Junior Day: 2017 Quotebook

Alabama hosted dozens of elites over the weekend, including some of the top class of 2017 prospects in America. Several rising-juniors, including an early five-star, chime in on the atmosphere and much more.

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DeAngelo Gibbs (pictured, top of story) still isn’t sure which position he’ll play at the next level, but he’s sure that Alabama wants him to figure it out while wearing crimson and white. The early Scout five-star from the Peach State was back on campus Saturday.

“It was great, because I got to see a lot more than I did the last time,” Gibbs said. “I saw the facilities, coaches, and environment. They were all good, but I’ll say the environment impressed the most.

”It’s about business, it prepares you for the future to become a great person.”

Ranked as a wide receiver on Scout, there is plenty of defensive back talk surrounding one of America’s top sophomores.

“They really like me and they know a lot of information about me now,” he said. “I’m getting comfortable there, I’ve been twice. I’m going back on the 13th for spring practice.”

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* Malcolm Askew picked up his Alabama offer in January, but he was back on campus for a different perspective over the weekend.

“Instead of a tour, we kind of chilled in the weight room, locker room, training room and did different stuff with all the weights and machines,” he said. “I had a great time. It feels like my 40th time down there. I also talked to some players and watched them workout and do some 1-on-1s.

“Reuben was working hard in drills and stuff. Bo Scarbrough, Reuben, Kenyon Drake were there. They didn’t say much, really just, ‘if you want to win and be successful, some to ‘Bama.’”

Askew, another two-way talent out of McCalla (Ala.) McAdory High, has frequented Alabama more than any other program on his extensive list.

“I’m comfortable there,” he said. “It’s big, I’ve been there every year since fourth grade, it’s only about 28 minutes from my house.”

* Is Daulton Hyatt the top quarterback in his class within state lines? Miami thinks he may be, and has extended an early offer his way. The Arab (Ala.) star was in Tuscaloosa and met with Nick Saban during the trip.

“He was very impressed with my film and said that he could definitely see me playing at Alabama,” he said. “And that Coach (Lane) Kiffin is going to watch me practice during the spring.

Hyatt is considered a dual-threat QB

“They want me to come down for a day camp during the summer. It was really awesome.”

Hyatt plans on camping in Tuscaloosa this summer in hopes of an offer.

* Ryan Johnson may be the next big-time prospect out of defending champion Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s High. The versatile defensive lineman, who can play inside or outside, was offerd by both Auburn and Duke last week.

“It was great, I got to talk to Coach Saban, (Jody) Wright, and Coach (Bo) Davis,” he said. “They were saying that I’m getting to the size they want me to be and that they want me to come to their spring practices and camp. They said they loved my film.

“It was my first time visiting (other than a game). The nutrition and stuff was different, and the locker room was different. The nutrition plans and the way the therapy center is set up is the best part. They have a nutrition plan to trim down the fat or help you gain mass, but also the way their therapy center is set up. You can recover a lot quicker than you are supposed to and hopefully get back on the field sooner.”

Johnson’s former teammate and current Crimson Tide offensive lineman Joshua Casher made time to see him while he was in town.

“We watched certain positions work out, then we talked to him afterwards for a little while,” he said. “He’s doing good, he’s gotten bigger and stronger, but still the nice old Josh. He was like, 'yeah, this place is pretty nice and I would look pretty good here.'”

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