'Bama Junior Day Notebook

BamaMag.com takes its premium members on a quick journey through the latest buzz surrounding many items within Saturday's big junior day event, including Alabama leading for at least one out-of-state priority prospect.

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*Alabama was a game-changing offer to Scout100 D.C.-area wide receiver Trevon Diggs earlier in the cycle, and the NFL legacy made the trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Publicly enjoying the trip, Diggs ended it by declaring the Crimson Tide as his current leader.

*One of the top prospects in attendance was four-star Georgia linebacker Tre Lamar, who has long held a UA verbal offer. He was able to spend considerable time with linebackers coach and area-recruiter Kirby Smart while in town.

“I had good conversations with both Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach Smart,” he said. “They were talking to me about the culture at Alabama and there they saw me filling in on the defense-- playing the Mike (linebacker). I’m happy about it, that’s the position I play in high school so I’m comfortable with that.

“Talking with Coach Smart really stood out, we really went in depth into football and how I play.”

Lamar, who stands 6-foot-3, 230 pounds as a member of the Scout300, also got to sit in on team meetings, see players work out and learn more of his potential academic future should he enroll at the Capstone. It all helped UA take a step in the right direction for his services.

“I got to look into what I want to major in, civil engineering,” he said. “Alabama is in the top group of schools I’m looking at right now. Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida are also in that group. I’m taking as many visits as possible right now, I don’t think I’ll make my decision until the fall.”

*In addition to making big impressions on out-of-state offerees like Jauan Williams, Jordan Duncan and others, Alabama turned the head of current South Florida verbal commitment and defensive back Armunz Mathews.

“I had a great time,” he said. “Talking to the coaches and how they treated me, they really love my film and they were happy to see me. I really like Alabama.”

Mathews, a three-star with a camp invite, has been aiming for the acceptable offer from the staff.

“I will mean everything,” he said. “Just the fact that they’re one of the best in the country. I was dealing with Kirby (Smart), Coach (Mel) Tucker and Coach Saban a little.

“Coach Tucker is great, he took his time and explained everything about Alabama to me. He also explained how a lot of players from ‘Bama that play DB went into the draft.”

In-state Buzz 

Hoover's J. Moon

*Many eyes were set on four-star Hoover (Ala.) linebacker Jeremiah Moon entering the trip considering he’s long coveted an Alabama offer. It did not happen on the day, but the UA coaching staff gave him a tangible goal to focus on in the meantime.

“I need to gain about a solid 10 pounds,” he said. “It’s all good, I know what I have to do. They told me to come watch spring ball. Coach Smart, Saban, (Mario) Cristobal said they were coming in the spring to watch me, too. They like me at both inside and outside linebacker.”

* Fellow junior and semi-local Adam Rashcilla, of Tuscaloosa County High, was also on hand Saturday. The big 6-foot-6, 290-pounder grew up a fan of Saban’s program and has spent considerable time on campus of late.

“It was great,” he said. “They told me to keep up my good work and keep maturing, since I’m only 16. I got a chance to meet Coach Saban in his office, and it was awesome. We got to talk for around 20 minutes and he said I will ‘probably’ be offered, but due to me not getting film out and my 11th grade year being my first year starting…it’s early.

“An offer would mean the world to me. Not just to play for ‘Bama, but for anyone.”

Other notables within the state lines to see Tuscaloosa include 2017 standouts Ryan Johnson, Malcolm Askew and Daulton Hyatt. Each already possesses a major Power-5 offer, and Askew was offered by UA at the last junior day event.


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