Recruiting begins critical phase

The prime time of a coach's recruiting period is set to begin in late April and continue throughout the month of May. This evaluation period sets the tone for future recruiting success as well as solidifying the present prospects you have offered a scholarship. Coaches aren't allowed to personally speak to the prospect, but they do make themselves visible.

The coaches may or may not see the prospect of their interest on their visit, but they do take steps to ensure he knows the meaning of their visit. They have the coach inform the prospect that they were asking questions and that they are offering him a scholarship to their school.

Their immediate success depends on how many of these prospects accept their offer to play for their institution. The future success depends on the impression they make on the respective high school coach and how many underclassmen they can identify as prime prospects.

Wide receiver Matt Caddell remains a top prospect.

The Tide coaches' travels will carry them to possibly every high school in the State of Alabama and to select schools outside the state. Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma are states that can expect Alabama coaches to visit their schools. There may be an occasional visit elsewhere, but the heart of this year's recruiting efforts will be centered in Alabama and the bordering states.

Junior Day gave Bama a head start

The Crimson Tide coaches have already achieved success with the annual Junior Day gathering and the A-Day intersquad football game. The Junior Day took place the weekend of the home basketball game against the Tennessee Volunteers and the atmosphere was contagious. Numerous prospects from Alabama high schools attended the festivities and several got to meet one on one with Head Coach, Dennis Franchione.

Highland Home's D.J. Chambers committed to the Tide following Junior Day.

Chris Felder, 5-11, 170, 4.49 cornerback from Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Alabama and D.J. Chambers, 6-0, 180, 4.40, wide receiver from Highland Home High School in Highland Home, Alabama, both committed to Coach Franchione on the spot and several more left the campus with Alabama highlighted in their heart.

There were reports that as many as 100 juniors visited the campus for this event and several have revisited unofficially on their own for a practice. That can only mean heavy interest from the prospect's point of view and also indicates the comfort level that the prospects feel toward the coaching staff.

Chad Jackson, LeRon McClain, Terrence Jones, Eric Gray, Tim Castille, Justin Moon, Matt Caddell, Cole Peace, Tyrone Prothro, Kelcy McKissic, Carlton Rice, Irving McGuire, Luke Landers, Kevin Owens, Corey White, and C.A. Williams have all attended practice during the spring.

A-Day also key for recruiting

The Annual A-Day Game was an attraction that served as a payback for the fans to show their appreciation, thanks to the coaches for their commitment to the university and to the players for their continued efforts and hard work. It also honors the players for staying on board and trusting in Coach Franchione direction for the team.

Briarwood Christian's Tim Castille was among the prospects on hand for A-Day.

The A-Day festivities such as the Walk of Fame were moved to the stadium this year so the fans could be apart of the ceremony and that was another way Coach Fran was saying thanks to the fans. The anniversary for the 1992 National Championship Team was another highlighted event for many of the prospects that were on hand really started watching and developing their game during that successful season at the Capstone.

The prospects seem to turn out every year at the A-Day game in order to enhance their position, become more acquainted with the campus environment, and to get a taste of a college football atmosphere. Bryant Denny Stadium is as good an atmosphere as you will find on a football Saturday and when these prospects visualize themselves running out of that tunnel wearing that crimson uniform, sometimes it can be overwhelming.

Afterwards, there were nothing but positive remarks from the prospects that were on hand for the A-Day game, which has become the norm under Coach Dennis Franchione. Here is a partial list of the prospects that attended the annual contest although there were over 100 players combined.

  • OL James Anderson Hueytown, AL - Hueytown
  • DT Dominic Baker Thomasville, AL - Thomasville
  • QB Jake Ball Hokes Bluff, AL - Hokes Bluff
  • DE Lloyd Blevins Birmingham, AL - Wenonah
  • CB Eric Brock Alexander City, AL - Benjamin Russell
  • OL Dawson Brown Toney, AL - Sparkman
  • WR Matt Caddell McCalla, AL - McAdory
  • CB Simeon Castille Birmingham, AL - Briarwood Christian ( Junior to be )
  • RB Tim Castille Birmingham, AL - Briarwood Christian
  • DE Will Denniston Mobile, AL - UMS Wright
  • LB Mizraim Farley Daphne, AL - Daphne
  • QB Matt Flynn Tyler, TX - Robert E. Lee
  • RB Durrell Fuqua Russellville, AL - Russellville
  • SS Bryan Gracie Demopolis, AL - Demopolis
  • RB Blake Hall Hillsboro, AL - East Lawrence
  • QB Clay Harrelson Alexander City, AL - Benjamin Russell
  • DE Mario Lane Montgomery, AL - Carver ( Committed )
  • DT Dewayne Laton Birmingham, AL - Shades Valley
  • DT Dominic Lee Birmingham, AL - Huffman
  • OL Lance McCullough Cedar Bluff, AL - Cedar Bluff
  • ATH Kelcy McKissic Phenix City, AL - Central
  • OT Justin Moon Guntersville, AL - Guntersville ( Committed )
  • TE Kevin Moore Birmingham, AL - Huffman
  • WR Josh Moten Cedar Bluff, AL - Cedar Bluff
  • ATH Jarius Neal Reform, AL - Pickens County
  • DB Antonio Nelson Bessemer, AL - Jess Lanier
  • QB Cole Peace Cedar Bluff, AL - Cedar Bluff
  • TE Dezmond Sherrod Caledonia, MS - Caledonia
  • SS Demarcus Waldrop Pinson, AL - Pinson Valley
  • DT Mario Wormley Bessemer, AL - Jess Lanier

The prospects that were in attendance got the opportunity to meet numerous members of the football team and also several of this years signees who also made the trip to enjoy the festivities. The newest Tiders who were spotted at the game included:

  • QB Brandon Avalos Tuscaloosa, AL - Hillcrest
  • DE Christopher Browder Camden, AL - Wilcox Central
  • DT Ahmad Childress Garden City, KS - Garden City C.C.
  • DT Jeremy Clark Daphne, AL - Daphne
  • OG Grant Dickey Tyler, TX - Robert E. Lee
  • LB Juwan Garth Decatur, AL - Austin
  • DE Chris Harris Tuscaloosa, AL - Central
  • RB Nic Luke Phenix City, AL - Central
  • CB Chauncey Malone Trinity, AL - West Morgan
  • LB Greg McLain Lineville, AL - Lineville
  • LB Derrick Pope Garden City, KS - Garden City C.C.
  • CB Ramzee Robinson Huntsville, AL - Butler
  • LB Demeco Ryans Bessemer, AL - Jess Lanier
  • DE Kyle Tatum Prattville, AL - Prattville

Walk-ons see opportunity at Alabama

As exciting as it was for the coaches and fans to see and entertain the prospects and new signees, recruiting followers were just as happy to finally cast their eyes on four prospects who plan to walk on at Alabama. These players made their way to the Capstone for the A-Day events all the way from California. A fifth walk-on possibility traveled from New Jersey to get a first hand look at the campus and may join his brother.

Here are the dedicated individuals in attendance who plan to bring their talents in Tuscaloosa next year:

  • WR Irving Batiste 6-2 220 4.55 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.
  • DE Aubrey Doroisme 6-3 240 4.80 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.
  • ATH Dennis Dubois 5-10 185 4.45 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.
  • ATH Derek Dubois 5-8 175 4.50 Colonia, NJ - Colonia
  • DT Zachary Saxton 6-4 310 5.00 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.

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