Tide Gets Surprise Visit From Top Prospect!

A surprise visitor is expected in Tuscaloosa today according to reliable sources. The official visit list was set but a final decision was made by a prospect late last night and he is believed to be on his way to T-Town today. There are several factors that can affect the recruitment of the top prospects and the Crimson Tide is a beneficiary of a specific event in the race for this young man's signature.

There is a domino effect when coaching changes occur at college football programs. Recently, Steve Spurrier resigned as the head coach at the University of Florida. His resignation has opened up the recruitment of a Gator commitment, running back Jimtavis Walker.

The talented running back hails from Statesboro, Georgia where his team won a state championship under the direction of head coach Buzz Busby. Coach Busby's name is familiar to people in Tuscaloosa as he is the former head coach at Central High School. Several former players for Coach Busby have signed with Alabama over the years including Kecalf Bailey, Marvin Constant, Jason Jones, Terry Jones, Jason Rawls, Dennis Riddle, and Antoneyo Williams. Walker could be the next according to coach Busby who has also had players who signed with other colleges as well.

"Jimtavis is leaving for Alabama today for an official visit," coach Busby said this morning. "He made a decision to go ahead and take a look at Alabama with the coaching change at Florida."

Walker, a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder, had a very productive season during his team's drive for the state championship. For the year, he rushed for 1,996 yards and 35 touchdowns on 288 attempts. His athleticism and production drew the attention of Alabama, Auburn, and Florida before Walker chose the Gators. College coaches describe Walker as a "physical" player and Coach Busby also speaks highly of his talent.

"I think Jimtavis is probably the best back in Georgia," said coach Busby. "He has great speed, quickness, and strength. He blocks well because we'll move them to defense if they don't."

Will Florida's loss be Alabama's gain? Stay tuned.

Crimson Ticket Extra: Only a last minute appeal from Florida could stop the visit but we will get confirmation of a Walker sighting in Tuscaloosa as soon as possible.


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