Underclassmen talk Tide

Underclassmen talk Tide

Alabama football recruiting has had a busy July, with 10 of its commitments participating at The Opening, a massive and final four-day camp last week and crucial visitors on campus ever since. During the camp, however, underclassmen stole the show and three of the head-turners spoke to BamaMag about their efforts.

Nick Saban has been a busy man this month. He's reeled in commitments in the classes of 2015 and 2016, seen double-digit commitments all but dominate The Opening in Oregon, host dozens of elites in multiple classes during last week's camp and he even fulfilled arguably his favorite obligation at SEC Media Days as well.

Alabama's head coach has become one of the best at balance, not sacrificing one of the aforementioned task's quality for any other.

So, yes, that means even the younger prospects he dealt with at the July 13-16 camp got the same attention they would have if nothing else went on. Perhaps the biggest class of 2016 talent on campus also happened to steal the show, per BamaMag sources, so the champion coach may have spent a lot of time with Shea Patterson even if he wasn't once planning on doing so.

"Camp was great," Patterson said. "I got to meet the coaches and take a look around the football facility. I had a lot of fun while at 'Bama."

The Arizona quarterback commitment out of Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist, an early Scout.com four-star and the No. 2 QB in his class, isolated the one moment he will remember most from his latest Tuscaloosa experience.

"Being able to talk to Coach Saban," he said. "He was just telling me why I should come to 'Bama, I definitely have a high interest in 'Bama."

Patterson has an offer from the Crimson Tide, along with many others, since making his initial commitment to the Wildcats.

A pair of Coconut Creek, Florida residents already reside on Alabama's class of 2015 commitment list, and UA offered two wide receivers from the Broward County city during the week. Class of 2016 four-star Binjimen Victor (pictured above) and class of 2017 standout Jerry Jeudy learned of their good news.

It's safe to say the offer means plenty to each.

"It's great, I'm excited!" Victor said. "My coach gave me the news. I had a nice day, week and did everything (wide receivers) Coach [Billy] Napier asked for and had a good day. He told me I had a good day, too.

"They mean a lot to me now that I'm being recruited by them, because I like Alabama. They're a team I would consider. Nick Saban is a great speaker and the campus is nice. I've only been there once."


Will Jeudy join his teammates?

The campus and the camp, itself, stood out to the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder.

"Because it just feels like home like and the camp is where I learned and improved."

As for Jeudy, who attends Monarch High School along with senior commitments Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker, the Crimson Tide hasn't been a secret for some time.

"I'm very excited about it," he said of the extension. "Because it's Alabama and I will have a chance to play on the best team in college football.

"Billy Napier, the wide receiver coach, said I could get in and out of my break fast and that I'm smooth off of the line."

Napier has become familiar with the rising-sophomore star -- already 6-foot-1, 165 pounds and about the same size as Ridley, a five-star -- and Alabama has a pair of ins when it comes to courting him should the senior duo ink with the program in February.

In fact, the recruiting from Ridley and Burgess-Becker is already underway.

"They had been trying before I even got the offer," Jeudy said, laughing.

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