Two of the bigger name recruits in the country plan to attend the Tide’s SEC home-opener this weekend in Quay Evans, five-star defensive tackle from Morton, Miss., and Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga. Alabama has been one of the top three schools on the list for Evans. Jenkins has a top two consisting of Alabama and Florida. The Tide has been considered a slight favorite, but in a battle with the Gators.
Beniquez Brown, four-star outside linebacker from Florence, Ala., travels to Tuscaloosa for the first time this season. The Tide has the lead for his signature, but he continues to push back the decision. “A couple of weeks" has been the standard reply, but when asked on Thursday if he might commit this weekend, "probably not."
Alabama commitment Dillon Lee will visit this weekend along with teammates Vadal Alexander, four-star offensive guard and Kurt Freitag, three-star tight end. Alexander and Freitag have the Tide as one of their top three schools. Freitag plans to announce his decision in October.
Trae Elston, three-star cornerback from Oxford, and Javiie Mitchell, three-star outside linebacker from Leeds, are headed to T-town. Elston is recruited as a receiver. Mitchell, who plays on the defensive line, is recruited as a linebacker. Alabama has moved up Elston’s list in the past few months, but remain behind Clemson and LSU. Mitchell plans to announce his decision November 28 with Auburn harder on his trail at this point.
Jeremy Liggins, three-star quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., and Andrew Jelks, three-star offensive tackle from Paris-Henry County, Tenn., both have offers from Alabama and expected on campus this weekend. Jelks has Alabama as one of his top five schools along with Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and LSU. Tennessee has long been considered the favorite. Liggins favored Alabama a year ago, but recently LSU and Ole Miss have been reported as the favorites. He visited Alabama last weekend.
Arrivals include Earnest Robinson, National 100 wide receiver from Pinson Valley, Jeremy Johnson, quarterback from Montgomery-Carver, DeAndre Woods, wide receiver from Clay-Chalkville, Rod Crayton, defensive tackle from Dadeville, Ulric Jones, defensive end from Oxford, James Cox, wide receiver from Tuscaloosa-Northridge, and Cameron Toney, linebacker from Huntsville.
B.J. Hammond, wide receiver from Gadsden City, Jordan Huff, running back from Mobile-St. Paul’s, Zach Cunningham, linebacker from Pinson Valley, Josh Matthews, running back from Decatur and Jamie Major, linebacker from Piedmont.
James Ellison, defensive tackle from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., has offers from Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Shaquille Wiggins, cornerback from Tyrone-Sandy Creek, Ga., has a few BCS offers including Cincinnati, Michigan and Ohio State. Alabama has shown a lot of early interest.
Carlos Burse, wide receiver from Alpharetta, Ga., has offers from Florida, N.C. State, Tennessee, UCF and Virginia Tech. Isaac Rochell, four-star defensive end from McDonough-Eagles Landing, Ga., has an offer from Alabama and many more. This is Rochell's second visit to Tuscaloosa this fall.
Altee Tenpenny, National 100 running back from North Little Rock, Ark., has an offer from Alabama and Arkansas. He also has offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Tenpenny broke his ankle during a pre-season game. Another 2013 recruit who plans to visit is Walker Jones, linebacker from Cordova-Evangelical Christian School, Tenn. The 6-foot-2.5, 225-pound prospect is the youngest brother of Tide players Barrett and Harrison Jones.
The majority of Alabama's verbal pledges are expected in Tuscaloosa including Chris Black, National 100 wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., Dillon Lee, four-star middle linebacker from Buford, Ga., Reggie Ragland, five-star linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., Darius Philon, three-star defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Ala., Caleb Gulledge, three-star defensive end from Prattville, Ala., Dakota Ball, three-star defensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell, Ga., Adam Griffith, three-star kicker from Calhoun, Ga., Ryan Anderson, three-star defensive end from Daphne, Ala., Brandon Greene, four-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga., Casey Gladney, three-star wide receiver from Columbia, S.C., Eddie Williams, National 100 safety from Panama City-Arnold, Fla., and Justin Thomas, four-star wide receiver from Prattville, Ala.
Next year's class of pledges also plan to attend which includes Rueben Foster, five-star linebacker from LaGrange-Troup County, Ga., O.J. Howard, tight end from Prattville-Autauga Academy, Ala., and Bradley Bozeman, offensive tackle from Roanoke-Handley, Ala.
The state features several elite sophomore recruits who are visiting including Bo Scarborough, running back from Tuscaloosa-Nortridge, E.J. Moss, quarterback from Asheville, and Tre Williams, outside linebacker from Mobile-St. Paul's. All three are projected to receive offers from Alabama.
The sidelines prior to the game will have recruits stacked several players deep eager to catch a glimpse of their favorite Tide player or Razorback warming up before the game. The day will provide a big glimpse of what it is like to play football in the SEC. Two teams battling on a Saturday afternoon in front of more than 100,000 fans. Can't get much better than this.
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