Stover Committed

The top prospect in the state two years ago was Hartselle's Nikita Stover. Stover has been at Itawamba Community College the past year, and he has performed well in classroom. He will enroll at the University of Alabama in December.

"I will be down there in December," said Nikita Stover Thursday. "I talked to Coach Ross (Alabama Recruiting Coordinator Randy Ross) today. We talked about my grades. Everything is straight. I have everything in line to come down there. I finished last year with around a 2.3. It may have been a little bit higher. When I enroll in December, I will have three years to play three."

Stover will sit out this season in order to graduate in December, but he will work hard in the weight room preparing for spring training.

"I am sitting out this season. I am going to focus on graduating and getting to Tuscaloosa. I am working out with the team everyday. They are going through two-a-days right now, but I can't practice with them until the fall," said Stover.

Since enrolling at Itawamba, Stover has added muscle and speed as Stover said, "I am 200-205 pounds right now. I was recently clocked at 4.41 in the forty. I am continuing to work-out in the weight room."

"I had a pretty good year as a freshman. I caught 29 balls for over 500 yards, and I averaged 35 yards per kick-off return," added Stover.

When a player is required to go the JuCo route, there is always a chance of the player not honoring their original commitment. In Stover's case, he was always committed to the Tide.

"I am 100% committed," Stover said. "A few schools called, but I was always 100% committed to Alabama."

It's season three in Coach Mike Shula's reign as the head coach of Alabama. Expectations are high for the Crimson Tide, and Stover is confident of the team's success.

"I think they will do good this year," he said. "I hope Brodie [Croyle] stays healthy. If everyone is healthy, they have the team to go undefeated. It's up to them."

"I think the coaches are doing a great job down there right now. They are always real easy to talk to. They are just doing a perfect job. I talked to Coach Harbison about a month ago. I love Coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison]. He loves his players. He will fight for his players. He is real easy to get along with," added Stover.

The Tide will boast an incredible group of wide receivers in the fall. Stover knows the talent is there when he arrives, but will bring some useful tools for the offense.

"Everyone is doing a great job. All of those guys make plays. We have a lot of great talent at receiver right now. When I get there, I am a deep ball threat. I am also very physical. When the ball is in the air, it's mine," said Stover.

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