Committed, But Teammates Will Visit 'Bama

<b>Ali Sharrief</b>, 5-10, 190 pound running back and <b>Chris Keys</b> 6-2, 205 pound defensive back, both received an in-home visit from Alabama secondary coach, Chris Ball, Wednesday night. Sharrief and Keys are both committed to other schools, but the Tide is looking to bring them in on official visits.

Ali Sharrief is currently committed to Auburn, but enjoyed his visit with Coach Ball Wednesday night.

"The visit went good. Everything was real nice. Coach Ball got here around 3:30 and left at 7. We had dinner and just chilled," said Sharrief.

Coach Ball has made a strong impression on both Chris Keys (LSU commit) and Sharrief. His efforts could end with two of the top players committing to the Tide.

"He has shown me that he cares a lot. I am just trying to play football. I know I will have to compete wherever I go. Coach Ball lets me know that. Coach Ball has told me if Auburn doesn't want me, they (Alabama) would still want me. I like it that we don't just talk about football when we talk to each other," said Sharrief.

Keys said, "It was good to visit with Coach Ball. He spent a lot of time with us, and it was a good visit. I have been talking to Coach Ball for a while now. He is a really good coach. I like him a lot."

Keys is a four star safety committed to LSU, but the Tide will continue to pursue for his signature.

"I really like Alabama a lot. I have been to three Alabama games this year. There are a lot of nice people down there. They have a great academic program. The part about academics is huge. Football is going to end one day, and I will always have something to fall back on. I am still committed to LSU, but a final decision should be made sometime in January. It will probably be a few weeks before signing day," said Keys.

Keys received received a visit from LSU, but Auburn has yet to visit with Sharrief.

"Coach Smart (LSU) came by the school on Monday. He talked to me for a while. The LSU coaches are still staying in contact with me. They had a great season. A few ups and downs, but they won the games they were suppose to win," said Keys.

Keys was in attendance at the Iron Bowl and then headed to Louisiana to spend the week with his family.

"I went to the Alabama/Auburn game. It was really good. It is a big rivalry and it was a close game. I liked it a lot. I went home for Thanksgiving and it was great. I was able to spend time with my family."

Sharrief and Keys had scheduled to take an official to Alabama on December 10, but those plans have changed.

"We were going to go on December 10, but Ali and I have to take the ACT that weekend. We will re-schedule. I am going to LSU on January 14 or January 23. Alabama and LSU will be the only schools I visit," said Keys.

Sharrief has scheduled his official visit for January 7. Expect Keys to schedule for the same weekend.

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