Florida lineman visits Bama

No secret to anyone, Alabama's 2004 signing class needs to be both deep and talented in terms of linemen. And Pensacola Catholic's Josh Sitton hopes to figure in.

A huge (6-4, 297) two-way lineman, Sitton has potential at both offensive tackle and defensive end. Sitton has totaled 70 tackles so far as a senior, impressive for a down lineman. Of course his stat total is helped by the fact that his high school coach considers him athletic enough to occasionally play some linebacker.

Sitton took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend for the Alabama/Tennessee game and definitely came away impressed.

"The fans, the atmosphere--it was just a great place to play," Sitton said of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Because of NCAA scholarship limitations, Alabama is taking extreme caution with this year's recruiting class. The team simply cannot afford a "miss," whether due to talent, academics or just fit. But the Tide coaches are keeping an eye on Sitton.

"Alabama is my leader right now," the big lineman said. "And I would love an offer."

As a Florida native, it's not surprising that Sitton would be impressed with Tide Head Coach Mike Shula and the Crimson Tide. "It is a great football program, and with Coach Shula you know where they will be in a couple of years," Sitton said of Alabama.

"Coach Shula is a great guy and he knows what he is talking about when it comes to football."

Former Georgia Tech player Michael Smith coaches Sitton at Pensacola Catholic. Smith says his lineman dominates the line of scrimmage and has caused some memorable collisions in the trenches this year. According to Smith, Josh Sitton has very quick feet and overall football intelligence.

The Pensacola staff grades using the letter system, and Sitton has graded a consistent "B" as a senior.

Sitton claims a 4.90 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash, but he was timed at 5.25 at the NIKE Camp. He sports a 27-inch vertical jump. Sitton bench presses 320 pounds, squats 530 and power cleans 325.

He carries a 2.8 GPA in the classroom and scored 21 on the ACT.

Sitton plays both ways in high school, but his college future probably lies at either offensive guard or possibly tackle.

He participated in several football camps this past summer, including the NIKE Camp (at Auburn), Alabama, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn.

Sitton is a member of the Pensacola News-Journal's Super Seniors in addition to being named All Area and All State as a junior.

Besides Alabama, Sitton is considering Florida, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, South Florida, UAB, Tennessee and Troy State.

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