Top Targets Visiting other Schools

The Alabama coaching staff was thrilled to receive two verbal commitments, Jimmy Johns and Chris Rogers, after the biggest recruiting weekend of the year. The Tide staff will have to wait until after this weekend to see if other schools will persuade the hottest names on Alabama's board to turn their heads from the Tide.

Alabama remains a favorite for several of these top recruits heading into this weekend, but will other schools be able to turn a few heads?

Running Backs Visiting (2)

James Davis: Davis is headed to Clemson, where the Tigers will have one last chance to win over the four star running back. Clemson had been a favorite over the past few months, but after his visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the front runner. Davis expects to make a final decision by next week.

Mikell Simpson: This star running back was the only back, high on the board, not in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Simpson remains high on the Tide. This weekend, Simpson is traveling to Florida, to see if he will fit into Urban Meyer's offense. The four star back plans to have a final decision by next week. He says he will let the coaches know, but will not make his decision public until signing day.

Roy Upchurch: The one back many believed would make a commitment, while in Tuscaloosa, was Upchurch. Though he has not made a public announcement, Upchurch lists Alabama very high on his list. Upchurch had scheduled to take a visit to Florida this weekend, but canceled his visit. He will head to Arkansas next weekend. The home town team will receive a visit January 28th, when he literally walks from his house over to the Florida State campus.

Mike Ford: Ford was scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend, but those plans are on hold. "A few things came up, and they are waiting on my grades. I will probably take visit to South Carolina in a couple of weeks. Alabama is my favorite for right now. The visit this past weekend was great," Ford said.

Wide Receivers (2)

Fred Rouse: All eyes will focus on Rouse this weekend, as he plays in the U.S. Army High School All-American game. The game will broadcast Saturday on NBC. Rouse was injured in the first practice of the week, but expects to perform at 100% Saturday. Alabama remains among his favorites along with Texas and Florida State. The nation's top recruit by Scout.com, consistently names Alabama as a favorite, even when one of the other two schools is not mentioned. He will announce he decision on Countdown to Signing Day, February 2.

Nick Kyles: The Georgia standout receiver will travel to Starkville, to visit Mississippi State, this weekend. He wants to check out Coach Croom, and see what the Bulldogs have to offer. Kyles says Alabama is his leader, but he possibly is waiting to see where his brother lands before he makes a decision.

Tight Ends Visiting (3)

Colin Peek: It was believed Peek would possibly make a commitment, this past weekend, on his official visit to Alabama. He insists on taking two more visits. This weekend, he will visit Georgia Tech, and trip to Duke next weekend. Peek is not naming a favorite, but says he loves Alabama.

Tommy Trott: The state's top prospect will travel to Auburn this weekend. Trott has been avoiding the media for the past month, but the Tigers are definitely the strongest contender. If a commitment is not announced this weekend to the Tigers, Alabama could possibly still be in the hunt.

Gabe McKenzie: McKenzie is a long shot for Alabama. He had a great visit, this past weekend, to The Capstone. The four star recruit is expected to make a commitment to Auburn this weekend, but has a visit planned to Miami (1/21).

Defensive Lineman Visiting (4)

Bobby Greenwood: The state's top defensive lineman has not named a leader until after his visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend. The in-state school was announced as his front runner. Florida State and legendary coach, Bobby Bowden, will get the next crack as Greenwood heads down to Tallahassee for the weekend. Coach Bowden will roll out the garnet and gold carpet hoping Greenwood will return to Tallahassee to play college football.

Antonio Coleman: The Class 5A Lineman of the Year did not have a favorite until he visited Alabama, this past weekend. Coleman claims he was close to committing to the Tide, but still wants to visit Auburn, just to make sure. The three star lineman was scheduled to visit Southern Miss this weekend. The visit was canceled, and Coleman will travel to Auburn instead. He expects to make a final decision next week.

Brandon Deaderick: Deaderick is another top defensive lineman listing Alabama as his favorite. It is widely speculated, Deaderick made a commitment to Alabama, this past weekend. He claims he will not make a final decision until after his visit, this weekend, to Auburn. If Auburn is a better visit, Deaderick will sign with the Tigers. If not, Deaderick says he will be Bama bound.

Antonio Forbes: Forbes wants to be at Alabama, but the Georgia star is heading to Louisville this weekend. He says this will probably be his last visit. He claims he might not make a decision, until the day before signing day. Forbes was close to making a commitment to the Tide, this past weekend, and says there is still a 90% chance he will commit to Alabama.


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