Six uncommitted recruits also visited
Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones

Posted Jan 18, 2004

Along with the 14 committed recruits, six athletes took official visits to Alabama this weekend that have not yet made up their minds. The group includes, Jeremy Jones, D.J. Hall, Johnathan Isbell, Keith Brown, Lavarus Giles and Steve Gandy.

(Above left) Jeremy Jones weighs 280 pounds and says tight end is his favorite position.

Definitely a "sleeper prospect" in the early months of recruiting, Jeremy Jones is now drawing attention from several major programs. He started out in basketball until his continued growth virtually demanded he give football a try. His senior season was cut short with an ACL injury, which scared off some schools. LSU and then Mississippi State probably lead, but Bama's coaches are hoping his visit to Tuscaloosa will swing him the Tide's way.

One of the top-rated receivers in Florida, D.J. Hall is giving Alabama a long look. Obviously the Tide's desperate need for receivers plays a factor. Many expect Hall to end up a Gator, but his on-campus visit to Alabama proves his interest.

One surprise name this weekend among the Tide visitors was Johnathan Isbell. A big (6-5, 240) tight end, Isbell played for Fort Payne with Tide commitments Aaron McDaniel and Marcus Carter. His family is mostly Auburn fans, but Isbell is considering walking on to join the Bama team.

Another "sleeper" prospect, Keith Brown has the athletic ability to warrant his recent attention. After starting out as a sprint champion in Mississippi, Brown took up football and has excelled. Tall, fleet receivers capable of holding onto the football are worth their weight in gold, and Brown could well end up a part of Bama's 2004 class.

Many fans just assume that Lavarus Giles is being recruited at tailback, but his size (he's all of 6-1) and speed (Giles also has state champion ribbons in sprint events) mean that Giles could project at any of several positions, including safety and receiver. Don't be surprised if Bama's coaches take his commitment and worry about where exactly he'll play later. Giles is that good of an athlete.

With Brooks Daniels departing a year early for the NFL, Bama fans just might get a worthy replacement in Steve Gandy. Like Daniels, Gandy is relatively slender. But he runs very well and is a physical player. Gandy could end up at either safety or outside linebacker in college.

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