Alabama Coaches Make Last Pitch

It's the final weekend for official visitors as National Signing Day is only days away. The University of Alabama and coach Nick Saban have brought in an impressive group in the last month, but this weekend is the final push to try and secure commitments for the class of 2007. five-star running back Joe McKnight, from River Ridge-John Curtis, (Louis.), is not expected to arrive in Tuscaloosa Friday afternoon. McKnight has trimmed his final list to LSU, USC and Ole Miss. four-star defensive end and Tide verbal Luther Davis, from West Monroe, (Louis.), plans to arrive as an unofficial visitor for the weekend. four-star defensive tackle Rolando Melancon, from Lutcher, (Louis.), has a great frienship with Luther Davis. Melancon is a Tennessee commitment, and he is looking to see what the Tide has to offer on the depth chart before making a final decision.

Alabama landed Chavis Williams Friday morning, from Dora, (Ala.), and is expected to get his first look at linebacker. Williams took his official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend and declined his visit to Auburn this weekend. three-star defensive tackle Jeremy Elder, from College Park-North Clayton, (Ga.), is eager to arrive to the Capstone for the weekend. A commitment is expected if coach Nick Saban accepts. three-star receiver Markish Jones, from Spartanburg-Broome, (S.C.), is a soft verbal to Clemson. He is considering Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Kentuky as well. Alabama expects to add at least one more receiver to the class of 2007, and Jones might get the nod this weekend.

Alabama landed the commitment of three-star cornerback Tarence Farmer, from Houston-St.Pius X, (Texas), Wednesday night. Farmer will make his first ever visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Ken Dailey, from Mobile-Baker, (Ala.), is an athletic prospect who has missed a majority of his senior season due to injury. Alabama is looking at the speedster for the safety position. Dailey may receive a scholarship offer during his visit this weekend.

Wide receiver Jeremy Word, from Nettleton, (Miss.), is definitely the sleeper of the group, but arrives with a great foundation of a solid performer. Word is also eager to receive a scholarship from the Tide staff. three-star safety Michael Ricks, from Booneville-Northeast Mississippi, admits he is not a commitment to Alabama. He has planned to visit the previous two weekends, but other situations have kept him away from Tuscaloosa. Alabama remains as his overall favorite, and he is expected to arrive Friday afternoon. four-star receiver Dwight Jones, from Burlington-Cummings, (N.C.), will not visit as he had hoped to receive an invitation from the Tide staff.

Stay with for all the latest news from this weekend's official visitors in Tuscaloosa.

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