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Daron Payne

Alabama hosted its linemen camp on Saturday, and the returns from those who participated are still coming in. Find out what some elite attendees had to say about their time in Tuscaloosa inside.

While offers went out to seven prospects at the Alabama football O-line/D-line camp on Saturday, other already established recruiting commodities also participated.

BamaMag.com caught up with a few from several different recruiting classes to provide a sense of what the camp atmosphere was like.

  • O.J. Smith | DT | Bossier (La.) Airline | Class of 2014

    The Alabama commitment made his first trek to campus since pledging to the defending champs less than a month ago.

    "Camp was great, I got seven sacks in a row," said Smith. "I didn't have a chance to talk to the coaches, but I brought some of my boys down, class of 2015 beasts Charlie Matthews and Keondre Dawson.

    "They'll be just like me, though I just started getting recognized like in February."

  • Daron Payne | DT | Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley | Class of 2015

    One of the top rising juniors in the state, Payne had a top-notch day by all accounts. It was no surprise that he had recently added several SEC offers, including one from Alabama.

    "I thought I did well," said Payne, who added that the coaches were recruiting him hard while in town. "I felt like I was dominating and only was stopped a couple of times.

    "I used the basics, beating them off the ball, club and rip (moves)."

  • Braxton Hoyett | DT | Pelham (Ala.) | Class of 2014

    An upperclassmen chasing a Tide offer, Hoyett felt he did enough to capture the attention of the staff.

    "The coaches got a good look at me, so I'm just going to be patient and see what happens from there," he said. "I was doing my best to keep their (offensive linemen) hands off of me.

    "Coach [Doug] Nussmeier said he's going to get more feedback from Coach [Chris] Rumph, the D-line coach. He said I had a good first session of practice."

    Hoyett already holds big offers from Mississippi State and Miami, and reports that Tennessee is very close to being the next school on board.

  • Tyler Jones | OT | Albertville (Ala.) | Class of 2014

    Jones has been transitioning to offensive line from the beginning of spring football, and Saturday provided as a good test of the three-star's skill.

    "I did pretty good, I got to go against a lot of good competition," said Jones. "I was just focused on being more physical with my punch."

  • Tyler Swindle | OT | Hayden (Ala.) | Class of 2014

    A Tuscaloosa regular, he looked to impress Mario Cristobal for the first time in person.

    "It was pretty good," admitted Swindle. "I threw a guy into Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Kirby] Smart. I also talked to Coach [Lance] Thompson when I got there.

    "But when I pushed the kid, Cristobal was like 'hell yeah! That looks good, real good Swindle.' He later told me 'good job today' and that they will start watching the film to see what's next."

  • Tyler Pritchett | OT | Calera (Ala.) | Class of 2016

    With an early offer in hand from Akron, the potentially elite rising sophomore camped for the first time at Alabama.

    "I got to meet coach Nussmeier and he said that he wanted us to visit," said Pritchett. "I did pretty good, I think I absorbed what the coaches were teaching."

  • Cason Cook | DE | Linden (Ala.) Marengo Academy | Class of 2016

    The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder gets mistaken for a rising senior more times than not, and when people realize his youth, solid interest usually follows - even at Alabama.

    "'Bama Camp was great!" said Cook over the weekend. "Won all my one-on-one's, made some connections, pulled to the side and introduced to a couple of assistant coaches. I'm pumped.

    "My group coaches introduced me to the coaching assistants and requested they put my name on a list and questioned my age and high school."

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