Saban targeting Bama Ath Sharrief

Nick Saban has crossed over into Alabama more than a few times over the last four years and came away with some of the state's top prospects. <br><br> He hopes he can do the same this year and his target is Stevenson-North Jackson athlete Ali Sharrief (5-10, 198, 4.4).

Sharrief plays both ways for North Jackson at running back and linebacker. He is a bit undersized for linebacker at the college level so everyone is recruiting him for defensive back and, of course, running back.

Running back may be a better fit for him based on his size and speed but the moves he has in the open field make him a threat every time he has the ball in his hands.

"In my own personal opinion I think I'm better at running back," said Sharrief who has rushed for over 2,600 yards and 38 scores the last two seasons. "I've never been caught from behind and I just like running with the ball. I haven't played defensive back since junior high so I'd have some work to catch up on. I can play either but I just like to play football."

Sharrief has scholarship offers from some of the top programs around the country but five schools are currently in the running for his signature.

"LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn are my top five with Auburn, Alabama and LSU at the top," he said.

Sharrief took an unofficial visit to LSU in June for a camp to check out the campus and its surroundings. He worked out at running back and safety for Saban but the attention he got outside of the camp impressed him and his family just as much.

"Not only did LSU win the national championship but their education program is what sets them apart," he said. "My daddy didn't like LSU but he fell in love with them because of their academic center. I felt at home at LSU and I know I'd feel more comfortable after I met some of the players."

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