Photo report: Next-to-last visit weekend

Four football athletes tripped to Tuscaloosa this weekend to check out the Alabama campus. Free safety candidates Courtney Taylor and Kingi McNair and defensive end Chris Browder were taking official visits. While defensive tackle prospect Henry Smith paid his own expenses to visit unofficially.

Courtney Taylor, 6-2 3/4, 186, Free Safety/Athlete
The announcement that Taylor was visiting Alabama this weekend caught most fans by surprise. Taylor had committed to Auburn, but the recent good news of a passing ACT score prompted an official visit invitation from the Tide. And despite what Tiger fans would like to believe, Taylor's interest in Alabama is very real. The state high jump champion is enjoying his visit to Alabama, spending a lot of time with former AU commit Chris Browder. When asked if his high school coach would pressure him to keep his commitment to Auburn, Taylor said, "No. It will be my decision." Taylor's athleticism could project at several positions on the college level, but defensive back is probably his best bet.

Henry Smith, 6-3, 285, Defensive Tackle
Judged by most scouts as the top pure defensive tackle prospect in the state, Smith has been a strong lean to Alabama for some time. He hasn't yet taken the ACT test, so his visit to the Alabama campus was "unofficial." UAB would love to sway Smith from the Tide, but the big lineman is planning to commit to Alabama and then enter junior college. He hopes to graduate in 18 months and get back to Tuscaloosa as quickly as possible.

Kengi McNair, 6-2 1/2, 207, Free Safety/Athlete
Starring at both quarterback and free safety in high school, McNair would probably project as a secondary player in college. McNair is also being recruited by Mississippi State, LaTech and West Virginia, but "I'm favoring Alabama," he said.

Chris Browder, 6-5, 204, Defensive End
Having originally committed to Alabama, Browder disappointed Tide fans by changing his mind to Auburn. But following his official visit to Auburn, it was Tiger fans' turn to be disappointed. "I just wasn't comfortable there," Browder said. "I'm committed to Alabama now for sure." Browder has the height and speed to be a classic defensive rush end, but he'll likely begin his career in junior college. He and Courtney Taylor were clearly having a good time on their official visit to the Alabama campus.

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