Dennis Franchione addresses the tourney participants during a break in the action. From Thurday through Friday 24 teams from Alabama and surrounding states participated. Jackson-Olin took the major-school championship, winning 12-7 over B.C. Rain. In the smaller-school title game, Hokes Bluff and Cedar Bluff battled to a 26-26 tie.
Wide receiver Jarod Parish (6-2, 180) took part in the camp along with his Chattooga High School teammates. The Summerville, Georgia product is highly rated by the Tide staff, and it's possible Parish could end the recruiting process early by committing to the Tide.
Including coaches, assistants and athletes, more than 700 people particpated in the two-day tournament. This is the second year Alabama has hosted the event, and its popularity is obviously growing. Though the purpose of the event is the competition, there is no doubt that Alabama benefits from getting so many athletes and coaches on campus.
While his team works on defense, quarterback John Clements (6-2, 185) poses for the camera. A rising star out of Jemison, Clements stars in both football and baseball and is catching the attention of teams in the Southeast.
Another athlete participating who is seriously considering the Tide, cornerback Eric Gray sets up in his stance. Gray, who attends Trinity/West Morgan, had an outstanding tournament, impressing coaches and observers alike. An early commitment from Gray would not be a surprise.
Cedar Bluff's Cole Peace throws the football. Some question Peace's height and the level of competition, but the quarterback had a good tournament, leading his team to the championship game. Peace's team believes in throwing the football all over the field, and the senior QB displayed good vision and accuracy.
Like Peace, Hokes Bluff's Jake Ball is getting attention from the Alabama staff. Standing 6-3 and weighing 190 pounds, Ball has good size. In the championship game, Ball matched Peace throw for throw.