Tide welcomes visitors for homecoming

Alabama (6-0, 3-0), welcomes South Carolina (5-1, 2-1) to Tuscaloosa Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium for a big SEC contest. The game features one of five games across the country between ranked opponents with the Crimson Tide at No. 2 and the Gamecocks at No. 22. The nationally televised game will bring in numerous prospects including a pair of official visitors.

The two players scheduled for official visits include Johnavon Fulton, Scout.com four-star cornerback from Manning, S.C,, and Cade Foster, Scout.com four-star kicker from Southlake-Carroll, Texas.

Fulton expects to make a decision in December while Foster has already pledged to the Tide.

Fulton is not claiming any favorites at this point, but South Carolina appears to have the inside track. Alabama was considered the favorite for several months until Fulton took an unofficial visit before the season to Columbia.

Fulton has high interest in Florida, Georgia and LSU as well. He plans to graduate in December with a decision definitely on the horizon.

A couple of players committed to other programs will make the drive to Tuscaloosa for unofficial visits to watch an exciting game:

Demont Buice, three-star running back from Gadsden-Gaston, is committed to Clemson. West Virginia commitment Quantavious Leslie, three-star wide receiver from Hogansville-Calloway, Ga.

Alabama has shown interest in Coty Blanchard, quarterback from Centre-Cherokee County, who has committed to play baseball for Mississippi State. His teammate, middle linebacker Caleb Crane, plans to visit as well.

Several of Alabama's 2010 commitments have confirmed their plans to Tuscaloosa this weekend including: Jarrick Williams, Scout.com four-star safety from Prichard-Blount, Corey Grant, four-star running back from Opelika, Deion Belue, three-star cornerback from Tuscumbia-Deshler, Jay Williams, three-star punter from Thomasville, Demarcus Milliner, five-star cornerback from Millbrook-Stanhope Elmore;

Austin Shepherd, three-star offensive guard from Suwanee-North Gwinnett, Ga., Jalston Fowler, four-star fullback from Prichard-Vigor, Harrison Jones, three-star tight end from Cordova-Evangelical Christian, Tenn., Blake Sims, four-star safety from Gainesville, Ga., and Wilson Love, three-star defensive tackle from Mountain Brook.

Vigor High School is loaded with 2011 prospects with headliner Marvin Shinn, Scout.com National 100 junior, who is already pledged his signature to Alabama.

Several of Shinn's teammates visiting include Denzel Lott, defensive tackle, Eric Dixon, cornerback and Thomas Williams, offensive tackle.

A handful of players from Gadsden City are slated for unofficials including three juniors who are receiving heavy interest from several schools.

Dale Trimble, three-star cornerback and Fred Carter, outside linebacker are 2010 prospects and will arrive with their 2011 teammates Darryl Collins (offer), wide receiver, Alonzo Harris, running back and safety Anthony Swain.

The state of Alabama projects to have a very good class in 2011 and 2012. Several from each class have plans to visit for Homecoming.

Among the 2011 prospects include Alabama commitment Brent Calloway, Scout.com National 100 outside linebacker from Russellville, Denzel Bynum, cornerback from Stevenson-North Jackson, LaMichael Fanning, National 100 defensive end from Auburn, Antonio Humphrey, defensive end Montgomery-Carver, Taylor Morton, outside linebacker from Centreville-Bibb County, Anthony Gardner, running back from Pleasant Grove, Stephen Rivers, quarterback from Athens and Broderick Hall, quarterback from Tuscaloosa-Paul Bryant.

The two sophomore prospects generating the most early attention is Jameis Winston, quarterback from Hueytown and Reggie Ragland, tight end/outside linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones. Another sophomore expected is Marcus Turner, safety from McAdory.

The out-of-state underclassmen arriving include Quan Bray, running back from Hogansville-Calloway, Ga., Devin Bowman, running back from Rossville-Ridgeland, Ga., Tyler Hunter, cornerback from Valdosta-Lowndes, Ga., Jahmel McIntosh, wide receiver, from Cleveland, Miss. and Avery Walls, safety from McDonough-Union Grove, Ga.

This is not an official list of prospects visiting, but a few headliners eager to experience game day in Tuscaloosa.

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