Tide hosts elite campers

The University of Alabama will welcome in high school prospects from across the country for summer camp beginning Sunday through Wednesday. Several of the elite prospects arriving in Tuscaloosa will participate in the camp or on campus for an unofficial visit. Most of the players plan to stay the full three days while some are in for one day only.


A lot of Alabama fans will focus their attention this week on Johnavon Fulton, Scout.com four-star cornerback from Manning, S.C. Fulton is considered a heavy lean to the Tide with a possible decision, but Fulton informed Scout.com late Thursday night of other summer visits remaining on the schedule before making a decision.

Two of the best offensive tackles in the South are expected in T-town which include Damien Robinson, Scout.com five-star offensive tackle from Olive Branch, Miss., and James Stone, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Nashville-Maplewood, Tenn.

The Magnolia State has a big lineman who is camping in Demarco Cox, Scout.com three-star offensive tackle from Yazoo City, Miss.

Several in-state stars attending include Jarrick Williams, Scout.com four-star safety from Prichard-Blount, C.J. Mosley, four-star outside linebacker from Theodore and Corey Grant, four-star running back from Opelika.

The out-state list from the Peach State includes Brian Vogler, Scout.com 300 tight end from Columbus-Brookstone School, Ken Malcome, three-star running back from Decatur-Southwest DeKalb, Garry Peters, three-star cornerback from Conyers-Heritage, and Michael Thornton, three-star defensive tackle from Stone Mountain-Stephenson.

The state of Louisiana is represented with Jonathan McKnight, cornerback from River Ridge-John Curtis Christian and James Wright, Scout.com three-star wide receiver from Belle Chasse.

Fulton will arrive with teammate Dexter Morant, Scout.com three-star defensive end from Manning, S.C.

A signal caller on the radar and arriving to showcase his skills is from the Lone Star State in Zach Lee, Scout.com three-star quarterback from McKinney, Texas.

The University of Alabama coaching staff will keep a close eye on numerous players who are seeking scholarship offers this week including Victor Beasley, outside linebacker from Adairsville, Ga., Desmond Brown, safety from Centre-Cherokee County, Ryan Smith, safety from Cordova, Dale Trimble, cornerback from Gadsden City, Sam Gibson, quarterback from Prattville and Nigel Terrell, outside linebacker from Pelham.

Pee Wee Cobb, cornerback from Auburn, D.J. Howard, running back from Lincoln, Deion Belue, cornerback from Deshler, Nolen Smith, wide receiver from Oneonta, Jackie Williams, wide receiver from Prichard-Vigor, and Kenneth Carter, defensive tackle from Greenville.

Several of Alabama's commitments want to compete this week including Nick Perry, Scout.com three-star safety from Prattville, Demarcus Milliner, five-star cornerback from Millbrook-Stanhope Elmore, Ronald Carswell, three-star wide receiver from Macon-Westlake, Ga., Jalston Fowler, four-star fullback from Prichard-Vigor, and Blake Sims, four-star quarterback from Gainesville, Ga.

Committed players from other schools:

Two of the biggest names expected include Ahmad Dixon, Scout.com five-star safety from Waco-Midway, Texas and Martavis Bryant, four-star wide receiver from Anderson-T L Hanna, S.C.

Dixon originally committed to Texas before switching to Baylor. Bryant has been committed to Clemson since the spring of his sophomore year, and both prospects have offers from Alabama.

Shon Coleman, Scout.com three-star offensive tackle from Olive Branch, Miss. and Auburn commitment, has made plans to camp in Tuscaloosa with a Tide offer.

2011 top recruits:

Numerous in-state underclassmen are looking forward to their camp experience including Alabama commitment Marvin Shinn, wide receiver from Prichard-Vigor, Brent Calloway, running back from Russellville, Chris Nelson, quarterback from Theodore, Darryl Collins, wide receiver from Gadsden City, and Pat Milliner, wide receiver from Millbrook-Stanhope Elmore.

Stephen Rivers, quarterback from Athens, is also expected to camp and the younger brother of San Diego Chargers starting quarterback Phillip Rivers.

The Alabama coaching staff appears to blanket the state of Georgia and will welcome some of the the Peach State's finest.

Ray Drew, defensive end from Thomasville-Thomas County, has already received an offer from Georgia. Shannon Brown, running back from Adel-Cook County, has offers from Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee. A.J. Johnson, outside linebacker from Gainesville, has offers from Ole Miss, Clemson, N.C. State and Tennessee.

Other elite out-of-staters include include Kenny Hilliard, running back from Patterson, La., and Phillip Dukes, defensive tackle from Manning, S.C. Hilliard has offers from LSU, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Duke has offers from Clemson and South Carolina.

This is not a complete list of campers expected in Tuscaloosa, but a highlight of several top prospects spending time on the Tide's campus for unofficial visits and competing in camp.

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