Stars Arriving in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama will host one of the their biggest recruiting weekends beginning Friday through Sunday. It's a big weekend for official visitors and the first time for Alabama head coach Nick Saban to meet recruits interested in the Crimson Tide.

A star-studded group of prospects arrive at the Capstone with five-star linebacker Allen Bailey, from Darien-McIntosh Academy, (Ga.), as one of the headliners. The U.S. Army All-American will give the Crimson Tide a listen and will visit Miami and Georgia the next two weekends.

"I really don't know about Alabama right now," Allen Bailey stated in San Antonio, Texas. "I am going to have to wait until I go up there. I haven't talked to any of their new coaches." five-star defensive tackle John Brown, from Lakeland, (Fla.), was scheduled to arrive in Tuscaloosa Friday afternoon, but his visit has been rescheduled for the weekend of January 19. Lakeland defensive coordinator coach Dan Talbot talked with's Rebecca Johnston last weekend in Orlando as Brown participated in an All-Star game.

"John is a great kid," Talbot said. "He works hard. He is a great player. I think he knows he's great, but you wouldn't know that by talking to him. He is very, very humble. He has been a pleasure to coach. He has listened to me. He has never had a confrontation. John has done exactly what I have told him to do. He is a very coachable kid, and he'll do great wherever he goes. The coaches will love him."

Robert Marve four-star quarterback Robert Marve and Tide soft verbal, from Tampa-Plant (Fla.), is eager to meet the new head coach of Alabama. Marve's relationship was built with Mike Shula after a scholarship offer was extended at the Tide's summer camp last June. Miami, South Florida and UCLA are pushing hard for his signature as well. Marve will visit Miami January 19 with former Tide commitment, Jermaine McKenzie, who switched his verbal to the Hurricanes.

"I have talked to a couple of (Alabama) coaches," Robert Marve told Chris Sherman of "I called and talked to coach Saban and coach (Lance) Thompson to try to get familiar with them."

"I knew I needed to call them because they are only allowed to call me a certain amount of times, so I knew I had to call them. My head coach (Robert Weiner) told me it was a good idea. I tracked them down. I just wanted a start a relationship with them. That is most of what recruiting is, and that is a big deal to me. They told me I am still their No.1 guy, and that makes a difference in me going there." four-star defensive end and Tide soft verbal Kourtnei Brown, from Charlotte-Victory Christian, (N.C.), starting looking around at other options after the dismissal of Mike Shula. Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest remain in the mix for his signature.

"I will announce my commitment on Signing Day," Kourtnei Brown told Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Analyst. "I will have a press conference at my high school. I don't know which school I will pick right now, but I will announce it on Feb. 6."

Kerry Murphy four-star defensive tackle Kerry Murphy, from Hoover, (Ala.), has ranked Alabama as his top choice since the beginning of his recruitment. A decision as early as this weekend is possible, but not to rule out Auburn where he will visit next weekend.

Two Mississippi State verbal commitments are expected with three-star running back Lee Chambers, from Coffeyville (Miss.), and three-star wide receiver Marcus Green, from DeKalb-Kemper County, (Miss.).

"Alabama has really come on strong," Lee Chambers told Gene Swindoll of "That actually started January third, then on the weekend it kind of got stronger. I talked to (Alabama head) Coach (Nick) Saban on the third. Then, he called me back on Sunday, the beginning of the next week. The reason why he called was because they were still looking at all the prospects' highlight tapes and he said I was the only prospect he called that day because he was so amazed with my tape."

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Several Alabama solid commitments expected in Tuscaloosa include: three-star defensive end Alex Watkins, from Brownsville-Haywood, (Tenn.), three-star defensive tackle LaMarcus Williams, from Bastrop, (Louis.) and linebacker Jennings Hester, from Atlanta-Marist, (Ga.).

This is not an official list of visitors expected for the weekend, and several more recruits are expected. The list is very "fluid."

Stay tuned to as we bring you complete coverage from the official visitors beginning Sunday afternoon.

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