Ole Miss pledge on 'special' Tide offer

Alabama has been busy on the shift to the 2016 cycle, and several new scholarship offers have gone out in the process. Prospects committed to other programs are not exempt, and one of the weekend recipients called the news "special."

Alabama hosted a massive junior day on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, but it didn't ignore prospects that didn't make the trip, either.

In fact, the Crimson Tide coaching staff found the time to offer three-star Cookeville (Tenn.) tight end prospect Gabe Angel a scholarship.

"Coach (Mel) Tucker has been messaging me and told me to call them," he said. "Coach (Lane) Kiffin actually offered me.

"He said they were looking for tight ends like me. He said in moving forward with their offense, they want guys who can be flexed out."

Angel, who is committed to Ole Miss, fits that mold at 6-foot-3 1/2, 225 pounds. He pledged to the Rebels, which employs assistant coach Chris Kiffin, in late November and was unaware of the SEC West coaching connection the two schools share.

"Actually, I didn't know that coach Kiffin's brother coached at Ole Miss until he told me," he said, laughing.

Without a recent visit to Tuscaloosa under his belt, the UA staff has been looking to get Angel back on campus. Nothing is yet planned, though the rising-senior prospect was complimentary of the Crimson Tide program and his new offer.

"It's special...because it's Alabama," he said. "The tradition that comes with 'Bama and just everything about it. It just kind of speaks for itself."

Scout's No. 16 tight end prospect in the class of 2016 reports that his commitment to Hugh Freeze and company remains a solid one at this time.

"I am a Rebel and I'm going down in a few weeks for a practice a couple times during my spring break," he said.

Angel isn't currently considering other programs.

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