Florence group checks out 'Bama

Keaton Anderson

Florence (Ala.) High has as many BCS-level prospects as any football program in the nation, and a handful of their players took in Tuscaloosa on Thursday.

Four Florence (Ala.) Tigers and three of its coaches traveled South to Tuscaloosa on Thursday to get a bit more familiar with the program at Alabama.

The day included a tour of the football facilities, Bryant-Denney Stadium and some time with Nick Saban and other members of the coaching staff.

"Everything was awesome," said class of 2015 linebacker Keaton Anderson, who picked up a verbal scholarship offer from the defending champs in May. "That was my first time to take a full visit aroudn the whole campus."

Anderson is the only player in the group already with an Alabama offer, but some of the others have interest from the Crimson Tide.

Fellow class of 2015 linebacker Darius Smith was was on the trip, and he's hearing from several within America's top conference, with the Tide now on the list. Another rising junior, running back Roland Adams, was also with the group. He's one to keep an eye on in what is a stacked running back class within the state as he competes for attention with Alabama commitment DeSherrius Flowers, Auburn pledge Kamryn Pettway, Nick Gibson, versatile speedster Traveon Samuel and perhaps the state's top overall prospect in Kerryon Johnson.

The only rising senior in the group was Walter Brady, who is beginning his career with Florence after transferring in from Memphis (Tenn.) Trezemont, where he registered nearly 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.

"It was great, the campus was beautiful," said the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Brady, who is currently committed to Middle Tennessee. "It being my first time, I would love to return to Tuscaloosa soon because I was blown away by the Roll Tide nation."

The 2014 talent, along with the group, received a team message from the coaching staff while in town.

"They said they were glad to have us on campus and hope we enjoyed ourselves," he added. "They all made sure we felt very good with the visit."

It's safe to say that Brady liked what he experienced. He couldn't isolate one part that stood out over the rest.

"The stadium, walking out onto the field, having fun with my teammates, the feeling was spine-tingling," he said. "Plus the players locker room and lounge were pretty impressive."

An eventual offer from Alabama could factor into Brady's recruitment.

"I would love to pick up my first SEC offer from Alabama, so I hope they will be impressed by my performance this upcoming season," he said.

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