Scout.com No.1 offensive lineman Andre Smith is the top recruit headlining the official visitors at the Capstone this weekend. Smith was scheduled to take an official visit to LSU this weekend, but canceled his visit to Baton Rouge. LSU will receive an official visit (1-20) with Florida and Florida State vying for the last visit (1-27). Smith will announce his decision on national signing day at Huffman High School. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU and USC are the finalists for his signature.
Andre Smith takes care of business
The most interesting visitor of the weekend is from Scout.com four-star receiver Tim Hawthorne from Homewood High School. Hawthorne was scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend, but his parents and a track meet intervened. The 6-2, 205 pound receiver will take an unofficial visit (according to his father Thursday night) and arrive Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Louisville remain in the hunt for his signature.
The Alabama coaching staff hope to land the commitment of Scout.com four-star Kentrell Lockett from Hahnville High School (Louis.). Lockett has narrowed his choices to Alabama and Ole Miss, and he will announce his decision next week. Lockett is a 6-4, 230-pound defensive end and was named the New Orleans Metro Defensive Player of the Year.
Texas Tech quarterback verbal commitment Greg McElroy, from Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, was offered a scholarship following the Cotton Bowl. The Scout.com three-star gunslinger has Alabama high on his list, but remains committed to the Red Raiders. McElroy threw for over 4,600 yards and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year in the Lone Star State.
Scout.com four-star running back Anthony Dixon from Terry High School (Miss) will not know if he is scheduled for an official will visit until Friday. Dixon was informed by coach Sparky Woods the Tide may not have an available scholarship. The 6-1, 230 pound back will wait to hear from coach Woods before scheduling a visit elsewhere. LSU may have a surprise visitor for the weekend.
Scout.com three-star defensive back Marcus Udell, from Godby High School in Tallahassee (Fla.), is former teammates with Alabama running back Roy Upchurch. Udell has narrowed his choices to Alabama, Clemson, Maryland and North Carolina State. The Tide staff will try to secure a verbal commitment from the 5-11, 180 pound cornerback.
Alabama offensive line verbal commit David Ross, from Homewood High School, will work overtime this weekend trying to convince teammate Tim Hawthorne to join him at Alabama. Ross plans to spend quality time with Andre Smith as well. The Scout.com four-star lineman has a mission to land the best offensive line class in the country for the class of 2006.
Alabama verbal commitment Shades Valley's Taylor Pharr was seen as a regular on the Alabama sidelines during the season helping recruit players for the Tide. The 6-6, 285 pound offensive lineman will work diligently this weekend to secure Andre Smith and others to the Capstone.
Class 4A Lineman of the Year Preston Dial, from UMS-Wright in Mobile, will arrive in Tuscaloosa as another Tide verbal commitment ready to sell Alabama to all the uncommitted official visitors. The Scout.com four-star tight end help lead his team to the Class 4A State Championship.
Preston Dial gets high for the ball.
Mountain Brook's Jake Jones is the most recent Tide verbal commitment and will travel to Tuscaloosa to help recruit a strong finish on signing day. The Scout.com three-star safety made his commitment to Alabama over scholarship offers from LSU, Clemson, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The son of former Alabama star Joey Jones, Jake expects to play defensive back and see playing time returning punts and kick-offs.
The first two high school commitments of the signing class came from Scout.com three-star Andy Davis and Scout.com three-star Charlie Higgenbotham. Davis, from Briarwood Christian, had a great senior season and finished his career with over 400 tackles from his safety position. Higgenbotham missed most of his senior season at Mountain Brook with a torn ACL.
Brian Motley, from Autaugaville, was a star on the offensive and defensive line at Alabama's senior camp. The 6-2, 274 pound lineman made a commitment to Alabama following his camp performance. Motley hopes to find out this weekend the position where he will receive his first look this fall.
Scout.com three-star linebacker Charlie Kirschman, from Nease High School in St.Augustine, (Fla.) is anxious to travel to Tuscaloosa to help recruit. Kirschman had shoulder surgery at the end of his senior season and is on the fast track to recovery.