RECRUITING 2002: Breaking News at WR!

National Signing Day is less than ten days away and a need position has taken a loss. <i>BamaMag.com</i> has learned that wide receiver Jamall Broussard, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder from College of the Canyons in Santa Clara, California, has lost his scholarship offer to the University of Alabama. The wide receiver corps is in dire need of a deep threat and the signature of Ben Obomanu is now even more critical to the goals set for the 2002 season.

Reliable sources indicate that Broussard lost the privilege of wearing crimson after taking an official visit to San Jose State and an unofficial visit to Southern Cal. It is not completely uncommon for committed prospects to take visits to other programs but the standard of accountability varies depending upon the circumstances.

WR Ben Obomanu could provide a deep threat with his speed

The loss of Broussard raises the necessity for Obomanu even higher as recruiting for the Class of 2002 nears the finish line. Obomanu, a 6-foot-2, 182-pounder from Selma, Alabama, has long been believed to be a top priority for the Tide coaches. Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff have made a commitment to increase the production in the passing game and stretch the field with more vertical routes. The big play ability of Obomanu is a perfect fit for the needs of the 2002 offense.

While there are no absolutes in recruiting, there is reason to believe that the instability in the Auburn program is one factor that has moved the Tide to the top of Obomanu's list. In most cases, the dual termination of coordinators is the last step for a head coach attempting to extend his stay at a major college program.

There are also factors away from the field of competition that have a bearing on the decision of the true student-athletes. Obomanu is the epitome of the model student-athlete as he projects as the Selma High School valedictorian for the Class of 2002. In fact, Obomanu aspires to become an attorney after the completion of his athletic career. The Alabama School of Law is ranked among the very best in the Southeast and could be a strong pull for Obomanu.

WR Courtney Taylor is a big target with excellent leaping ability

While speed is a strong need, height is also a valued asset needed to upgrade the Tide receiving corps. Courtney Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 186-pounder from Carrollton, Alabama, could join Zach Fletcher as a new target with excellent size. Fletcher, a 6-foot-3, 198-pounder from Community College of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, has already signed with the Tide. BamaMag.com interviewed Taylor after his official visit to Tuscaloosa and he offered his comments about the visit .

"I felt the visit went real well," said Taylor. "I had a great time and everybody there was nice. I really enjoyed it. I am going to take an unofficial visit to Alabama on Wednesday for the basketball game. I expect to reach a final decision later this week."


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