Waldrop concentrating on playoffs

One of the hardest hitters in Alabama prep football this year, Pinson Valley's Demarcus Waldrop has been a dedicated on-the-field leader for his high school team.

Waldrop, 6-0, 195, could project as either a safety or linebacker on the college level, but he says he is being recruited by Alabama to play Rover.

"Alabama is still my leader," Waldrop told BamaMag.com recently. "Auburn, Tennessee and Louisville would follow."

Though somewhat undersized for the position, Waldrop has been playing inside linebacker this season. He has a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the state. In 10 games he has been credited with 130 tackles and 15 sacks, more than living up to expectations.

Along with 100s of other regional prospects, Demarcus Waldrop attended the NIKE Camp last summer held on the Alabama campus.

Those stats do not include any possible playoff production. Waldrop's squad finished the regular season 8-2 and will face Mortimer-Jordan this weekend in the first round, a team that was a semi-finalist in 2001.

Waldrop's coach reports that he can be counted on to come up big at crucial times.

As a junior Waldrop turned in 150 tackles, catching the attention of the Tide coaches. "I don't plan on making a public commitment until after I get a passing score on the ACT," Waldrop said. "I only need one point (more)."

Having attended most of Alabama's home games this season on unofficial visits, Waldrop still has his eyes on Bryant-Denny as his hopeful home field next season.

Waldrop told Scott Kennedy of BorderWars.com earlier this week that he planned to set up official visits to Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi State.

EDITOR'S NOTE: BamaMag.com plans to watch Demarcus play live tonight, and we plan to provide a first-hand opinion next week.

With Alabama facing NCAA-mandated scholarship reductions, it's likely that the Tide coaches want to make sure Waldrop will qualify.

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