Final visit weekend goes well

The Tide coaches hosted six recruits on the final official visit weekend before National Signing Day. Three prospects; Cody Davis, Jake Wingo and Travis Robinson; have already commited to Alabama. One, Markus Manson, is publicly commited to Florida. And Micah Howeth and Riyad Rogers are currently undecided.

(Above left) Faceless no more, Micah Howeth, a defensive line prospect out of Dallas, Texas is taking an official visit this weekend.

Seen as one of the top two or three line prospects in the state, Cody Davis (6-7, 265, 5.15) fits the mold of long, relatively lean athletes that Tide O-Line Coach Bobby Connelly favors. Davis projects as an offensive tackle in college. He committed to Alabama relatively early in the process, helping to solidify what promises to be an outstanding offensive line class for the Tide.

Maybe the best pure cover corner in the state this year, Travis Robinson (5-10, 180, 4.3) joins Simeon Castille and Marcus Carter to form an extremely talented DB signing group. Robinson combines blistering speed with an aggressive attitude on defense. He's unafraid of contact.

The third Hillcrest High School athlete to commit to Alabama, Jake Wingo played mostly safety in high school. He's in the 5-11 range and weighs 200 pounds, which means he could project at either safety or linebacker in college. Most likely Wingo will get his best chance to play early on special teams.

Florida Head Coach Ron Zook tried hard to dissuade Markus Manson (6-0, 190, 4.37) from taking his official visit to Alabama this weekend. But Manson held his ground. He was hosted this weekend by Antonio Carter and seemed to be having a good time, but indications are that his commitment to Florida remains firm. Expect Manson to have two sets of scholarship papers available next Wednesday.

Tide fans have heard about Micah Howeth (6-2 1/2, 240, 4.8) for several months now, but his official visit afforded the first opportunity to see what he actually looked like. Howeth could play end or tackle, depending on how his body matures in college. It's not certain what Bama's plans are with the White High School product, but he could be signed with the intention of then placing him at a junior college.

Definitely a bit of a surprise name on Bama's official visit list, Riyad Rogers (5-11, 205, 4.5) also tripped to Tuscaloosa this weekend with teammate Micah Howeth. Rogers was his team's offensive MVP and is powerfully built. Frankly, at this point Bama's actual interest is not certain. But most believe it's unlikely that the Tide has an open scholarship remaining for this year.

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