In-staters talk Tide camp

Any time Nick Saban and company host a camp at Alabama, considerable amounts of talent will flock in from outside of the state. But it doesn't damper the in-state talent on hand, and the Crimson Tide hosted plenty of it during its first camp of 2014. Several Alabamians talk Tide inside.

Class of 2015 

Tre Gamble | 6-foot-1, 195 lbs | WR | Oxford (Ala.)

One of the top wide receivers in the state, with a passion for blocking as much as pass-catching, Gamble is looking to camp for offers this summer and Tuscaloosa was his initial stop on the tour.

"It went good and they said they like what they see," he said after participating. "They are going to have a meeting and get back to me.

"My hands, and me getting separation from the DB was what I did best. I know they put the best one on me and he couldn't guard me. "

It was Gamble's first time on Alabama's campus.

"Nick Saban and Bobby Williams spoke to me, also the wide receivers coach (Billy Napier)," he said. "I mean it was a great feeling, I enjoyed every moment of it. It was my first time meeting Saban and my first time there (in Tuscaloosa), it was everything…

"I just fell in love with the campus of ‘Bama because I like how the school is and the coaches are just cool and are going to help you to get not only better, but to win."

Gamble told BamaMag.com that a Crimson Tide offer "would mean a lot to me."

Paxton Schrimsher | 6-foot-3, 217 lbs | OLB | Athens (Ala.)

One of the top athletes in the state(pictured above), this safety/wide receiver/linebacker is rising up many programs' recruiting board with his added size and well above-average range.

Schrimsher seemingly proved more of the same while camping this week, working out at the second-level.

"I went to ‘Bama on Monday, it was great," he said. "I feel like I did really good. I walked out of there feeling really confident. Coach [Kevin] Steele said he feels like they are close to making an offer at Will or Sam linebacker.

"He said he liked my size and my length, and how I fit into their defensive scheme. He thinks I'm a natural Will linebacker."

The versatile defender, who is also camping at Ole Miss this week, should be back in Tuscaloosa next month.

"I've been invited back in July to hang out with all the players and hopefully receive an offer," Schrimsher said. "It was relieving to be invited back."

Keith Washington | 6-foot-2, 170 lbs | CB | Prattville (Ala.)

One of the state's top transfers, this 2013 Texan three-star is settled in at potential Alabama power Prattville High, where he'll likely help the Lions in a variety of ways, beginning at quarterback. But on Wednesday, Washington worked out as a defensive back for Alabama.


Washington could play several skill positions.

"It was good man, they put me to work, I had two picks (interceptions)," he said. "I worked out as a cornerback, they were just sending me through drills and teaching me technique.

"Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach Saban were doing the drills, they said I'm a good athlete. "

With double-digit offers to his name to play anywhere from quarterback to wide receiver to somewhere in the secondary, Washington is a national commodity. He is now on the Crimson Tide's radar, too.

"They said they don't really know me that well, so they will be watching me more and recruiting me," he said. It makes me feel good; you know that's a big-time program. So I'm just going to keep working and hopefully they'll toss an offer soon."

Washington is planning a late-July, early August commitment.

Class of 2016 

Jamal Couch | 6-foot-3, 201 lbs | OLB | Phenix City (Ala.) Central

At one of the talent factories in Alabama, Couch is still looking to firmly place himself on recruiting radar and he helped himself while in Tuscaloosa Monday.

"It was great," he said. "I worked out at outside linebacker. Coach Smart wanted me to play safety but I didn't get around to it, but I did great.

"I was in the top eight prospects at the end of the day and Coach Smart said that I would be versatile and I could play safety and outside linebacker."

Couch showcased some traits that one would expect in a potential hybrid prospect.

"I had great hips and great reaction time, and also great hand placement, " he said. "Many coaches where telling me that."

Lamical Perine | 5-foot-10, 209 lbs | RB | Theodore (Ala.)

Already with an offer from Mississippi State to his name, this junior is well on his way to a big summer. Perine spent Monday in Tuscaloosa.

"It's was great, had a nice time," he said. "The coaches were just like they are heavy recruiting me now and told me to stay humble.

"Cameras were all on me and I did great."

Running back coach Burton Burns coached the young back up, as well.

"I feel like the things they thought me I can use on the field," Perine said. "Like balance drills, good route-running, making sure I press the hole and finding the cutback."

The balanced back expects to holds multiple SEC offers by the fall.

Class of 2017 


Benton can do it all at linebacker.

Markail Benton | 6-foot-1, 212 lbs | LB | Phenix City (Ala.) Central

Arguably the top defensive prospect in the state for 2017, this tackling-machine got to show off his coverage skills for Saban and company early in the week.

"It went great," he said of the workout. "They said I did real good and they like how I performed. I caught two interceptions during the 7-on-7 play."

Benton, who started as a freshman last fall, said he spoke to Coach Saban, Smart and Steele while on campus, and that he's an early priority for 2017.

"Saban said any games I wanted to come to or anything, they have that I'm invited," he said.

Malcolm Askew | 6-foot, 165 lbs | DB | McCalla (Ala.) McAdory

Another versatile prospect, this 2013 frosh played some quarterback last fall for one of the top Class 5A programs in the state. But he put in his work on the other side of the ball at ‘Bama.

"I worked out at Safety today," he said Tuesday. "Coach Smart really liked how I did, being young in the prospect group. They talked to me a lot, knowing me from the camps in the past on the field and then in his office. He told me Coach Saban and him really like me.

"It makes me feel great, knowing great coaches like them really like me."

After tours, plenty of eating, video games and more, it was about spending more time with the coaches, said Askew. He has been going to Tuscaloosa for camps since middle school.

"They actually have been videoing me since sixth grade at camp," he said. "They love how athletic I am and will continue to look at me this season."

McAdory has a QB vacancy with Kyran Moore graduated and signing with Austin Peay, so 2014 could be a breakout campaign for the rising-sophomore.


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