Receiving tight end added to Bama board

Fans wondered if new Head Coach Mike Price's arrival would shuffle the names on Bama's recruiting board, and the addition of Mississippi tight end Dezmond Sherrod is proof that is happening.

Sherrod (6-4, 225, 4.75) is the classic receiving tight end, perfectly suited to Price's new pass-first offensive attack. "(New Tide Tight Ends Coach) Sparky Woods called me today," Sherrod said Monday. "He wanted to confirm that I would be visiting on the 24th."

At this point the Tide has not yet offered Sherrod a scholarship, but that could change soon. "I'm hoping for an offer from Alabama," Sherrod said. "If they offer, then they would be my leader."

Ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the state of Mississippi by, Sherrod knows all about the Crimson Tide. "I love the Alabama tradition," he said. "Alabama is exactly what I am looking for in a school."

A two time All District selection in 2002 and 2001, the Caledonia, Mississippi native missed three games this season with a high ankle sprain. Plus, his production was limited due to his team having a first-year quarterback.

As a senior, Dezmond Sherrod caught just 12 passes for 186 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. The previous season as a junior he totaled 24 receptions for 479 yards (19.9 yards per catch and five TDs.

Sherrod is an above average blocker (he only allowed defensive ends to post eight tackles in seven games), but his hands will be his ticket to Division 1A football.

"I think I'm an energetic player that tries to play with determination," was how Sherrod described himself to recently. "I try to motivate my teammates."

Sherrod's high school coach describes him as a "class act" and a true example of a player that gets the most out of his ability.

Listed as a Top 25 player in Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion Ledger, Sherrod sports a 31-inch vertical jump. He bench presses 270 pounds, squats 410 and power cleans 295.

So far his time in the weight room has been limited, due to the fact that he is playing basketball for Caledonia High School. On the hardcourt Sherrod is averaging 10 points and 12 rebounds per game.

An excellent student, Sherrod carries a 3.8 GPA, good enough to rank him sixth in his class. He has scored a 21 on the ACT.

Sherrod visited Mississippi State last weekend (1-10) and has scheduled trips to Ole Miss (1-17) and Alabama (1-24). "I already have offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss," he said. West Virginia and Marshall have also offered, but he has since cancelled visits to those schools in order to stay closer to home. Navy and Princeton of the Ivy League have also recruited him.

NOTE: The addition of Sparky Woods, who had coached at Mississippi State, could well be a key factor in Sherrod's decision.

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