Bulldogs Grab Early Lead

Smith Stations, Alabama linebacker Amonte Caban is a hot name in his home state of Alabama. Caban has picked up a half dozen early scholarship offers with even more programs doing their own due diligence. Heading into the spring evaluation period, the standout linebacker is expected to be one of the top draws for college coaches mining the state of Alabama for athletic linebackers.

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"I have offers from Mississippi State, Louisville, Alabama State, South Alabama, Troy and UAB," said Caban. "I was hoping that I was going to get some early offers, so I was sort of expecting some of this.

"At the same time, I wasn't sure I would have this many this early.

"You really don't know what to expect with all of this until it happens."

The talented linebacker recently had the chance to visit one of his most relentless pursuers, Mississippi State.

"I went to junior day at Mississippi State and that was a good experience," said Caban. "Coach (Deshea) Towsend recruits my area, but I have probably talked the most with Coach (Geoff) Collins.

"I had the chance to see both of them and I was able to see more of the campus.

"I had been over there before, in the fall, when they played Alcorn (State).

"This time, I got to see the facilities and all of that."

It appears that the visit to Starkille is proving to be an important milestone in Caban's early recruitment.

"I would have to say that Mississippi State is leading right now," said Caban. "I like the coaches and the campus and I just like the whole program.

"They sort of remind me of the program that I am coming from in high school.

"They haven't always been the best team, but they are becoming one of the best teams.

"I just like the whole program over there and the direction that things are going."

While Caban is ready to tab the Bulldogs as the team to beat, he is not quite ready to make a public declaration about his college intentions.

"I am thinking about making my decision sometime late in the summer before the season starts," said Caban. "I am not completely sure about that right now, but that's what I am thinking about.

"I have a couple of camps set up that I want to go to and then I am going to see what happens."

A junior day visit to UAB is the next scheduled college related event on Caban's spring semester calendar.

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