Recruiting in Mobile

Nick Saban was in Mobile meeting with one of the top defensive line prospects in the state on Tuesday, but Saban's visit is not the only one that McGill-Toolen defensive end Sidell Corley is expecting.

Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Urban Meyer, Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops – four coaches who have won national championships - all have in-home visits planned with his Sidell Corley over the next three days, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Jeff Hood.

Saban was successful in plucking several players out of Mobile when he was the Head Coach at LSU.

According to the report, Saban was scheduled to make an appearance at McGill-Toolen at 10 a.m. today to greet Corley and sign autographs for students and faculty. Meyer and Fulmer will each stop by the Corleys' house on Wednesday afternoon, and Stoops will come in on Thursday.

The University jet has been hop-scotching all over the state in the past two days – Decatur, Birmingham, Prattville, Brewton, and was in Mobile this morning.

Corley is considered a soft verbal commitment to the Florida Gators, but he plans to visit Alabama among other schools.

Worth Another Look

How about another round of applause for a couple of former Alabama defenders for their outstanding rookie seasons in the National Football League, which earned them a one-two finish in the Associated Press voting for Defensive Rookie of the year?

It was during the frantic days of the Nick Saban hire that DeMeco Ryans of the Houston Texans was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and that Chicago's Mark Anderson came in second place in the voting. The honors were noted, but probably not given enough hype at the time considering the circumstances.

Ryans finished the season with the Texans with nine games of with 10 or more tackles. His 155 total tackles in 2006 led all NFL rookies as well as the Texans squad. In addition, he had three and a half sacks and one fumble recovery on the year. Ryans was drafted in the second round of last year's draft, after the Texans took Mario Williams with the first overall pick in the draft.

Ryans has fast become a celebrity in Houston, much as he was at the University of Alabama. Last Wednesday the Houston Rockets invited him to their game against the Lakers, saving him mid-court floor seats and was cheered by the sellout crowd as he was recognized, according to the Texans web site.

Mark Anderson has had no time yet for any off-season fun, because he and the Chicago Bears season continues this Sunday when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. (Speaking of the Saints, former Alabama star Roman Harper is a rookie with the Saints, and had earned a starting spot on the squad in the first part of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He continues rehabilitation for the injury and should be back on the field next season.) The winner of the game will go to the Super Bowl in Miami to play the winner of the New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts game.

Anderson had 12 sacks and 28 tackles for the Bears in the regular season, playing mostly as a pass-rushing specialist on the stingy Bears defense. Anderson's sack total was the most of any NFL rookie, and the eight-most in the NFL in the regular season.


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