Smiths Station (Ala.) will have one of the top defenses in the state once again in 2014, and a lot of that will have to do with 2013 leading-tackler and rising-senior linebacker Amonte Caban. The Scout.com three-star is even bigger and stronger this summer, but also proved that he hasn't lost a step on Sunday.
The improvement has caused his recruitment to follow suit, and Sunday was his first camp experience at Alabama, where two of his cousins (Jonathan and Ben Lowe) played college ball.
"It was very good, I had a good camp," he said. "I learned a lot and got a lot of attention. Coach [Kirby] Smart said they are going to start to recruit me hard. Coach [Nick] Saban also said he liked me and he's going to watch my film from the camp. Coach Smart, Coach [Kevin] Steele and Coach Saban said they were very impressed, so I feel that I did well.
"It makes me feel good."
When the Crimson Tide head coach, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach hone in on a prospect at camp, it usually means plenty about the staff feeling towards said player.
"They said I went through drills very well, I moved very well, and am athletic," Caban said. "They said they were concerned about how much I would weigh in at, but I weighed in higher than what he (Smart) thought – so he was happy about that.
"I was 217 (pounds), they thought I was in the 205 or 210 area. He said that I look a lot bigger in person than on film."
Even with the attention, the nation's No. 32 outside linebacker prospect did not learn of a scholarship offer from the in-state power just yet. That may change soon, based on what he was told while participating.
"They said they liked me a lot, but they are still evaluating," he said. "An offer would mean a whole lot to me. I was raised a ‘Bama fan, and an offer from them would be great."
Caban recently told Scout that Mississippi State leads for his commitment, something that could happen this summer depending on the increased interests and offers he picks up on the camp and combine circuit.
It's safe to say that arguably the state's hardest hitter, coming off of a 140-tackle season, is off to a roaring start.
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