Mobile Tight End Visits Alabama for Junior Day

The Alabama coaching staff looks to reload at the tight end position in the 2006 class. One possibility is <b>Preston Dial</b> from UMS-Wright. Wright was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's Junior Day.

As a junior Preston Dial hauled in 25 catches for 375 yards and four touchdowns and was Honorable Mention All-State in helping lead his team to the playoffs. Last weekend, Dial went to Alabama for Junior Day.

"It was pretty good. It's wild to see 175 prospects in attendance, and only knowing that 24-25 guys will receive a scholarship offer," said Dial.

The Alabama coaching staff made a strong impression with the Mobile native.

"I really like Coach Buddy Wyatt. He is the recruiting coach for my area. He talked to me about coming to one of the mini camps this summer. Coach Kines and Coach Shula were all really nice as well. They made me feel at home."

"I have grown up a big Alabama fan. I like the location and the tradition. I believe Coach Shula has the program heading in the right direction. I have always dreamed about playing for Alabama," Dial added.

When it comes to naming favorites, Alabama is currently second on Dial's list.

"My top three in order are Florida State, Alabama, and Notre Dame. Other schools, like West Virginia, Southern Miss, and Auburn would round out the rest of the schools that I am interested in right now."

Florida State: "I love the offensive game plan. I would be able to play for Coach Bowden. Who wouldn't want to play for him? They have great recruiting classes every year, and they can contend for the national championship every year."

Notre Dame: "They have great tradition. I have been a fan forever. Hopefully, the new coaching staff will involve the tight end just as much as the old coaching staff."

Preston Dial knows what he will seek when the time comes for making his decision.

"I want to go to an elite school. Not just for football, but for education. I want to get a good degree. Location will play a big part. My parents are interested in the closer schools. The offensive game plan will also be a factor," said Dial.

Being 6-4, 240 pounds, Dial has a tremendous frame to be an excellent college prospect, but would like to improve a few areas before his senior year.

"I want to have a quicker start. I would like to improve my bench max (270). I feel like I have good awareness, and good blocking skills. I can always find a way to get open."

UMS-Wright fell one game short of the state championship to the eventual state champions, the Demopolis Tigers. Dial believes this year's team will not only make a run, but will win the state championship.

"I think we have a real good chance of winning state this year. We lost a lot of great players, but we are going to have a lot of young guys step up. We have a great coaching staff. If we work hard in the off season, and during summer, we should have a tremendous season," said Dial.


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