Commitments turned recruiters

Alabama not only brought in priority prospects for LSU weekend, but it brought back 20-plus commitmetns in the process. While most were enjoying their time and some were on initial visits, some were working on adding to the classes of 2014 and 2015.

Several Alabama commitments took in Tuscaloosa for the rivalry game against LSU over the weekend, and many simply went for the experience.

Some had ulterior motives in addition to taking in the atmosphere, and that always comes back to recruiting.

The most noted recruiter in the class of 2014 is David Cornwell, and he went to work primarily on Matthew Elam, as most commitments did, with the Crimson Tide in need of a nose tackle in the class.

"It was a lot, but I'm funny so I connect easy. That was fun," Elam said laughing. "Every commit was recruiting me and all the recruits were like, 'just think if we all stay,' we would have a squad."

Fellow senior pledge Shaun Hamilton did a bit of recruiting to a player already on the commitment list, though he's not as worried about Bo Scarbrough as some.

"I hung out with Bo, mostly," he said. "We're just ready to be in T-town together."

What about the speculation of the four-star running back looking around?

"Yea, he ain't crazy," Hamilton said. "I'm just saying he ain't crazy to go to another school."

The three-star linebacker begins his Alabama journey in about six weeks, and the coaches were excited about that.

"They are ready for me to get there in January," Hamilton said. "They've been hearing I'm having a good season.

"But the best part of the weekend was being in the locker room after the game with the players. I felt like I was a part of the team already, hanging out with Reuben (Foster), Dee Liner and Brandon Hill."

The same can now be said for junior Tide pledge Dallas Warmack. He's been looking for that feel for some time, though tough when your big brother is an early NFL Draft pick and starting as a rookie in the league.

"Finally," he said. "I actually know those guys. When my brother was there I was so young, so they just laughed about how I grew up."

The four-star has been All-'Bama for some time, and he's helping others get on board as well.

"I was recruiting Drew Richmond from Tennessee the most," he said. "He's a nice guy.

"I think I did well, I think the game itself made him like 'Bama even more."

Fellow junior commitment Mekhi Brown was working on a duo from the Volunteer State.

"The people I was with liked the school a whole lot and want to keep visiting, like Drew (Richmond) and Charles (Mosley)," he said. "Mosley is good, I remember him when I was at Tennessee over the summer.

"I'm thinking he's leaning towards 'Bama."

Senior and in-state commitment Ronnie  Clark, a native of Monroe, La., spent time with fellow prospects from the area like commitments Cameron Robinson and Cameron Sims. He also spent time with the top undeclared prospect from Monroe, Laurence Jones as well as C.J. Hampton, another target and close friend of Jones.

"I was with them all, we were just having a good time," he said. "I recruited them a little bit, hope they come join.

"I think Hootie will."

Clark, and others, used the game itself as a selling point.

"It was a good game man," he said. "'Bama's defense put in on them (LSU)!"


From left to right, target Charles Mosley (with Kie'f sister Zoey), commitment Derek Kief, target Matthew Elam and commitment David Cornwell.


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