Teammates McElwain, Thomas talk Tide trip

Alabama continues to recruit nationally in the class of 2016 but it is also keeping tabs on in-state talents like Bailey McElwain and Zac Thomas.

Alabama has its quarterback in the class of 2016 in four-star Texan Jalen Hurts. It also has a pair of linebackers on board, with several others high on the list.

Still, Nick Saban and company are recruiting each position further and hosted Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville teammates Bailey McElwain (above photo, right) and Zac Thomas (left) among others for Saturday’s scrimmage.

“They said they’re coming to a game this fall to narrow the list down and an offer could happen,” McElwain said. “The visit went really well, I enjoyed it a lot. I kind of forgot how nice everything is there. I love the intensity.”

A Stanford fullback commitment, Scout tabs the three-star at linebacker, which is where the Crimson Tide is courting him.

“I had a great visit, I’m committed (to Stanford), just keeping my options open because of admissions,” he said. “I did grow up an Alabama fan and it would be great knowing that (‘Bama) is one of the best teams in football and the fact that they see the potential in me, it’s something to pride myself on.”

Thomas runs the offense for the Huskies and his time in Tuscaloosa was his third as a recruit. He plans on returning to several games in the fall as Alabama keeps track of him as an athlete on its board.

“The visit was great, I enjoyed it,” he said. “They just said they will keep watching me in the season and go from there. I like how they treated me on the visit, and the facilities.”

A day after going 17-22 for 180 yards through the air and adding 90 on the ground including a score to kick off the 2015 season, Thomas is hoping a banner senior campaign enables his recruitment to hit the next level. He has several FBS offers while SEC programs like Alabama and Arkansas continue to monitor his development.

The duo took in UA’s scrimmage during the trip and McElwain had his eyes on his potential position group and others should he end up playing for Saban’s program.

“I liked Reggie Ragland, I also liked Reuben (Foster),” he said. “And Derrick Henry and Robert Foster stood out on offense.”

Hewitt-Trussville, coming off of an opening loss to Nashille (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell, travels to Gardendale (Ala.) High on Friday night.


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