'Waited on hand and foot'

Alabama's recruiting class is filling up fast, but the Tide continues to search for a difference-maker at wide receiver. Brought in for an official visit this past weekend, Brantley's Marcel Stamps could be that man.

Height and speed numbers listed by recruiting magazines (and databases) are often unreliable, mainly because prep coaches looking to hype their player often pass along the wrong information. But assuming Stamps can run and catch, something which we obviously can't judge based simply on a face-to-face conversation, then he could be a physical presence on the football field.

"The Alabama coaches measured me at 6-3 and 190 pounds," Marcel Stamps told BamaMag.com in a recent interview. "I think I match up pretty well at wide receiver."

It's not uncommon for some athletes to fall through the cracks a bit in recruiting, especially early on. But Stamps now sports scholarship offers (and official visit invites) from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Troy State.

Stamps doesn't mind that he was overlooked early on. Now he's enjoying the process.

"They treated me really well," Stamps said of his official visit to the Alabama campus. "I really liked the visit. It was nice how they treated you.

"People were basically waiting on you hand and foot."

Marcel Stamps' combination of height and bulk would present a difficult match-up for smaller defensive backs.

Obviously Tide receivers Coach Charlie Harbison has scouted Stamps, but Bobby Connelly has been his area coach in charge of recruiting Stamps to Alabama.

"I can take four more visits, but it's down to Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn," Stamps related regarding his recruiting status. "Troy State has also been recruiting me for awhile."

Interestingly, though Stamps' visits to Auburn and MSU are not scheduled until the 23rd and 30th respectively, his announcement could come sooner.

"I'll probably make my decision in the next week or so," Stamps said.

Who says tradition means nothing in recruiting? For Stamps, over the next few days he's likely to get more advice from family and friends than he might like.

"I did grow up an Alabama fan," he acknowledged. "Everyone in my family cheers for the Tide."

RECRUITING NOTES: It's likely that if Stamps received an unconditional offer from the Tide coaches this weekend then he could commit quickly (with the emphasis on the word "unconditional").

Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 24 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.


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