Ross pulling double duty

Randy Ross, who serves as director of high school relations for the athletics department, is temporarily wearing a familiar hat -- that of football recruiting coordinator. With the Dennis Franchione staff having departed en masse for Texas A&M, Ross is left minding the store insofar as recruiting is concerned.

This is not a particularly critical time in the recruiting process. High school seniors will sign with colleges on February 5. Alabama can sign only 18 new players to enter school next August. There are 15 who had previously committed to the Tide.

Ross, who served as recruiting coordinator under Gene Stallings, has made it a point to be in touch with prospects, including those who are already committed. The message being delivered to prospects is to keep calm until Alabama has a new head football coach and staff to meet with the prospects.

Ross said he was in his car listening to a radio sports show Friday afternoon and heard an interview with one of those 15 who have announced for Alabama.

Ross said, "I thought, ‘Oh, no. That's the only one of our guys I haven't been able to talk to.'" Sure enough, he said, the player was asked if anyone from Alabama had contacted him and the young man said no one had.

Ross admitted to feeling bad. But he had a pretty good excuse. He said the prospect is the brother of a current Tide player. "I got the number from [the current player] and it was the wrong number!," Ross said.

William Roach, an all-around athlete from Killen Brooks, is the brother of current Tide linebacker Freddie Roach.

He also said that Alabama had planned to have four prospects in for official visits this weekend, but that those visits will be rescheduled after the coaching search is completed. "They can only come in one time," Ross said. "And this way when they come in later they'll be able to meet with the new coach."

The 15 players that had committed to Alabama before the recent coaching change are:

Matt Caddell, a 5-11, 170-pound wide receiver from McCalla High School in McAdory; Tim Castille, a 5-11, 220-pound running back from Briarwood Christian in Birmingham; D.J. Chambers, a 6-0, 180-pound athlete from Highland Home; Chris Felder, a 5-11, 165-pound athlete at Camden Wilcox-Central; Eric Gray, a 5-11, 180-pound cornerback at Trinity West Morgan; Andraus Grace, a 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle from Fort Meade, Florida; Michael Hill, a 6-3, 274-pound defensive tackle from Smiths Station; Mario Lane, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end and tight end from Montgomery Carver; defensive tackle Dominic Lee, 6-3, 295, of Birmingham Huffman; fullback LeRon McClain, 6-0, 242, of Tuscaloosa County; Justin Moon, a 6-6, 290-pound offensive lineman from Guntersville; Eric Packer, a 5-9, 184-pound running back from Camden Wilcox-Central; Jarod Parrish, a 6-3, 180-pound cornerback from Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia; William Roach, a 6-1, 190-pound safety from Killen Brooks; and Travis West, a 6-4, 275-pound offensive tackle from Northeast Jones High School in Laurel, Mississippi.

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