JUCO DT talks Tide offer

Alabama has plucked from the JUCO ranks of late, and it is now looking at Dodge City CC standout Terrell Clinkscales after extending an offer his way within the last week. He breaks down what he thinks about Nick Saban's program and more inside.

Alabama has been on the hunt for interior defensive linemen in the 2014 cycle, and the champs put their name in the hat of another talented prospect this week.

Mario Cristobal offered 6-foot-4, 315-poun Dodge City (Kans.) Community College defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales.

"Actually, I got that offer four days ago. It just got posted today," he said Thursday. "I spoke to Coach Cristobal, I'm terrible at saying his name, but we touched bases and he pretty much was saying that he likes my size, they like the way I move as a 300-pounder, and he told me they offered me.

"He wants to get me in for a visit and I sent him my transcripts."

A trip to Tuscaloosa for the Junior College standout would likely happen much closer to national signing day than in the fall.

"They were telling me that they'll work something out in January," Clinkscales said. "I like 'Bama, because I know it's a top program and they are all about defense, but my whole thing is that I want to come in right away and be dominant.

"I want to come into a program that I'm going to be able to fly around and be comfortable. I know they run a 3-4 and like me as a nose tackle…"

Scheme and familiarity is going to be a critical part of the decision process for the sophomore, who has two seasons to play two at the next level.

"We have certain defenses that's like a 3-4, I'm pretty good at it but I'm used to having another dominant D-tackle next to me," he said. "I am kind of leaning towards a 4-3, but I can play the 3-4 and I am pretty dominant in that type of situation. But I'm a little more comfortable with the 4-3. When you play nose, you see double and triple teams, but 'Bama has a good way of setting it up with blitzes and stuff.

"The visit will be an opportunity to learn some things about the 3-4, I look forward to it."

The early 2014 visit may coincide with an impending decision depending on how other visits play out.

"I want to make my decision somewhere in mid-January or maybe the end of January," Clinkscales said. "I want to focus on the classes I have to complete and not worry about where I'm going to play.

"I'm not sure on my major, I'm doing sports management and I also like business, too."

Several other schools remain in pursuit for the Dodge City standout, and he'll get a close look at a pair of them soon.

"Iowa State, I like Texas Tech, which is another 3-4 team, Miami, The U, I'm probably going to take that visit, too," he said. "I like K-State because of the history they have with JUCO players. I visit them next month on the 15th. It's an official visit.

"The other is to Texas Tech on January 10th to the 12th."

No matter where he ends up, Clinkscales thinks he'll bring a potentially dominant skill-set to the BCS level.

"My strength, you'll see that first off and I can get off the ball well," he said. "I am now a 4-technique, it's my first year doing it, but you'll still see me blowing up plays, getting tackles for loss and getting in the backfield.

"I'm pretty dominant the whole game,you won't see it for just a quarter or something."

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