Uncommitted athletes trip to T-Town

LeRon McClain, FB/LB

Along with the eight committed prospects, eight other targeted athletes took their official visits to Alabama this past weekend. <br><br>Several indicated they'd like to get the recruiting process over with as quickly as possible.

LeRon McClain (above) FB/LB, 6-0, 242, Tuscaloosa County HS, Northport, AL
Rated one of the two or three best fullback prospects in the country, McClain spent part of Saturday watching film with Coach Price to see where he would fit in the Alabama offense. Hosted by Shaud Williams, McClain said he was having a "very good time," and that he might make a move Sunday morning. If he does commit to Alabama, then he's finished taking official visits.

Daniel Brooks LB, 6-3, 230, Jackson Central-Merry HS, Jackson, TN
At the very top of Bama's recruiting board for months now, the stellar linebacking prospect has kept the Tide at the top of his list, despite intense pressure from within his home state to commit to UT. "It's down to Alabama and Tennessee," Brooks said. "Both are excellent schools with very good facilities. I'm really torn right now." Brooks acknowledged that he would like to meet Alabama's new linebacker coach before making his decision. Brooks was hosted by Tide starting Rover Brooks Daniels. The two have become good friends during the recruiting process.


Mitchell Thomas LB, 6-2, 215, Smiths HS, Smiths, AL
Thomas would need to bulk up some before being effective on the college level, but his frame and speed make him an excellent prospect at linebacker. Thomas was originally leaning strongly to Alabama, but following the staff change Notre Dame made inroads with him. He said that he'd like to get the decision over with as quickly as possible and he does not want to wait until Signing Day.


Michael Hill DL, 6-3, 275, Smiths HS, Smiths, AL
A high school teammate of Thomas, Hill was at one time committed to the Tide before taking back his pledge following the coaching change. Along with Dominic Lee, he is rated a top prospect at defensive tackle. It wouldn't surprise anyone if Hill and Thomas end up signing with the same school.


Tyrone Prothro Ath, 5-10, 175, Cleburne County HS, Heflin, AL
Described by many as a "David Palmer type player," Prothro is small but powerful with excellent quickness in the open field. He is expected to choose between Alabama and Auburn, though it's possible he'll begin at the junior college level.


Demarcus Waldrop SS/LB, 6-0, 195, Pinson Valley HS, Pinson, AL
Slightly undersized for linebacker, Waldrop was very productive on the field in high school and could project at safety on the college level. He has liked the Tide throughout the recruiting process, and it's believed he would commit if he receives a firm offer.


Terrance Jones LB/SS, 6-0, 199, Tuscaloosa County HS, Northport, AL
A teammate of LaRon McClain's, Jones has hung in with Alabama throughout the recruiting process. Like Waldrop, he's a tad short for linebacker, and it's uncertain how he'd project at safety. Heading into this weekend, he had not received a firm scholarship offer.


Ryan Scott WR, 6-4, 190, Jackson-Central Merry HS, Jackson, TN
Tall and fast. Scott is the prototypcial wide receiver in the modern game. A teammate of Daniel Brooks, he was invited to visit Alabama by the new staff as part of their search for quaility receivers. He has already taken an official visit to Tennessee State and expects to trip to Memphis as well. Scott wears an "S for Superman" T-shirt under his basketball uniform, alluding to his ability to jump out of the house. "I think he's got springs in his shoes," Scott's mother said laughing. She went on to relate that Scott's nickname was "Mr. Smooth."


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