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Alabama not only hosted a top-25 team in Ole Miss on Saturday night, but several of Alabama's top prospects were in town for the primetime affair. Get inside for the reaction of elite prospects in the class of 2014 and 2015.

Alabama not only handled Ole Miss, 25-0 on Saturday night, but it hosted some of the South's top talent in the process.

In addition to hosting five-star commitments like offensive lineman Cameron Robinson and other top pledges like quarterback David Cornwell, considerable undeclared recruits were in town and BamaMag.com caught up with several.


The top player in the state of Alabama's class of 2015 is five-star Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley defensive tackle Daron Payne, who took in Tuscaloosa for the first time this fall.

He'd been to Auburn and Clemson earlier in the fall, but maintains Alabama as his leader after seeing Tuscaloosa in person once more.

"The walk of champions was my favorite part," Payne said. "Walking into the stadium like that, it was when they got their mind right."

The top player int he state added that he could see himself playing at Bryant-Denney Stadium on Saturdays.

"I like it down there," he said.


After Payne, it's Kerryon Johnson on the list of elites in the class of 2015 in Alabama. The Madison Academy (Ala.) standout felt like a priority on campus.

"It means a lot!" he said. "Just to know that they would take the time to talk to me just shows that I mean something."

Nick Saban was one of three coaches to personally speak to the four-star, who was also in town for the first time this fall.


In the senior class, the Crimson Tide hosted a pair of Ole Miss commitments Saturday, including in-state three-star Charles Standberry and four-star Meridian (Miss.) standout defensive back C.J. Hampton.

The elite talent was also in Tuscaloosa last Saturday for the Tide's game against Colorado State.

"I made it," he said late Saturday. "The atmosphere was crazy."

Hampton stayed well after the game along with many other recruits and commitments.


While five-star senior Marlon Humphrey didn't end up making the trip from nearby Hoover (Ala.) High, several of his teammates did.

Class of 2014 four-star Darrell Williams reported that the evening "...was pretty fun!"

Fellow junior Christian Bell, Hoover's top defensive end with SEC offers and interest, reported similar.

"The way they do things around there stood out," he said. "The tradition..."

2015 running back Bradrick Shaw and class of 2016 Hoover prospect Jeremiah Moon also took in Tuscaloosa representing the Hoover Bucs.


One of the top out-of-state visitors was Harrison Moon, a junior tight end from Signal Mountain (Tn.) High School. It was his first time in town this season.

"Coach [Bobby] Williams likes that I am tight end that knows how to block well and is physical," he said. "They (Williams and Saban) said to just keep working and stay focused on the season ahead."

Moon focused on how Alabama used its tight ends during the game.

"I looked at how they use their tight ends, some of the blocking schemes, and routes they ran," he said. "That sort of stuff was great."


In-state speedster Maurice Smitherman also made it in for his first Alabama experience of the season.

"It wen great, I love it," he said. "My favorite part was when 'Bama's defense stepped up on that fourth down conversion."

Smitherman, the Adamsville (Ala.) Minor High junior with 20 scholarship offers, is still looking to add Alabama to his growing list.

"The coaches told me they really like my play so far this season," he said. "I spoke to Greg Brown and Lance Thompson."

Smitherman is being recruited as a cornerback by Alabama.

BamaMag.com will update this story as more visitor reaction comes in.


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