Nine athletes visit Tuscaloosa

During the Tide's second major official visit of this year's recruiting season, nine athletes tripped to Tuscaloosa. <br><br>Three are already committed to Alabama, two are publicly committed to other SEC schools, and four have not yet made a decision.

Will Roach (above left) WR/SS, 6-2, 195, Brooks HS, Killen,AL
An excellent all-around athlete capable of playing several positions, Roach is expected to start at receiver. But he's also expected to get a shot at safety at some point in his career. Roach is the brother of Tide middle linebacker Freddie Roach, and despite wishful thinking by some Tennessee fans he is firmly committed to the Tide. "Nah, I'm not going back to Tennessee," he told laughing. "I'm happy here." Dre Fulgham hosted Roach on his visit.

Antonio Cromartie CB/WR, 6-3, 195, Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, FL
One of the top defensive recruits in the South, Cromartie is related to Tide receiver AC Carter (also from Tallahassee). He's believed to be leaning to Florida State, but he likes Alabama as well. "I'm a Florida guy," he said. "But I like it a lot here. People think with my height that I'm a wide receiver, but I want to start at cornerback." Carter hosted Cromartie on his visit.

Dezmond Sherrod TE, 6-5, 225, Caledonia HS, Caledonia, MS
Possibly the tall, athletic tight end that Coach Price is looking for in this class, Sherrod has been interested in Alabama from the start but was not offered a scholarship by the previous staff. "Coach (Sparky) Woods recruited me before to Mississippi State and now to Alabama," Sherrod said. If the Tide coaches offer him Sunday before he leaves, then he could make a decision quickly. "It's kind of even in a way," he told on Saturday afternoon during his visit. "But maybe by the end of my visit I will have made my decision. I visited several games last year. I've liked Alabama for awhile." Donald Clarke hosted Sherrod on his visit.

D.J. Chambers WR/Ath, 5-11, 180, Highland Home HS, Highland Home, AL
An early commitment to Alabama, Chambers should help fill a current need at wide receiver. "I haven't had a chance to visit with Coach Price yet," Chambers said Saturday afternoon. "But I'm going to watch film of his offense. My visit is going very well. I'm solid for Bama." Zach Fletcher hosted Chambers.

Dustin Goodwin QB, 6-1, 188, Demopolis HS, Demopolis, AL
There probably won't be enough scholarships to go around for Bama to offer Goodwin, but he was an excellent high school quarterback. It's not certain whether Goodwin would be willing to join the team as a walk on. Current Tider Greg McLain knows Goodwin from his high school days, but Justin Smiley was Goodwin's host. "Things are going well," Goodwin said. "It's cold, but I'm looking forward to looking at film of Coach Price's offense."

Jarod Parrish SS/Ath, 6-2, 180, Chatooga HS, Summerville, GA
An excellent athlete and student who is projected at safety in college, Parrish was an early commitment to Alabama. But in recent weeks he has considered other schools, notably Tennessee. He told that "I'm getting more acclimated to Alabama. I liked the visit to Tennessee, but I think I'm sticking with Alabama." Obviously the Tide coaches are hoping to solidify Parrish's commitment this weekend. Parrish was hosted on his visit by Chris James.

Kelcy McKissic-Luke QB/Ath, 6-1, 188, Central HS, Phenix City, AL
A current commitment to Auburn, largely because they promised him he could play quarterback while the previous Bama staff said he must play elsewhere, Luke is giving Bama a second look. "The visit is going well," he said Saturday. "They're talking to me about quarterback. I like Coach Price's offense. I'll go home and talk my decision over with my father." When pressed, Luke said Auburn was probably still ahead. Luke's brother, Nic Luke, hosted him on his visit.

D.J. Norris LB/TE, 6-2, 235, Pace HS, Pace, FL
A lifelong Tide fan who was not really recruited by the previous staff, Norris is a Florida commit. But his love of Alabama meant he couldn't turn down a vist when offered by Bama's new coaches. "That's why I'm here," he said. "I've been an Alabama fan all my life. I'm having a really good time. They're talking to me about playing either linebacker or tight end." Described by one observer as a "slightly shorter Clint Johnston," through long hours in the weight room Norris has built a heavily muscled frame. Walk-on linebacker P.J. Fletcher hosted Norris on his visit.

Jai Miller WR, 6-4, 192, Selma HS, Selma, AL
Almost as interested in Saturday night's basketball game as he was in his official football visit, Miller wants to play both sports in college. With Bama's need for quality wide receivers, Miller has become a key target of the new staff. "Everything went very well," Miller told Sunday morning before heading off to breakfast with the Tide coaches. "I saw everything I wanted to see at the basketball game and on campus." Miller has not publicly committed to any school yet, but the wait could be over soon. "I don't have a set timetable," he said regarding his decision. "I need to go home and clear my head and think it over with my parents." Roman Harper hosted Miller on his trip.

Linebacker Earnest Nance was scheduled to visit this past weekend, but car trouble forced him to postpone his official visit until next weekend. Nance signed with last year's class, but an injured knee prevented him from reporting with that group. If he re-signs with Alabama, he'll report next August with the other freshmen and count against the 2003 class scholarship numbers.

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