Bama Coaches Visit Decatur Duo

<b>Sam Burnthall</b>, 6-2, 195 and <b>Jerraud Powers</b> 5-9, 175 of Decatur High School are two of Alabama's top defensive backs for Decatur High School. Burnthall is a verbal commitment to the Tide, while Powers remains stuck between the Tide and Tigers.

Jerraud Powers received the first visit of the night. Coach Shula and Coach Ball spent the last part of the night with Alabama commitment, Sam Burnthall.

"It went really smooth. They came over right after they left Jerraud's house. They were talking to me about the school and the current players that are there. They were talking to me about where they see me playing in the future. They said they see me playing safety because I have good awareness."

Burnthall attended the Iron Bowl and was disappointed with the loss, but has been impressed with the way the Crimson Tide handled themselves despite key injuries in the backfield.

"I was down at the Iron Bowl. It was exciting. It was disappointing to see them lose, but they lost their quarterback, tailback, and fullback during the year. They still had a good season and the defense has been great," said Burnthall.

The Alabama coaches have overwhelmed one of their early commitments and Burnthall is excited about the future.

"Coach Shula is a great coach. He is a player's coach and he is doing a good job. I am excited about playing for Coach Ball next year. He is straight up and tells you how it is."

Burnthall is hoping his teammate and good friend will follow the same path and join him at Alabama.

"I have been trying to talk to him about it. He really has not given me any indication about what he is going to do."

Powers and Burnthall ended their senior season in the second round of the play-offs with a loss to Tuscaloosa County. The season went great, but expectations were higher.

"We did good. It was the best record we have had since I have been here. It was the highest we had ever been ranked. We had a good season and a good team, but we did not accomplish our goal, which was to win the state championship. I finished the season with fifty-five tackles, three interceptions, and thirteen pass break-ups," said Burnthall.

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