Ala. All-Stars: Notebook Day 2

The Alabama/Mississippi All-Stars continued practice Wednesday in cold, rainy conditions. Andrew Bone provides the latest news and notes for 'Team Alabama' from Montgomery.


Nasty weather

It was another day of not the best of weather with rain, wind and bitter cold during the morning practice session. The rain let up in the afternoon, but it was still very cold and windy throughout practice.

The practices consisted of positions drills, team drills and special teams. Players continued to go through the playbook. Each position received a lot of reps and players are beginning to become comfortable on the practice field.

National 100 recruits talking

'Team Alabama' features three National 100 recruits in quarterback Jameis Winston, running back T.J. Yeldon and linebacker Reggie Ragland. These players are among the best in the country, and a lot of eyes have been on them this week.

"It's been going good," said Yeldon. "We are getting used to the offense and the play calls. We are also having to get used to this cold weather."

Yeldon was asked about teammate Jameis Winston and other players on the team.

"Jameis plays too much," Yeldon said with a laugh. "He needs to grow up. I can't tolerate him. He just needs to grow up. In all honesty, he is a great quarterback. He puts the ball wherever he wants. He is a real good quarterback.

"A lot of guys on the team have impressed me. I didn't know a lot of these guys when I first got here. We have some good talent on our team. I have been impressed with all of them.

The Auburn commitment is hoping for a big game come Saturday against 'Team Mississippi'.

"Hopefully we will blow them out," said Yeldon. "They get to practice in the indoor facility. We are out here practicing in the cold. Hopefully we just go out there and blow them out."

Five-star Reggie Ragland also discussed the All-Star week.

"Everything is coming along real good," said Ragland. "We are getting used to the speed. Everything is real good. We are just ready for the game."

The Tide commitment was asked who has impressed him the most this week.

"Ryan [Anderson]," Ragland responded. "He is crazy. He is coming down and making plays. It's good to have someone like that on your side of the ball. We all hope to make plays on Saturday."

Jameis Winston is hoping for a little bit better blocking and warmer weather.

"Practice is going good," said Winston. "I have some good targets. I almost got killed though because [a lineman] didn't block anybody. Everything is good though."

"It was real cold out here this morning. It was just cold and rainy. I couldn't feel my hands. I was prepared this time. I had a good afternoon."

The Florida State commitment was asked about the guys who are the leaders and talkers in practices.

"Trae Elston and the cornerback from Blount [Kelton Brackett]," Winston said. "Those guys are the jokesters. They are funny. We are all having a good time."

State championship chatter

Prattville and Hoover are perennial powerhouse programs in the state. Alabama commitment Caleb Gulledge (Prattville) and South Alabama commitment Daniel Aust (Hoover) are playing on the same team after competing against each other last week in the state championship game. Prattville defeated Hoover 35-34 in one of the best games of the year. Gulledge and Aust are playing on the same offensive line.

"Daniel is a good player and a hard woker," said Gulledge. "We get along pretty good with each other. We talked a little bit about the game, but not too much. I can't say anything to him because they beat us when I was a sophomore. We are even now."

Aust had nice things to say about the Prattville state champion.

"I knew Caleb before this," said Aust. "We are good friends. He is a good guy. We have talked about it a little bit, not a whole lot. He is good guy. He is a real good player."

Coaching changes

Arkansas commitment Jamichael Winston, defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, told us on Tuesday a big reason for his commitment to the Razorbacks had to do with defensive coordinator Willie Robinson. Winston found out after practice on Tuesday that Robinson has moved on from Fayetteville.

"I found out yesterday he was no longer going to coach there," said Winston. "I was upset about it. I haven't talked to anyone yet though. I am disappointed, but I am still committed. It doesn't change my mind. I am 100-percent committed to Arkansas."

Four Southern Miss commitments are playing in the game for 'Team Alabama' including quarterback Jonathan Wallace, offensive lineman Caleb Peterson, athlete DeAnte Lawrence and safety Derrick Moncrief.

"I love Southern Miss," said Peterson. "If Coach Fedora leaves it's something I would have to think about and talk with my family about. I have my brother there, so I wouldn't be completely alone. It would be a new situation, but my brother is there and is someone I can lean on."

"It could," DeAnte Lawrence responded when asked if Fedora leaving will have an effect on his decision. "I will probably still stay. He is the main big part of why I am going to Southern Miss."

"I am still committed to Southern Miss," said Moncrief. "I might take visits. Arkansas, Minnesota, Kentucky and Mississippi State are schools I am still looking at."

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