Fran's a busy man

With recruiting winding to a close, Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione will be accumulating some frequent flyer miles this week. <br><br>And there is news involving two of Alabama's remaining top targets: Ben Obomanu and Jimmy Williams.

Tomorrow morning Franchione will be in California, meeting with defensive tackle prospect Jimmy Williams. The JUCO all-star has been a prime target for the Tide for several months.

With Alabama in dire need of help on the defensive line, Williams should challenge for playing time immediately.

Reportedly Williams has narrowed his choice to Alabama and Virginia Tech. It's believed likely that if the NCAA sanctions are not too onerous, Williams will choose the Tide.

Friday afternoon Franchione plans to fly to Memphis to meet with Mrs. Williams.

Geography is a factor Williams' decision. The Alabama campus is within reasonable driving distance from Memphis and Williams' mother, while Blacksburg, Virginia is essentially an all-day drive.

There have been reports that Franchione will meet with Hershel Dennis while in California. However, BamaMag.com has not been able to confirm those plans. Currently committed to Southern Cal, Dennis is one of the top tailback prospects in the nation. He had expressed interest in Alabama, but the Tide staff was not able to bring him in for an official visit to Tuscaloosa due to self-imposed limitations.

Obomanu narrowing his choices?

Obomanu became a national recruit, but it's believed he'll choose between his two home-state schools.

In what could signal a major development in the recruitment of Ben Obomanu, reports are that the top-rated receiver prospect from the state of Alabama will not take his official visit to Florida this weekend.

Obomanu tripped to LSU last weekend and Notre Dame mid-week. At one point the Gators were thought to lead for his signature, but the departure of Steve Spurrier to the NFL changed that dynamic.

Though Obomanu was impressed with new Notre Dame Coach Tyrone Willingham, at this point it's believed that he will decide between Alabama and Auburn. The announcement of NCAA sanctions will likely play a key role in his decision.

Tide Assistant Coach Chris Thurmond will be in Selma Friday, attending Obomanu's basketball game.

Saturday is the last day that coaches can visit a recruit in person. Monday marks the beginning of the so-called "Dead Period" in recruiting, with National Signing Day Wednesday, February 6.


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