Iron Bowl Hosting Recruits

The Iron Bowl has finally arrived, and prospects will pack the stands Saturday afternoon for the annual Alabama vs. Auburn contest. The final outcome of the game will not likely have an effect on a recruit's decision, but a victory certainly doesn't hurt. Alabama was expected to host four official visitors, but two will reschedule.

The four official visitors originally scheduled included Donovan Tate, four-star safety from Cartersville, Ga., Olivier Vernon, four-star defensive end from Hialeah-American, Fla., Petey Smith, three-star middle linebacker from Seffner-Armwood, Fla., and Chance Warmack, three-star offensive guard from Atlanta-Westlake, Ga.

Vernon and Warmack will arrive in Tuscaloosa for the official visit. Tate broke a couple of ribs and was forced to reschedule. Smith's mom could not make the visit and will reschedule as well.

Vernon has been committed to Miami since the spring, but the Tide continues to recruit the pass rusher. He has already visited Florida State.

Warmack committed to the Tide in May, and his off the field classroom performance entitles his early high school graduation in December and enrollment at the University of Alabama in January.

The in-state prospects wait for this game all year with several already confirming their arrival including five-star prospects cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and wide receiver Kendall Kelly, teammates from Gadsden City, Tana Patrick, four-star strongside linebacker from Stevenson-North Jackson, Brandon Moore, four-star offensive tackle from Montgomery-Carver and Mardrecas Hood, two-star wide receiver from Reform-Pickens County.

Several of the state's top junior recruits are arriving early for the SEC match-up including offensive prospects Jeremy Richardson, wide receiver from Springville, Solomon Patton, wide receiver from Mobile-Murphy, D.J. Howard, running back from Lincoln, Demont Buice, running back from Gadsden-Gaston, Jackie Williams, wide receiver from Semmes-Mary G. Montgomery, Caleb Castille, athlete from Birmingham-Briarwood Christian and Trett Hardman, quarterback from Cullman-Fairview.

The defensive in-state juniors include Craig Sanders, defensive end from Ariton, Demarcus Milliner, cornerback from Millbrook-Stanhope Elmore, Dale Trimble cornerback from Gadsden City, Jawara White, linebacker from Troy-Charles Henderson, Jarrick Williams, safety from Prichard-Blount, C.J. Mosely, linebacker from Theodore and Davin Hawkins, safety from Attalla-Etowah.

Alabama expects their commitments to help their recruiting efforts including Mike Marrow, three-star fullback from Toledo-Central Catholic, Ohio, attending his first game.

Other commitments include Trent Richardson, five-star running back from Pensacola-Escambia, Fla., Nico Johnson, five-star middle linebacker from Andalusia, D.J. Fluker, four-star offensive tackle from Foley, AJ McCarron, four-star quarterback from Mobile-St. Paul's, William Ming, four-star defensive end from Athens, Chris Bonds, four-star defensive end from Columbia-Richland Northeast, S.C. and Darrington Sentimore, four-star defensive tackle from Destrehan, La.

Kellen Williams, three-star offensive tackle from Snellville-Brookwood, Ga., Gerald West, three-star cornerback from Mobile-Faith Academy and Quinton Dial, three-star defensive tackle from Clay-Chalkville.

The Tide has done a terrific job recruiting out-of-state, and several elite players plan to attend Alabama's final home game.

Rueben Randle, five-star wide receiver from Bastrop, La., may rank as the top overall prospect on the sidelines Saturday afterrnoon. Kevin Norwood, three-star wide receiver from Biloxi-D'Iberville, Miss., could make a decision after the weekend trip.

Other out-of-state prospects include Eddie Lacy, four-star running back from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., Gene Robinson, three-star safety from Memphis-Whitehaven, Tenn., Marsalis Teague, four-star cornerback from Paris-Henry County, Tenn., and Eric Gordon, four-star cornerback from Nashville-Hillsboro, Tenn.

Alabama may see several commitments to other schools in Tuscaloosa as well including. Jonathan Atchison (Auburn) three-star strongside linebacker from Atlanta-Douglass, Ga., Kenny Bell (LSU), four-star wide receiver from Rayville, La.

Jonathan Stewart (Texas A&M) three-star strongside linebacker from Shreveport-Byrd, La., Montrell Conner (Mississippi State) four-star running back from Monroe-Ouachita Parish, La., and Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), three-star defensive end from Yazoo City, Miss.

Several out-of-state junior prospects include Markeith Ambles, wide receiver from McDonough-Henry County, Ga., Chad Lindsey, offensive tackle from The Woodlands, Texas, Vic Beasley, wide receiver from Adairsville, Ga., Terrance Broadway, quarterback from Baton Rouge-Capitol, La. and James Stone, offensive guard from Nashville-Maplewood.

The Tide and Tigers kick-off on CBS Saturday at 2:30 CST at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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