Roll Tide

One of the nation's top prospects made a surprise visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend to visit Alabama for their home game against the Ole Miss Rebels. Fred Rouse, the nation's No. 4 rated prospect and the No. 2 wide receiver from Tallahassee Lincoln High, was more than impressed with his first unofficial visit to see the Crimson Tide.

Highly-touted receiver Fred Rouse made an unofficial visit to Alabama this past weekend. The Crimson Tide made a lasting imperssion.

"It was lovely man," said Rouse.

"I enjoyed it. I have never seen more support for a team in my life than the Alabama fans. They are amazing and it was so nice to see. I also like the coaches because some are young like coach Shula. They can relate to you. I actually have never been there before and I never thought I would like Alabama. To be honest with you I absolutely loved it. It was a real eye opener and they have a shot." Rouse, from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School, visited Alabama with two of his teammates, offensive lineman Cole Harvey and defensive end Kerry Bond. Harvey committed to the Tide two weeks ago.

"I like the wide receiver situation there (Alabama)," Rouse said.

"I played with D.J. (Hall) and Keith (Brown) and it's nice to see how far they have come along there. It's really the same schools – Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Florida, Texas, USC, Tennessee and Ohio State. I will work on the visits after the season."

Speaking of the season Lincoln High School has only played one game so far this year and that was a loss to Pensacola (Fla.) High School. Last weekend, their much anticipated game with Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater was canceled. This weekend they face Valdosta (Ga.) High School, one of the most legendary programs in all of high school football.

"I am chomping at the bit to play," Rouse said.

"We have only played one game and I am sick of practicing. Valdosta has a great team and a great legacy. We are going on their grounds. They're Valdosta and we're Lincoln. We are two great programs and it should be a great game."

There was another big game last Friday that Fred was emotionally attached too and that involved Florida State and Miami. So who was he pulling for?

"Honestly I wasn't pulling for either team,he said. "I just wanted to see my boys do well and I was very happy that they all made plays."

I'll say. Rouse is referring to his former teammates like Pat Watkins (led FSU in tackles), Craphonso Thorpe (led FSU in receptions), Antonio Cromartie (scored TD off fumble recovery and made an INT) and Greg Threat (Miami safety that was everywhere on the field).


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