Commitments talk ‘Bama-UF trip

Alabama hosted countless commitments over the weekend for the SEC opener against Florida, and BamaMag has comments from a few that made the trip to Tuscaloosa.

Alabama was able to take over its SEC opener against Florida with a second-half surge on Saturday, and many future Crimson Tide were in attendance to see it in person.

Christian Bell, who shared that he scored a more-than-qualifying 24 on his ACT test, visited alongside a few of his teammates.

“Alabama was great, everything about it was,” he said. “The coaches, players, etc.”

But spending time with a pair of five-stars and fellow Nick Saban pledges, Blake Barnett and Calvin Ridley, was the highlight of the trip for the Hoover (Ala.) defensive end standout.

“More of the commits were there this time,” Bell said. “I met Blake (Barnett) and Calvin (Ridley) for the first time. People were talking about roommates and stuff. Blake was cool. We all talk in the group message, so he knew who we were.”

Mekhi Brown was back on campus for the second time this fall, and he, too, met the California signal-caller that may be considered the headliner of the 2015 class. Barnett is also known for recruiting others to Alabama, something the four-star Brown has been doing for well over a year. He’s not ready to pass along the label just yet.

”That’s pretty close,” he said laughing. “But I think that title is still mine. It was my first time hanging with Blake, he’s real cool. The conversations were pretty cool, we talked about how we didn’t want to lose when we get there and stuff like that.”

The Columbus (Ga.) Carver senior spent time with other commitments while in Tuscaloosa, after getting to campus the day before the game.

“It was pretty good. We all hung out with each other,” he said. “I caught up with coaches, too.”

The game itslef captured his attention by weekend's end.

“I felt all the hype of this game,” Brown said. "I wasn’t nervous at all. The offense eventually wore UF out.”

Center/guard talent Brandon Kennedy, of Wetumpka (Ala.) High, was focused on the game was well. He paid especially close attention to the offensive linemen he may be playing with next fall.

“I thought they were pretty big, I need to step my game up,” he said, laughing. “They (coaches) still want to see how I look at both guard and center. Anything to get on the field and help the team.”

Unlike some others, it was a family affair for Kennedy, whose mother made it known that she was an Auburn fan during his commitment ceremony in July.

“My mom is all ‘Bama now. It kind of just happened, it wasn’t on a date. And that’s the way it is supposed to be,” he said, laughing. “It was great, I went with my mom and my brother. I hung out with my family most of the time.”

Kennedy did get the chance to speak to a pair of coaches he is close to on Saban’s staff, each instrumental in his commitment and continued status with the Crimson Tide.

“We talked briefly about how my season is going,” he said. “I’m close to a lot of coaches, but it’d have to be between Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach [Mario] Cristobal, because I talk to them all the time. They talk about upcoming games and how my life, and football, is going.”

Making his first trip to Tuscaloosa for a game this fall, and thus first as a pledge, was Joshua McMillon. The four-star linebacker out of Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven was public about his time in Tuscaloosa.

McMillon echoed similar to BamaMag soon after.

“It was fantastic,” he said of the trip. “Being in that atmosphere and everything was just great. I can’t wait to get back.”

McMillon was accompanied by his parents, Jacquiline and Sylverster McMillon, for the trip.

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