Photo report: Camp sports future stars

The Tide coaches hoped to stage a successful one-day camp, bringing together many of the top prospects to showcase the Bama program. More than 100 walk-up registrants delayed the start briefly--and a rainstorm threatened to dampen things. But the rain clouds cleared and Saturday's camp impressed some of the best athletes in the Southeast (and beyond) with Alabama and its coaches.

One of the most impressive prospects on hand Saturday, Daniel Brooks poses for a photo. Brooks is an outstanding linebacker prospect out of Jackson Central-Merry High School in Jackson, Tennessee. A high school coach on hand who worked with Brooks reported that he was the best athlete he had ever worked with--and among the best all around. And yes, Brooks does recognize that if he signs with the Tide, then next year the Bama linebacking corps would sport both Brooks Daniels and Daniel Brooks.

Big defensive tackle Dominic Lee gets some altitude on his vertical jump. At 6-2, 285 pounds, Lee is rated one of the top D-Tackle prospects in the South. At this point, the Tide has an excellent chance to garner Lee's commitment, though his decision might not come for awhile yet.

Proving yet again that the current staff does their own evaluations, paying no attention to so-called recruiting experts, offensive lineman Travis West of Laurel, Mississippi committed to Alabama this week after being offered. West has the frame to easily add more bulk, and he displayed excellent footwork at Saturday's camp. Coaches can't comment on recruits to the media, but O-Line Coach Jim Bob Helduser's smile while talking to West Saturday was evident.

Wide receiver Cole Seifrig in action Saturday. Competing for the award of longest traveler, Seifrig and his parents made the trip from their home in Lincoln City, Indiana. In talking to them, both seemed very pleased with the Alabama campus and staff. Seifrig is a tall (6-2), speedy athlete with plenty of room on his frame to add strength.

Smiths Station High School teammates Mitchell Thomas (left) and Michael Hill (right) pose for the camera. Hill is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state, and Thomas is an excellent athlete who could project at either inside or outside linebacker.

Several quarterbacks were being watched carefully Saturday. Landon Leach (left) of Arkansas had a good day, as did Brett Hicks, and Cole Peace (right). Jess Lanier's Ricky Windsor also displayed a very strong arm.

Coach Charley North, Alabama's Director of Football Operations and Director of On-Campus Recruiting, addresses the campers. More than 100 walk-up registrants delayed the start of camp somewhat, but Tide officials were very happy with the total turnout listed at 280 athletes.

Like fellow linebacker Daniel Brooks, Huntsville's Michael Jamar is an impressive physical specimen. He's a weight-room warrior who runs well and isn't afraid to hit. There were some grade concerns with Jamar, but he made huge strides last spring in the classroom and is now on track to qualify. He really likes the Tide, but other major schools (including Tennessee and Penn State) are recruiting him hard.

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