Six athletes trip to T-Town

If it's official visit weekend time, then recruiting is definitely underway hot and heavy. This weekend the Tide coaches welcomed six visitors, including three crucial D-Line recruits, to the Alabama campus.

Brandon Fanney (6-5, 260, 4.5) poses for the camera. Fast enough to handle defensive end but with the frame to bulk up and easily handle defensive tackle, Fanney has emerged as a prime target of the Tide coaches. Playing for the brother of Tide assistant coach Sparky Woods at Morristown High West in Morristown, Tennessee, Fanney's choice will come down to Alabama or Virginia Tech. The Tide is looking to add probably three more defensive linemen to this year's class, and don't be surprised if Fanney makes a decision very soon.

Arguably the top prospect still out there on Bama's recruiting board, Lorenzo Washington (6-5, 275, 4.75) could handle defensive end, but his future probably lies at tackle. Very smart, Washington is what Alabama's coaches needs most: a talented, versatile D-Lineman that they know will be qualified in the fall. Washington is scheduled to trip to Athens next weekend, and his decision between Alabama and Georgia will be announced later in the month on FoxSportsNet.

Just getting the five-star prospect on campus for an official visit should be seen as a coup for Tide recruiter Sparky Woods. Defensive tackle Demonte Bolden (6-4, 295, 4.9) is considered a so-called "soft verbal" to Tennessee, and the Vol coaches are not happy about his visit to Tuscaloosa. But the Chattanooga native insisted on visiting Alabama and Auburn as well.

Already committed to Alabama, offensive lineman Drew Davis (6-6, 270, 5.5) is also on the Alabama campus this weekend for an official visit. Projected as probably a tackle in college, Davis also played basketball and baseball in high school.

A late-comer to the Alabama recruiting scene publicity-wise, Marcel Stamps (6-3, 190) is a tall, physical wideout, capable of out-muscling smaller defensive backs for the football. He's also considering Auburn and Mississippi State, but if a Tide offer is forthcoming it'll be hard for the self-professed Bama fan to turn it down.

The only junior-college recruit in this weekend's group, Larry Kendrick (5-11, 207, 4.5) could play either wide receiver or defensive back. He originally signed with Florida, but transferred to Pearl River Community College as part of the fallout from the Gator coaching change. With Bama's dire need at receiver, the Tide coaches would love to get Kendrick. But it's not likely they'll be able to wait until Signing Day on his decision.

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