Commitments converge on Tuscaloosa

Alabama hosted several top recruiting targets on Saturday including the state's top player Marlon Humphrey, but several Crimson Tide commitments returned to campus as well. One of them was in Tuscaloosa for the first time all fall.

The Crimson Tide took care of business on the field against rival Tennessee Saturday, and some players who have given commitments to ink their names as the next great Alabama class took in the game together.

"It was good, it was like the other trips, but a lot better because we beat the crap out of the ugly orange," Keith Holcombe said laughing.

The local linebacker pledge will be at Bryant-Denney Stadium plenty going forward, but former local pledge Bo Scarbrough, now prepping in Florida, made his first appearance at Alabama this fall. The two, as well as in-state linebacker pledge Shaun Hamilton spent the majority of their time together.

"I thought we all had a good time, it was a great day to be a ‘Bama recruit," Holcombe said. "We all sat close together."

Scarbrough, a four-star and long-time commitment who ranks as the No. 6 tailback in America on Scout.com, has been taking official visits elsewhere of late and has been in the news more than most pledges. He'll visit UCLA officially this coming weekend, but one fellow pledge sees him inking crimson in February.

"I did not get the sense that he was going somewhere else," Holcombe said.

Hamilton feels the same way about it, as the conversation each was having was fairly routine.

"It was good, I was hanging out with Bo and Marlon (Humphrey)," he said. "We talked about Alabama a little, but we were mainly just catching up with each other."

Though the commitments spent casual time together, some recruiting pitches were issued.

"We pretty much all were," Holcombe said of recruiting others.

As one would imagine, the five-star cornerback was a top priority.

"Yea, we're trying to get him on board," said Hamilton. "He likes ‘Bama, but he likes Florida State, also.

"It's close."

Some may call Hamilton's commitment a race with other schools still technically in the mix, but the frequent visitor again maintains his status after cancelling a pair of official visits.

"I'm solid," he said.

Not many will question Holcombe's status being a local legacy and all, so he focuses on the actual game as much as anyone on campus does. Again, he had his eyes on the defense and one particular play really captured his interest.

"The pick six!" he said. "When they started getting close I remember someone telling me no one has scored a touchdown in Bryant-Denney this year, then [Landon] Collins picked it and took it the distance.

"It was sweet!"


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