Homewood star hearing from 'Bama

After missing his entire sophomore season with a shoulder injury, defensive end Griffin Gentry bounced back with a stellar 2014 campaign and many programs, including Alabama, took notice.

Making 106 tackles, including seven sacks and forcing five fumbles along the way would be considered a strong season for any defensive prospect. Considering Griffin Gentry was coming off of a missed 2013 season before that point, it makes the Homewood (Ala.) prospect's 2014 campaign that much more impressive.

Now, many schools have noticed and scholarship offer No. 1 could soon be on the way.

"Schools want me to come visit before they do," he said. "But I've been working out for the Under Armour camp and The Opening (regional) I got invited to. I'm just focused on camps now.

"Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Alabama, West Virginia, Austin Peay and Mercer are interested."

With the in-state Crimson Tide, one of the bigger questions with the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder is his projected position. Scout currently tabs him as a defensive end, though some outside linebacker is being discussed.

"I took a visit to Alabama some weeks ago," he said. "Some schools want to offer me, and want me to come visit just so they can see me. Coach (Mario) Cristobal said he was going to visit me at school, and they're trying to figure out whether to let me play end or play JACK linebacker.

"But where ever they want me to play, I'll play."

Gentry has tools that fit into the mold of each potential position.

"I think because I'm pretty fast off the ball," he said. "And a lot of coaches tell me that my motor never stops."

Off the field and despite the fact that he grew up a fan, there is plenty about Nick Saban's program that has Gentry's attention.

"I really like the program and I enjoy myself every time I'm there," he said. "My moms side are all alumni, too. I also like their health care, and nutrition.

"Their health care got me when they could monitor their players without even seeing them, and nutrition because they have professionals. I mean I don't expect anyone to baby me, but if I get hurt I'll be OK with them."

Gentry doesn't have any campus visits planned, but will participate in both the Under Armour (March 21) and Nike (March 28) camp events later this month.


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