Among Alabama's top-rated commitments this year, tight end Trent Davidson has set a goal to contribute his first year, if possible. He's all of 6-4 to 6-5 inches tall, and Davidson said that he now weighs 260 pounds. "I grew up an Alabama fan," Davidson said. "But I put that aside and set out to find the school that worked best for me." With the Tide's desperate need for tight ends, Davidson quickly settled on Alabama. Many recruiting pundits predict he'll end up at offensive guard, but Davidson says he's been promised that he'll begin his college career at tight end. It's hard to argue with victories, but for all T.R. Miller High School's success, they rarely threw to the tight end. Davidson is hoping to change that at Alabama. Davidson is a very good student who should qualify easily.
Kevin Hamilton (6-3, 255, 4.88) will probably need a year or so of work in the weight room to bulk up and add tonnage for the SEC, but he's seen as one of the most athletic defensive linemen in the state this year. Hamilton played tackle this year for Prattville High School, but his long legs give him the look of a potential D-End. At this point it appears that Hamilton will start his college career at a junior college, but it's not impossible that he could make up the necessary ground and qualify.
Bama's second commitment from Prattville this year, Travis McCall is a consumate football player. At 6-2, 235-plus pounds, McCall spent all of last season working as a blocking tight end for Prattville. But scouts believe he could handle up to four different positions in college, including tight end, fullback, linebacker and defensive end. He's extremely athletic and aggressive, but McCall's high school coaches say that his "coachability" is his best trait. You only have to tell him once; then he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done. McCall has some work still to do, but he should qualify.
A surprise face among the visitors this weekend, quarterback Adam Thrash called the Tide coaches to set up a convenient time for him to stop by and discuss the possibility of walking on. Thrash attended Alabama's mini-camp this past summer. He played his prep football for Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Thrash (6-4, 208, 4.8) has talked with several SEC schools, but so far only Vanderbilt has talked seriously about a scholarship. Thrash's visit was "unofficial."
Quality walk-on linemen are few and far between, but Mitchell Waters (6-5, 240, 5.1) is considering that option at Alabama. The Montgomery native competed for Trinity Presbyterian this past season, playing defensive end. Vanderbilt, Princeton and Duke have all expressed interest in Waters, but he'd obviously prefer to stay in-state and would like a chance to play in the SEC. Waters' visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend was player-initiated and "unofficial," meaning he made the arrangements to stop by and paid all his own expenses while on campus.
RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 25-26 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.
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