Committed players visit Bama

In all, 16 athletes took official visits to Tuscaloosa this past weekend, including eight players already firmly committed to sign with Alabama.

Matt Caddell WR/KR, 5-11, 172, McCalla HS, McAdory, AL
Considered one of the top three receivers in the state, Caddell is also an extraordinary kick returner. "A bunch of coaches have talked to me about returning kicks," Caddell said. "Coach (Kasey) Dunn says we'll be the No. 1 passing offense in the SEC."

Tim Castille RB, 5-11, 220, Briarwood Christian HS, Birmingham, AL
Probably the top-rated running back in Alabama this past season, Castille has been a firm commitment to the Tide for several weeks now. He spent time Saturday watching film with Coach Price, learning what his role will be in the one-back offense.

Chris Felder DB, 5-11, 170, Wilcox Central, Camden, AL
Felder was accompanied on the visit by his uncle, Shannon Felder, a former player at Alabama. Chris is rated one of the best defensive back prospects in the state.

Eric Gray CB, 5-11, 180, Trinity-West Morgan HS, Trinity, AL
Gray played mostly running back this past season, but he's considered maybe the top cover-corner prospect in the state. His former teammate, Chauncey Malone, signed with the Tide last year but had to start off in junior college.

Dominic Lee DT, 6-2, 290, Huffman HS, Birmingham, AL
Because of his name, Lee was quickly tagged "The Dominator" by media members. But he laughed and explained that his real nickname was "Big Smooth." Lee would be excellent at either offensive guard or defensive tackle, but he'll likely play defense at Alabama. Lee's father explained in no uncertain terms that the staff changeover meant nothing to Dominic, "He committed to a school, not a coach."

Travis West OL, 6-4, 275, N.E. Jones HS, Laurel, MS (left) and
Justin Moon (right) OL, 6-6, 295, Guntersville HS, Guntersville, AL
Both West and Moon were recruited hard by the previous staff, and the transition took them by surprise. However, new O-Line Coach Bobby Connelly has made an excellent impression on them, and both remain solidly committed to the Tide. "I've talked to Coach Connelly a lot," West said. "He's a good coach."

Eric Packer RB/Ath, 5-9, 184, Wilcox Central HS, Camden, AL
Suited for any of a number of positions, Packer could contribute at running back, wide receiver or even defensive back. But his high school coach said Saturday that the Tide coaches were asking about Packer's hands, explaining that he thinks he may end up at wideout.

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