Georgia trio talks Tide visit

Alabama hosted some of the top area-prospects for its initial spring practice on Friday, including three blue-chippers from nearby Georgia. Five-star DeAngelo Gibbs and four-stars Nigel Warrior and Jaden Hunter detail their time in Tuscaloosa and what it means in their own recruitment.

Alabama hosted three of the top underclassmen prospects in Georgia among its many spring practice visitors on Friday, each already with Alabama offers to their name. Spending a lot of time together while in Tuscaloosa, each received different messages from the coaching staff as the Crimson Tide continues to hold its ground near or at the top of each of the blue chip prospect's lists.

Four-star rising-senior Nigel Warrior has long held his verbal offer from Alabama, but Friday marked his first trip to Tuscaloosa as a prospect.

"Bama was pretty good, a beautiful environment," he said. "The best part was getting to meet again with coach (Nick) Saban and (Kirby) Smart. Just getting to see two of the most known coaches in the NCAA is a blessing. Let's me see who is recruiting me and their personality.

"They have the same personality as if they were on the field. Laid back and always ready for some football. Very caring, cool, and collective."

The versatile defensive back prospect is being looked at by the UA staff as a combination prospect, one who could potentially play cornerback or safety at the next level.

"They like me as a mixture of both, like a nickel (back)," Warrior said. "The like my size, how I can find the ball on the field, how I come downhill and how I get sideline to sideline."

Patient in the recruiting process in adding that "everyone is equal" on his board, the initial impression of the Capstone was considered a success and it all came back to the atmosphere and the staff while in town.

"It's just a nice place to see, because it's not like a school, it's more like a town," he said. "The staff told me to keep up the good work, and when you keep up the good work no matter what school I go to they will take care of you."

Warrior is planning on making a commitment on national signing day 2015, without a defined decision criteria to work with just yet.

The highest-ranked prospect Alabama hosted Friday is also becoming one of its most frequents guests. Five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs was back in town for the third time of late, as he grows more comfortable on campus.

During this trip, he was able to focus on just one position for the first time. Scout projects him as a wide receiver at this time, but he had his eyes elsewhere Friday.

"It was good, there's always something different," he said. "Saw them practice, went to position meetings stuff like that. I went at DB. I just picked it.

"I learned the basics."

Gibbs saw his first UA practice and was also locked in on Nick Saban and Mel Tucker's unit.

"They were both really good," he said of the coaches. "Practice is well structured. Everything is in order and precise. All of the DBs stood out, too."

Georgia legacy and emerging recruit Jaden Hunter, who added an offer from North Carolina Monday, was also in town Friday for another close look at the school he says leads for his services at this time.

'Bama actually extended said lead.

"Yea, I'm like 65 percent with them, when I'm 100 with a team that's when I'll commit," he said. "All types of things (go into it), I really don't know how to explain it."

Hunter first named Alabama his leader last month, because of his relationship with Kirby Smart, who played with his father at UGA, among other things.

Smart and the staff surprised the rising-junior with their message to him on Friday.

"They told me what position I'd most likely play and stuff like that," he said. "Middle linebacker, outside linebacker or possibly strong safety."

Listed as an outside linebacker while many programs covet him as a defensive end, the secondary potential UA coaches see was a curveball.

"I know right," he said, laughing. "They said they see the speed in me and I could get faster. Like a blitzing safety type, like (Troy) Polamalu."

Asked if the outside-the-box thinking helps Alabama's stock within his recruitment, Hunter replied:

"More, a lot more."

"It was great, it was better then the first time I went because there weren't many recruits there," he added.

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