Even surrounding the event, which runs from July 14 through 17, key Tide targets are set to take in Tuscaloosa with having already proved enough to hold a scholarship offer from Nick Saban and company.
Leading the charge in that department and headlining the expansive list of visitors is Braden Smith. The low-key five-star offensive tackle from Olathe (Kans.) South High School doesn't crave the spotlight or even attend popular camps and combines for the most part, but the 6-foot-6, 292-pound specimen has done enough to be considered the No. 5 overall player in America on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.
Smith will take in Tuscaloosa with with his family and Olathe South head coach Jeff Gourley. Smith has been high on Alabama for some time, but has never really detailed favorites during the process. Midlands analyst Randy Withers doesn't expect Smith to make a decision until national signing day 2014 (February 5).
Mavety has never been to Tuscaloosa.
The elite offensive tackle prospect, who also has the skill-set to play guard at the next level, won't be the only top-notch offensive linemen on campus. In fact, BamaMag has already learned of five players at the position already with offers from the Tide planning to make it to town this weekend.
Junior College four-star Chad Mavety may be the best of that group, though he doesn't plan on working out once in town for the first time. Assistant coach Mario Cristobal checked him out this spring up at Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.) this spring.
"They've seen me plenty of times in person," Mavety added.
Young talent flocking to T-town
The rising seniors will be under the most pressure to deliver in front of Alabama coaches and against stiff competition, but underclassmen talent from the class of 2015, 2016 and even 2017 are also set to compete at the event.
The early list includes young Alabama commitments Mekhi Brown and Deionte Thompson, as well as in-state standouts Daron Payne and Nick Gibson in the class of 2015. But perhaps the top rising junior in attendance will be St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star Minkah Fitzpatrick. The defensive back was one of only a handful of underclassmen invited to NIKE's The Opening, and he held his own against the nation's best from 2014 all week long. It wouldn't shock many if he left Tuscaloosa with a scholarship offer from the national champs.
The class of 2016 has one of the top cornerbacks in the state of Alabama regardless of class in Jermarius Jordan. The youngster out of Hoover (Ala.) High already has an SEC offer to his name and he's looking for more, all while embracing his role as top 2014 talent and teammate Marlon Humphrey's protege.
Many consider Moses to be a phenom.
There are underclassmen who are ahead of the curve like Jordan and others, but then there is the class that Dylan Moses has created all for himself. The soon-to-be high school freshman already boasts double-digit offers from the nation's best, including Alabama and LSU. He'll return to Tuscaloosa and work out as a running back this time around, having done so as a defender previously. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has been working as a linebacker, running back and defensive back this summer, and he may be the top player nationally at either position for the class of 2017.
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