week, there was plenty of other items to keep up with over the weekend in recruiting, social media and otherwise. Catch up on some news and general feelings from John Garcia Jr. inside.

Recruiting

Alabama recruiting didn't have the week off as the football team did, and the coaching staff hit the road pretty hard.

- Lance Thompson was in the mid-Atlantic, checking out several of Virginia's top prospects on Friday. Defensive tackle is a major need for Alabama in the class of 2014, and with some question-marks with current commitments, keep an eye on Ricky Walker. The three-star has a nice offer list, and he may add Alabama to it within the next month when a good amount of game tape is available for Nick Saban's staff to evaluate.

Thompson was also linked to 2015 defensive end Josh Sweat while in Virginia, a junior with immense pass-rushing talent. His teammate is the nation's top class of 2014 defensive tackle. Coincidence? I think not. Though Andrew Brown is rock solid to UVA today, this is a make or break season for the Cavalier coach, Mike London. Again, it's worth keeping tabs on as the season progresses.

- Burton Burns was in his home-state of Louisiana, checking out a pair of five-stars. On Friday, he was at the John Curtis Christian game, home of the nation's top wide receiver Malachi Dupre. After the game, the elite target spoke to Scout and informed us that 'Bama remains in his group of four favorites along with Florida State, UCLA and LSU.

Saturday night in Louisiana was about St. Augustine High for Burns, who has been tracking the nation's top prospect for some time. Leonard Fournette and company came out with an easy win, and it was interesting with Burns there on a night that LSU was playing at the same time. UA will be in it to the end with Fournette, though LSU will be tough to beat, so any advantage the Crimson Tide can manage in the battle for the top back not in college is a big one.

- Georgia picked up a big win over South Carolina on Saturday, with several elite prospects from the state of Alabama in town. Rashaan Evans, Tyler Carr, Maurice Smitherman, Bradrick Shaw, Jermarius Jordan and several others took in Athens, but one big name may have tagged along should the game have been in Columbia.

Marlon Humphrey.

The state's top prospect and Alabama legacy instead stayed home, so we know the Bulldogs aren't a threat. The Gamecocks are, but not as much as a non-SEC program with plenty of ties to the Yellowhammer State. Seriously.

It's Florida State. Ever since I spoke to Humphrey for a long length of time in May, I have considered the Seminoles as the top threat among all college football and track combinations to snatch the five-star corner and elite hurdler from staying home. The 'Noles are hot, produce on both sides of the ball, feature his high school opponent and friend Jameis Winston at quarterback, and boast a guy named Jeremy Pruitt as the defensive coordinator. The former Alabama assistant has made recruiting splashes against his former employer before, but Humphrey would be a story-line that rivals Reuben Fosters' from the class of 2013. The Seminoles also boast a national champion-worthy track program, offering him the best chance to win a title in both sports, which is the young star's top priority.

Yes, I realize that Alabama is still very likely to sign Humphrey come February, but not one fan alive should sleep on FSU. It's not a 100 percent lock like many think, though the odds remain heavily with the Tide at this time. This is just a reiterated warning, especially with nearly five months remaining until prospects can sign a latter of intent with any program.

- Michigan had a big win in front of the biggest crowd in the history of college football. That's pretty cool, and as you'd expect, plenty of recruits were in town. A pair from Virginia that Alabama is extremely high on, and the interest is reciprocated, were in town to take it all in. The former No. 1 player in the class of 2014, DaShawn Hand, was on his official visit to Ann Arbor and his good buddy, Tim Settle, traveled up to Big Blue country with him. Settle is not only a five-star defensive tackle, but he's currently the top player in the entire class of 2015.

Hand has UA in his top three, and will take an official to 'Bama before making his decision and Settle should be considered an Alabama lean early in his recruitment. However, how much did the atmosphere, vibe and sheer numbers in Michigan affect Alabama's chances and status for each Va. playmaker? Only time will tell.

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Class of 2015 Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown got some mail from Ole Miss, but the message Hugh Freeze and company had for the four-star prospect made him laugh.

2014 pledge Viane Talamaivao caught the attention of National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, who covered his game on Saturday night against 2015 QB commitment Ricky Town.

Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts, teammate of Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell, was on the Plains for the second-straight week. Cause for concern? Not based on one of his tweets while at the game.


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2014 pledge Viane Talamaivao caught the attention of National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, who covered his game on Saturday night against 2015 QB commitment Ricky Town.\r\n\r\n

For a 300+ OL, Viane Talamaivao has some great feet, very quick and finishes every block #Alabama

— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) September 8, 2013
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Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts, teammate of Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell, was on the Plains for the second-straight week. Cause for concern? Not based on one of his tweets while at the game. \r\n\r\n

At AU game #rolltide

— Stephen #4 (@stephenisland_4) September 7, 2013
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Alabama recruiting didn't have the week off as the football team did, and the coaching staff hit the road pretty hard.

- Lance Thompson was in the mid-Atlantic, checking out several of Virginia's top prospects on Friday. Defensive tackle is a major need for Alabama in the class of 2014, and with some question-marks with current commitments, keep an eye on Ricky Walker. The three-star has a nice offer list, and he may add Alabama to it within the next month when a good amount of game tape is available for Nick Saban's staff to evaluate.

Thompson was also linked to 2015 defensive end Josh Sweat while in Virginia, a junior with immense pass-rushing talent. His teammate is the nation's top class of 2014 defensive tackle. Coincidence? I think not. Though Andrew Brown is rock solid to UVA , this is a make or break season for the Cavalier coach, Mike London. Again, it's worth keeping tabs on as the season progresses.

- Burton Burns was in his home-state of Louisiana, checking out a pair of five-stars. On Friday, he was at the John Curtis Christian game, home of the nation's top wide receiver Malachi Dupre. After the game, the elite target spoke to Scout and informed us that 'Bama remains in his group of four favorites along with Florida State, UCLA and LSU.

Saturday night in Louisiana was about St. Augustine High for Burns, who has been tracking the nation's top prospect for some time. Leonard Fournette and company came out with an easy win, and it was interesting with Burns there on a night that LSU was playing at the same time. UA will be in it to the end with Fournette, though LSU will be tough to beat, so any advantage the Crimson Tide can manage in the battle for the top back not in college is a big one.

- Georgia picked up a big win over South Carolina on Saturday, with several elite prospects from the state of Alabama in town. Rashaan Evans, Tyler Carr, Maurice Smitherman, Bradrick Shaw, Jermarius Jordan and several others took in Athens, but one big name may have tagged along should the game have been in Columbia.

Marlon Humphrey.

The state's top prospect and Alabama legacy instead stayed home, so we know the Bulldogs aren't a threat. The Gamecocks are, but not as much as a non-SEC program with plenty of ties to the Yellowhammer State. Seriously.

It's Florida State. Ever since I spoke to Humphrey for a long length of time in May, I have considered the Seminoles as the top threat among all college football and track combinations to snatch the five-star corner and elite hurdler from staying home. The 'Noles are hot, produce on both sides of the ball, feature his high school opponent and friend Jameis Winston at quarterback, and boast a guy named Jeremy Pruitt as the defensive coordinator. The former Alabama assistant has made recruiting splashes against his former employer before, but Humphrey would be a story-line that rivals Reuben Fosters' from the class of 2013. The Seminoles also boast a national champion-worthy track program, offering him the best chance to win a title in both sports, which is the young star's top priority.

Yes, I realize that Alabama is still likely to sign Humphrey come February, but not one fan alive should sleep on FSU. It's not a 100 percent lock like many think, though the odds remain heavily with the Tide at this time. This is just a reiterated warning, especially with nearly five months remaining until prospects can sign a latter of intent with any program.

- Michigan had a big win in front of the biggest crowd in the history of college football. That's pretty cool, and as you'd expect, plenty of recruits were in town. A pair from Virginia that Alabama is extremely high on, and the interest is reciprocated, were in town to take it all in. The former No. 1 player in the class of 2014, DaShawn Hand, was on his official visit to Ann Arbor and his good buddy, Tim Settle, traveled up to Big Blue country with him. Settle is not only a five-star defensive tackle, but he's currently the top player in the entire class of 2015.

Hand has UA in his top three, and will take an official to 'Bama before making his decision and Settle should be considered an Alabama lean early in his recruitment. However, how much did the atmosphere, vibe and sheer numbers in Michigan affect Alabama's chances and status for each Va. playmaker? Only time will tell.

Class of 2015 Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown got some mail from Ole Miss, but the message Hugh Freeze and company had for the four-star prospect made him laugh.

Lol this letter I got from Ole Miss today said "Come watch us beat Alabama in couple weeks."

— Mekhi Brown (@mekhibrown_10) September 7, 2013

2014 pledge Viane Talamaivao caught the attention of National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, who covered his game on Saturday night against 2015 QB commitment Ricky Town.

For a 300+ OL, Viane Talamaivao has some great feet, very quick and finishes every block #Alabama

— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) September 8, 2013

Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts, teammate of Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell, was on the Plains for the second-straight week. Cause for concern? Not based on one of his tweets while at the game.

At AU game #rolltide

— Stephen #4 (@stephenisland_4) September 7, 2013

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