South's No. 5 OT Leatherwood still solid to Alabama despite plans to visit elsewhere

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Alabama commitment Alex Leatherwood was invited to compete among the top underclassmen in America on Friday and BamaMag saw him in action.

It has been a solid 24 hours for Alex Leatherwood

The Pensacola (Fla.) Booker T. Washington star junior and Alabama Crimson Tide commitment watched his future program punch its ticket to the national title game Thursday night and then competed among the nation's top underclassmen Friday in Orlando.

Both results were positive despite the four-star playing out of position at times.

"I never got really good reps at my natural position (offensive tackle), but I learned a lot and see what I need to work on and had a good experience playing guard," he said. "Today was my first time ever playing a snap at guard."

Leatherwood held his own (video above), but the plan in Tuscaloosa remains the same when it comes to a position projection.

"They need me at tackle," he said. "The plan is for me to pick up where Cam (Robinson) leaves off."

One of the Sunshine State's top juniors also got to spend time with fellow Alabama-bound junior Najee Harris both on and off the field. They watched the Cotton Bowl Classic together in quieter-than-you'd-think atmosphere.

"It was cool. It was already known that we were going to smack MSU," he said with a laugh. "So it was calm (in the room). Dominance and execution at its best."

Like Harris, Leatherwood is looking at taking visits despite his verbal commitment status.

"I'm still solid for 'Bama but am looking to take some visits to compare and contrast to see if I see anything I like," he said. "Ole Miss (Mississippi), LSU and Miami (Fl) are some schools I may see."

Before departing the ESPN Wide World of Sports field, the Scout300 prospect had a message for those tracking his recruitment.

"Roll Tide and Happy New Year's!" Leatherwood said.


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