Commitments Cole, Williams recap unofficial

Alabama hosted considerable in-state talent for its home opener on Saturday including verbal commitments Quinnen Williams and Riley Cole, each taking in their first games as UA pledges.

Oneonta (Ala.) two-way standout Riley Cole, a Scout three-star expected to play inside linebacker at Alabama, is very familiar with Nick Saban’s program. He’s been to campus countless times, taking in camps and unofficial visits, but Saturday was a first for him in Tuscaloosa.

The senior attended a UA football game as a committed prospect.

“It was good, I was treated really well, it really made me feel like home down there,” he said. “All the coaches said they were very excited about me and coach (Mel) Tucker said that I will be a great player for them.”

Cole and many prospects on-hand were impressed with Alabama’s 37-10 win over Middle Tennessee State ahead of the SEC slate.

“They started out slow, but they got a good rhythm going,” he said. “Kenyan Drake stood out and I thought Reuben Foster played really well.”

Still being recruited by several other schools which “have called my dad,” Cole reports no interest in other programs and is not likely to visit any outside of Tuscaloosa this fall.

The recruiting plan remains the same for fellow in-state pledge Quinnen Williams, a former Auburn commitment. The Birmingham (Ala.) Wenonah product was also in town for UA’s second win in as many tries.

“It was great, I had a really good time,” he said. “I got a chance to talk with the coaches, they congratulated me on starting the season strong. I really enjoyed the crowd and the atmosphere was amazing. Of course, it was good to be around the team again.”

Williams spent time with a fellow defensive line pledge while on campus for the first game as a pledged prospect.

“There were a lot of recruits there, it was cool talking with them and building a bond with them,” he said. “It’s always cool to see my boy Raekwon Davis and talk with him. We talked about our 2015 football season and how it was going. Just mostly hung out and enjoyed the game.”

Of the effort on the field, UA didn’t caution the state’s top interior defensive lineman’s confidence for his 2015 outlook.

“It was a really good game, I feel good about their chances to win out and bring another championship to T-town,” Williams said. “The defense stood out, they way they handle the up-tempo style of play. They did really well with keeping players fresh and playing ‘Bama defense.”

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