Junior college wideouts Jamall Broussard and Zach Fletcher are already committed to Alabama, but the Tide coaches would like to add another tall, athletic receiver to the class if they can. One such athlete will be on campus soon. Troy Bergeron (6-2, 180), from Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia, is set to visit this weekend.
Selma wide receiver Ben Obomanu took his official visit to Alabama this week (January 16th and 17th), and Bergeron is up next.
The Georgia athlete has visited Middle Tennessee and James Madison, and will visit Auburn after this weekend's trip to the Capstone.
Coached by Charles Flowers, one of the rising stars among Georgia high school coaches, the Shaw Raiders won a state championship in 2000, Bergeron's junior year. But this season a relatively rare medical problem limited his effectiveness.
However, despite missing three games due to a leg ailment known as compression syndrome, Bergeron finished the year with 29 catches for 510 yards.
One website defined his condition as "a progressive painful loss of function of muscles and nerves that happens most often in the leg or arm."
Bergeron says he is fully recovered from the problem, which he describes this way. "You can't get blood pressure to one of the compartments in your leg, and it goes numb."
When he's healthy, Bergeron's size and talent catching the football impressed the scouts.
Bergeron says that while he has natural wide receiver ability, that won't be enough to succeed at the college level. "It comes naturally to me, but you've got to work at it, work on your technique. College is a completely different game from high school. You can't just use your speed to get open."
Bergeron's hometown is less than 30 miles from the Auburn campus, and at this point the Tigers lead. "I've been to Auburn a couple of times," he said. "And I've liked it there. I'll probably stay close to home."
National Signing Day is not until February 6th, but Alabama definitely has ground to make up. Bergeron is looking forward to his trip to Tuscaloosa, but says if the weekend doesn't go well then "I might go ahead and commit to Auburn."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Bergeron's visit to the Alabama campus will obviously be crucial to the Tide's chances.