Top Wide Receiver Sets His Visits

The wide receiver positions at Alabama have been in good hands in recent years with the likes of Antonio Carter, Jason McAddley, and Freddie Milons on hand. However, only Carter will return for the 2002 season. Consequently, the Crimson Tide coaching staff has made the positions a priority for the Class of 2002. The response from the top wide receiver prospects has been positive. In fact, one of the best wide receivers prospects in the nation has scheduled an official visit.

Ben Obomanu, a 6-foot-2, 184-pounder from Selma, Alabama, has scheduled an official visit to Alabama for December 7th. Additionally, he has also scheduled official visits to Louisiana State (12/14) and Auburn (1/11). Obomanu recently took an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for the Louisiana State/Florida game.

"It was a great opportunity for me to see the atmosphere of the campus," said Obomanu. "It is definitely a party town."

The Louisiana State staff has made the state of Alabama a prime recruiting target during the Nick Saban era. In February, the Tigers landed the signatures of Melvin Oliver (Opelika) and Brandon Washington (Tuscaloosa-Central) from Alabama. Besides Obomanu, top prospects such as Jason Allen, Tommy Jackson, and Montae Pitts are also being heavily recruited by the Tigers.

"I saw Jason Allen and Montae Pitts down there, too," said Obomanu. "They told us how happy they were to have all these great players from Alabama on their campus. We even got to meet the mayor and the police chief of Baton Rouge."

Obomanu is also considering the Florida Gators but has not yet set a date for an official visit. He made the following comments about each program he is considering:

Louisiana State- "I was impressed with the way the fans supported the team even after Florida got way ahead. Most fans stayed until the end and I like that."

Florida- "It's a passing school with a great arsenal of weapons. Their receivers go to the NFL. Their coaches say that Jabar Gaffney could leave after this season."

Auburn- "There are a lot of Auburn fans in Selma. They want me to stay in the state and play for Auburn. The Auburn coaches tell me I could start as a freshman."

Alabama- "It made my mom happy that Alabama made the November docket for the NCAA. Knowing the penalties will help. It takes the pressure off of me and other prospects considering Alabama."

Obomanu is suffering from turf toe but he is expected to play this week. He was unsure of his statistics but his coaches acknowledged he had over 100 yards receiving in Selma's three victories. Selma is currently 3-3 on the season.


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