Recruits flocking to Tuscaloosa

One of the hottest tickets of the weekend is to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscalooosa to watch the No. 1 Crimson Tide vs. No. 7 Florida Gators. Recruits have talked about the re-match for months. A huge list of prospects are arriving for the big weekend.

Official Visitors

Two pair of teammates are expected with Alabama commitment Ha'Sean Clinton Dix, five-star safety and Dee Hart, four-star running back from Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla. Hart is expected to announce his decision next week between Alabama, Auburn and Michigan. Auburn and Michigan are the teams in the lead heading into this weekend.

Another pair of teammates expected are Nick O'Leary, five-star tight end and Curt Maggitt, four-star outside linebacker from Palm Beach Gardens-Dywer, Fla. Florida commtment A.C. Leonard, four-star tight end from Jacksonville-University Christian School, Fla., will also travel to Tuscaloosa.


This game will bring in several of the nation's elite prospects for unofficial visits. The Tide's top target at running back, Isaiah Crowell, is a five-star from Columbus-Carver, Ga. He is making his second visit to Tuscaloosa this season. His top two schools remain Alabama and Georgia, but has yet to visit Athens for a game in 2010. His teammate Gabe Wright, four-star defensive tackle, is expected to make the trip.

Two of the Sunshine State's best uncommitted players will visit which includes Tony Steward, five-star middle linebacker from St. Augustine-Menendez and Tim Jernigan, five-star defensive tackle from Lake City-Columbia, Fla. Steward has never visited Tuscaloosa. Jernigan traveled to Alabama during the spring and has the Tide as one of his top five schools.

Antonio Richardson, National 100 offensive tackle from Nashville-Ensworth, Tenn., plans to visit. Tennessee is considered the frontrunner for his signature. Robensen Therezie, four-star cornerback from Miami-Jackson, Fla., had originally planned an official visit. This trip is an unofficial.

A pair of Xzavier's are expected in Xzavier Dickson, four-star defensive end from Griffin, Ga., and Xzavier Ward, three-star offensive tackle from Moultrie-Colquitt County, Ga. Dickson favors Alabama, but does not plan to announce his decision until January at the Under Armour All-America game. Ward isn't naming any favorites, but he has scheduled an official visit to Alabama in January.

The state's top uncommitted player, Erique Florence, is four-star safety from Valley. This is his second Alabama game of the season. He was in Tuscaloosa for the Penn State game. Florence is considered a lean to Auburn, but has Alabama in the top two. Spencer Region, three-star offensive guard from Cullman, plans to visit again.

Josh Pinkston, three-star wide receiver from Forest, Miss., has the three Mississippi schools on his list as well as Alabama.

Commitments Galore

The Tide's latest commitment Chris Jones, three-star cornerback from Adamsville-Minor, Ala., is excited about attending the game as a commitment. Trey DePriest, five-star middle linebacker from Sprigfield, Ohio, will attend his first-ever game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Others attending include D.J. Pettway, three-star defensive tackle from Pensacola-Catholic, Fla., Jabriel Washington, four-star cornerback from Jackson-Trinity Christian Academy, Tenn., Marvin Shinn, four-star wide receiver from Prichard-Vigor, Ala., Brent Calloway, four-star outside linebacker from Russellville, Ala., Danny Woodson, Jr., four-star wide receiver from Mobile-LeFlore,Daryl Collins, three-star wide receiver from Gadsden City, Vinnie Sunseri, three-star middle linebacker from Tuscaloosa-Northridge, LaMichael Fanning, four-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., Malcolm Faciane, three-star tight end from Picayune, Miss., and Quinton Dial, three-star defensive tackle from East Miss. CC in Scooba. Alabama's first 2012 commitment Eddie Williams, National 100 safety from Panama City-Arnold, Fla., will attend as well.

More Running Backs

Alabama will have Isaiah Crowell and Dee Hart on campus, but a few others are also scheduled including Quan Bray, four-star from LaGrange-Troup County, Ga. and Buck Allen, three-star from Tallahasse-Lincoln, Fla.. Both have offers from the Tide.

Well Represented in 2012

The in-state stars include National 100 prospects Kwon Alexander, linebacker from Oxford, Jameis Winston, quarterback from Hueytown, Reggie Ragland, linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones and Chris Casher, defensive end from Mobile-Faith Academy. Chris Humes, cornerback from Hoover-Spain Park, Darius Philon, defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Trae Elston cornerback from Oxford, Michael Flint, offensive guard from Oxford, Caleb Peterson, offensive guard from Auburn, Paul Kyles, tight end from Prichard-Vigor, Kelton Brackett, cornerback from Prichard-Blount, Kyron Samuels, offensive center from Fairhope and Marcus Turner, cornerback from McCalla-McAdory.

Out-of-State Juniors

Several in the class of 2012 outside the state lines include Jordan Jenkins, defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., Quay Evans, defensive tackle from Morton, Miss., Greyson Lambert, quarterback from Jesup-Wayne County, Ga., Landon Collins, safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., Jovon Robinson, running back from Memphis-Wooddale, Nathan Cole, wide receiver from Memphis-Mitchell, Justin Meredith, tight end from Anderson-T.L. Hanna, S.C., Dakota Ball, defensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell, Ga., and Samson Baldwin, wide receiver from Greenville-J.L. Mann, S.C.

Who's Not Arriving

Jadeveon Clowney, five-star defensive end from Rock Hill-South Pointe, S.C., will attend the Clemson-Miami game. Others not expected in Tuscaloosa include Brandon Shell, five-star offensive tackle from Goose Creek, S.C., Jermauria Rasco, five-star defensive end from Shreveport-Evangel Christian, La., Jay Rome, five-star tight end from Valdosta, Ga., Damian Swann, four-star cornerback from Atlanta-Grady, Ga., and Cyrus Kouandjio, five-star offensive tackle from Hyattsville-Dematha Catholic, Md. Nickolas Brassell, four-star wide receiver from Batesville-South Panola, Miss., is not scheduled to visit. He might have a change of plans and show up on UA's campus Saturday.

Prattville Trio Status

The elite juniors of Justin Shanks, National 100 defensive tackle, defensive end Caleb Gulledge, and athlete Justin Thomas, will attend even though they play Sidney Lanier Saturday afternoon.

You may have a 50-yard line seat in front of your TV come this weekend, or one of more than 100,000 who have a near-priceless ticket eager for prime time Saturday night. The stage is all set for an intense and exciting weekend with fans, players and recruits.


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