Commits return to Tuscaloosa

Alabama has 26 commitments between the class of 2014 and 2015, and several were in town Saturday for the prime time game against Arkansas. Five-star Ricky Town and four-star Ronnie Clark were in Tuscaloosa for the first time since going public with their commitments to Nick Saban's program.

Ronnie  Clark is as familiar with Alabama as any in-state commitment has been, but he hadn't returned to Tuscaloosa since giving his pledge to the No. 1 program in America earlier in October.

The four-star defensive prospect out of Calera (Ala.) High admitted that it was "a little" different this time around, but he reported a good time despite the fact.

"It was good man, I loved being down there," he said.

It was also the first time class of 2015 five-star Ricky Town was able to visit Tuscaloosa since committing to the Crimson Tide. He earned the offer this summer and camped for several days, but this experience was a bit different.

"'Bama was so much fun!" he said Sunday. "I had a great time there."

The Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback brought his teammate and three-star junior offensive lineman Nick Capella with him on the trip.

In-state senior commitments Stephen Roberts and Keith Holcombe were also among the unofficial visitors for the 52-0 thrashing of Arkansas.

"It was great like always," Roberts said. "It was the same as it has been, but it was a great game."

The four-star Opelika (Ala.) cornerback prospect spoke with Kirby Smart, his primary recruiter and Tide defensive coordinator, while in town. The topic of conversation was a new one for both sides.

"They heard I did great on Friday (as a quarterback for the first time) and they didn't know I played it," he said.

Roberts also shared news of his commitment status to the coaching staff, since his visits to Auburn and potential visit to Miami have brought up some questions about it.

"100 percent," he said of his status with Alabama.

Holcombe's status is not in question, and the local product out of Hillcrest High says he'll be at Bryant-Denney Stadium plenty of times as the season rounds out.

"It was great, a great game and great atmosphere," he said. "Can't beat it."

The three-star linebacker commitment, of course had his eyes on C.J. Mosley and company in addition to the game itself.

"The defense stood out," Holcombe said. "It was their first true power running test and they showed everyone why they are the best."


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