Pellage progresses at Tide camp

Christian Pellage is taking his time with the recruiting process, but it hasn't slowed college football's elite from recruiting the four-star Floridian as a priority in the 2015 class. His latest stop on a busy camp circuit was at Alabama over the weekend, where he enjoyed the experience and intimate coaching style of one potential position coach.

"It was great!" Christian Pellage said of his time in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's offensive line and defensive line camp on Saturday.

The four-star offensive tackle out of Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast, who checks in at 6-foot-7, 271 pounds, got to spend plenty of time with his potential position coach should he select the Crimson Tide while on campus for his second visit of the year.

"There was lots of great competition," he said. "The drills we did were all new to me and they really helped with my technique. Overall, it was a good day working with Coach [Mario] Cristobal.

"He loves the way I bend and move for my size. He saw that and when he told me something I did wrong, I fixed it the next rep."

Nick Saban and company covet Pellage, the No. 16 offensive tackle prospect nationally on Scout, as an offensive tackle prospect. He's taking his recruitment slower than some other targets at his position, but it hasn't slowed the pursuit of his services by Alabama and others.

"They are recruiting pretty hard and I keep in contact on a regular basis," he said. "I talk to Cristobal and [Lane] Kiffin mostly from Alabama, and tackle is where they say I fit."

Getting the "non-football" part of Tuscaloosa in during a trip in March, this time around was all about football, camp and learning.

"Coach (Cristobal) noticed I was over setting some defensive ends and showed me a better way to handle the defensive ends that line up tight to me," Pellage said. "He was teaching basic and advanced techniques during one-on-one's and everyone seemed to respond positively. I really enjoyed working with him."

The rising-senior, already armed with a who's who of college football programs including Alabama on his offer list, will continue to work on his craft this summer on the camp circuit. But it's also serving as a grounds to help him trip his massive list of options down to a handful.

Then, more evaluation is to follow.

"I'm doing some more camps in June and July," Pellage said. "After the camps, I will make a top five towards the end of summer. More than likely I will take all five (official) visits…

"But I am not sure when I'll decide yet. I still want to evaluate to make the right decision."

As for the Tide and its chances for one of Florida's top prospects, the weekend trip didn't hurt.

"They are in a good position," he said. "I was impressed by the university and the coaches after working with them."

Pellage is considered the No. 185 overall prospect in the class of 2015 Scout 300.


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