Alabama in early on 2016 OL

Alabama hosted a sophomore offensive lineman from Georgia over the weekend and he can already envision himself playing at Bryant-Denney Stadium. Get inside for more on the new Crimson Tide target.

Alabama has made plenty of recruiting news with its seven commitments along the offensive line in the 2014 class, but it doesn't mean the 2015 and 2016 prospects in the trenches will be left out.

One sophomore talent that has been to Tuscaloosa a pair of times is Aaron Dowdell, a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder out of Atlanta (Ga.) Grady High School.

Nick Saban and company have identified him earlier than just about all others in the recruiting process thus far.

"I'm just working hard, trying to get better," he said. "Alabama is talking to me. I hear from them every other week, and they said they are going to try and come to one of my practices."

Before that point, Dowdell took the trip west to see the Crimson Tide host Tennessee in person.

"I loved it, I got to talk to all of the coaches," he said. "The last time I was there, it was for a camp and I did good. They say they like the way I compete.

"They like me at offensive tackle."

Though a verbal scholarship offer isn't on the table jut yet, there is considerable interest in the nation's No. 1 program from the sophomore.

"I think it's a good place for me to go, and I can see myself playing there," Dowdell said.

The Peach State product would like to hear from more elite programs in the South and Midwest going forward.

"Georgia, Auburn and Ohio State," he said. "Only Georgia has so far, just an invite to camp."

Stay on Scout.com and BamaMag.com for more on Dowdell in the coming months.


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