RECRUITING 2002: Tide Closing in on Commitments

Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff appear to be closing in on their next commitments as a top running back and wide receiver tell <I></I> that the Crimson Tide is at the top of their lists. Big, strong running backs and wide receivers are always on the most-wanted lists of college programs and Alabama could be getting one of each in the near future. Find out if commitments are forthcoming in the <I>Crimson Ticket Extra</I>.

"Right now, Alabama is my leader," said Nic Luke. "I like the tradition and the opportunity to win. Also, it would take some pressure off of my parents about which game to attend on Saturdays."

RB Nic Luke brother of Alabama receiver Triandos Luke

Luke, a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama, is the brother of current Alabama receiver, Triandos Luke. As a senior, Luke rushed for 689 yards and 12 touchdowns on 101 attempts despite playing a wingback position in a Wing-T offense. The Wing-T offense is designed to spread the football around and attack defenses from various angles. Luke also caught seven passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, Luke returned six kickoffs for 134 yards.

Over the summer, Luke attended football camps at Mississippi State and North Carolina State. Additional programs recruiting Luke are Arkansas, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, and West Virginia. He is qualified with a 3.3 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.

Another prospect Alabama is leading on is wide receiver Zach Fletcher. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, is originally from Moulton, Alabama where he starred at Lawrence County High School before advancing to the junior college ranks.

WR Zach Fletcher wants to play at Alabama

"My dream is to play at Alabama," said Fletcher. "If Alabama offers me---that's where I'm going. My grandmother's dream is for one of her grandchildren to play for Alabama. She just wants to see one game with her grandchild in a crimson jersey."

Fletcher will be a May graduate unless the three-semester rule is waived by the SEC. The three-semester rule is an SEC rule that requires junior college transfers to attend a junior college for three consecutive semesters. Iowa appears to be the strongest competition for Fletcher's signature as the Big Ten Conference does not have the three-semester rule.

On the football field, Fletcher has eight touchdowns and his team has a 10-0 record heading into the California state playoffs. The first playoff game is this Saturday and the championship game will be played on the following Saturday.

Crimson Ticket Extra: Reliable sources indicate that Nic Luke will receive a firm scholarship offer in the near future and a commitment is forthcoming. Additionally, sources indicate that wide receiver Zach Fletcher will also receive a firm scholarship offer in the near future and a commitment from him is also forthcoming.

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