Three-star has Tide on top

Alabama snagged a commitment from the No. 3 player in Mississippi over the weekend in Leo Lewis, but another Tuscaloosa visitor from the Magnolia State also left town with the Crimson Tide on top.

The first time Yazoo City (Miss.) defensive end Gabriel Campbell visited Alabama, he walked away with a verbal scholarship offer from Nick Saban and company.

The first trip back for the three-star was on Saturday for the Crimson Tide's A-Day festivities.

"Man it was great," he said. "There was a whole lot more people this time. I went to the game, signed autographs and took pictures with people.

"Signing the autographs was the best part because I've never done that before."

Another first for Campbell was his family's impression of campus. It was the first time his parents were able to accompany him for a visit there. Each was able to spend time with Saban himself.

"I only talked to Coach Saban, he was mainly talking to my parents about the school and how the whole program works. They liked it.

"They like his office and they liked how they develop players outside of football."

When the conversation shifted to the junior, who says he measured in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds while on campus, the content shifted all the way back to recruiting.

"He (Saban) was just telling me how glad he was to see me again and that he wants me to play there," Campbell said.

On the field, potential future position-mates impressed one of Mississippi's best.

"Their defense is amazing," he said laughing. "Because the score of the game was 0-0 until like the end of the second quarter or the beginning of the third."

The impression was positive for the entire family to the point that Alabama could be considered the favorite for Campbell's commitment and eventual signature.

"I still love it the same because I just feel amazing there," he said. "The people, the facilities, the campus, basically everything."

When asked what other programs can do to close the gap that 'Bama has established, Campbell said, "to be honest, I really don't know."

Despite the news of the Crimson Tide on top, Campbell is not expecting to make a decision until his senior season. In the meantime, he'll continue to work on his craft.

Scout.com currently ranks the 2015 talent as the No. 50 defensive end prospect in the country.


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