Last-minute recruiting notes

Passing along some late-breaking recruiting notes, including two additions to the official visit list for this weekend. <br><br>Quarterback Cliff Davis and punter Brandon Roberson are both now scheduled to visit Alabama tomorrow.

Cliff Davis (6-5, 210, 4.8) played for Eupora High School in Eupora, Mississippi, passing for 1,989 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season. Heading into this season Davis was projected by some recruiting analysts to be a top prospect. He's currently listed as a commitment to Arkansas State. Alabama got in on him late, but Davis is the prototype size for a Mike Price quarterback, and there is obvious mutual interest.

With the graduation of Lane Bearden, Roberson could end up being a valuable addition to the Tide team. Originally from Ripley, Mississippi, Roberson punted for Northeast Mississippi Junior College this past year, averaging 42.8 yards per effort. His senior year of high school Roberson was considered the top punting prospect in Mississippi. He is listed as a commitment to Arkansas, but again he wouldn't be visiting Alabama if there wasn't mutual interest.

An excellent athlete and student, <Jarod Parrish projects as a safety on the college level.

On a related note, BamaMag.com has gotten word that Patrick Eades of Hoover High School is considering walking on at Alabama next season. Eades averaged more than 46 yards per punt his senior year.

Jarod Parrish (6-3, 180, 4.4) of Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia is apparently holding firm for the Tide. Given his location and the fact that he had taken an official visit to Tennessee two weeks ago, many fans worried that Parrish might be tempted to reconsider his commitment to Alabama. But late word from Parrish's coaches is that isn't happening. In fact, Parrish has recently requested a second set of scholarship papers from the Alabama coaches. Apparently Jarod's name (with just one 'r') was misspelled on the first set.

On another positive note, we can't go into the details but BamaMag.com has reason to believe that linebacker/tight end D.J. Norris (6-2, 235) is giving very serious consideration to the Tide (his childhood favorite team). Norris was not recruited by the previous staff and is currently committed to Florida. He will visit Florida State this weekend and probably announce his final decision Monday.

We reported earlier that wide receiver prospect Jonathan Russell (6-3, 190, 4.5) of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City will visit Alabama this weekend. With names like Chad Jackson and Jai Miller still on the board, some considered Russell's visit a courtesy on the part of the Tide staff. But our sources are telling us that Alabama's interest is very real. Coach Price favors tall, athletic receivers, and Russell fits that bill.

Defensive ends Marquies Gunn of Alexander City and Mike Heard of Jonesboro, Georgia were also scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa tomorrow. However, the latest word is that both are likely to commit elsewhere, Gunn to Auburn and Heard to Mississippi State. Of course if that happens, neither would be expected to make the Alabama trip.

Other athletes expected to visit Alabama this weekend include: receiver Chad Jackson, running back Tashard Choice, offensive lineman Chris Capps, linebacker Earnest Nance, defensive tackle Freddie St. Preux, tight end Mario Lane, and linebacker Kenny Hollis.

NOTE: It would surprise no one for there to be more changes to Bama's visit list between now and Friday afternoon when the athletes actually check in.


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