01 February 2010
To help prepare you for Wednesday, here is a primer for the day.
Here are the basic rules:
- Wednesday, February 3 is the first day that High School and Prep School players can sign their binding letter of intent to the college of their choice. All commitments made prior to signing have been verbal and non-binding. Junior College players can sign their letters of intent in December.
- The NCAA has set a limit of 25 on incoming scholarship players for any one calendar year.
- There is no NCAA limit to the number of players you can sign. Obviously, if you sign more than 25, then something has to give.
- The SEC does have a rule in place that restricts you from signing more than 28 players on, or after National Signing Day. Players who have signed their letter of intent prior to NSD do not count towards this limit. The SEC has not stated what the enforcement of this rule will be.
That last point is the interesting one, with several SEC schools (including Bama) skating close to the conference’s self imposed limit of 28. I’m guessing that some school will push past the 28 and test the new rule, just to see what happens.
With that aside, here is where Bama stands:
- Bama has eleven guys already on campus that will be new players for the football team in 2010. These players are attending classes and participating in off season workouts. They will all be eligible to participate in spring practice.
- Brandon Lewis is a junior college transfer, and has already signed his letter of intent. He will count towards the NCAA limit of 25, but not towards the SEC limit of 28.
- Darius McKeller, Anthony Orr, and Petey Smith were members of the 2009 signing class that deferred their enrollment until January. They will not re-sign, and will therefore not count towards the SEC limit of 28. Because
had three open spaces in their 2009 class, all three guys will back-count towards that class, so they will also not count towards the NCAA limit of 25. Alabama
- Cade Foster, Jalston Fowler, John Fulton, Chad Lindsay, DeMarcus Milliner, Austin Shepherd, and Phillip Sims will all sign their letters of intent on Wednesday and will count towards both the NCAA limit of 25 and the SEC limit of 28.
So that means that Bama has room to sign 20 more players under the SEC limit of 28. If they sign all 28, that means that they will be three over the NCAA limit of 25. They don’t have to work that number out until fall practice starts in August, so it’s not much of a concern at this point. If you are wondering how that might work out, here are the most likely options:
- Players have to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. If they don’t, they can enroll in Prep School or Junior College – depending on their exact academic status.
- Players can choose to defer their enrollment until January of 2011. If they do this, and Bama does bring in a full class of 25, all players who deferred would then have to count towards the 2011 limit of 25, but not the limit of 28.
Some players will choose to defer enrollment based on an injury – which was the case with McKeller this past season. And some will simply agree to wait based on the numbers situation – which was the case with Smith in 2009. Fortunately for Bama, the numbers worked out in such a way that both of these guys (along with Orr) will be able to count towards that class anyway. Guys who defer enrollment do not have their “eligibility clock” start until the fall of their first fully enrolled semester. So, in the case of McKeller, Orr, and Smith, they will be true freshmen in 2010, and will have a redshirt available to them.
So who are Bama’s commitments? Up first we’ll take a look at the guys already on campus.
Brandon Lewis – DL – 6-3 – 275
Rivals.com - 4-star and the #48 player in the Junior College ranks.
Scout.com - 3-star.
ESPNU - no grade for him.
At 275 lbs., he is more likely to play DE than NG for Bama. Obviously he has time to add weight, but would need to add close to 30 lbs. to be ideal weight for the nose guard position. While his credentials might not jump off of the page, it is important to note that
Lewis is a bit of a special circumstance guy, since he was a previous signee with the Tide. But I have a hard time believing that Nick Saban would use a scholarship on him if he didn’t think that he was capable of contributing. Bama has depth on the defensive line, so playing time is no guarantee. Him participating in spring drills will give him a considerable advantage towards playing time, though.
Darius McKeller – OL – 6-6 – 280
He signed with Bama in 2009 out of
While he was not re-graded by the recruiting services, their 2009 rankings were:
Rivals.com – 3 star, #58 offensive tackle
Scout.com – 3 star, #43 offensive tackle
ESPNU – 79 grade, #29 offensive tackle
Bama is deep at the tackle position, so a redshirt will be likely. That will be an almost certainty if misses spring practice due to his injury. With his height, he projects to be a tackle at the college level, and my guess is that he will go into the mix at the right tackle spot for the Tide.
Anthony Orr – DL – 6-4 – 260
He signed with the Tide in 2009 out of
His recruiting grades in 2009:
Rivals.com – 3-star, #23 strongside defensive end
Scout.com – 3-star, #28 defensive tackle
ESPNU – 76 grade, #82 defensive end
His conditioning will ultimately determine whether he’s able to participate in the fall or redshirt. The Tide loses its top two defensive ends, and a third contributor (
Petey Smith – LB – 6-0 – 230
He signed with the Tide in 2009 out of
His recruiting grades for 2009:
Rivals.com – 3-star, #32 inside linebacker
Scout.com – 3-star, #19 inside linebacker
ESPNU – 81 grade, #5 inside linebacker & #142 overall player
Obviously the ESPN folks thought more highly of him than the other two services, ranking him in their prestigious ESPN-U 150. It was a shocker when it was announced that he would be deferring, as some folks had him pegged to compete at one of the middle linebacker spots.
With Rolando McClain gone and Dont’a Hightower out for spring practice there will be significant reps available at the two middle linebacker spots. My guess is that Petey winds up at the mike spot, where his ability to stuff the run is used as an advantage.
The next seven guys will all sign letters of intent on Wednesday. Their letters should be among the first few that come in, as they simply have to sign paperwork in the
Cade Foster – K – 6-1 – 215 –
Rivals.com – 3-star, #10 kicker
Scout.com – 4-star, #3 kicker
ESPNU – 76 grade, #12 kicker
ESPN-U had this to say about him – “Foster is the best overall kicking athlete in the nation. He is a very explosive, strong and mature athlete.”
That line probably comes from the fact that he also starts at middle linebacker for one of the best high school programs in
If you watch his videos on-line, you’ll see a lot of kickoffs flying out of the back of the end zone. Hopefully you will also notice that he is kicking off from the 40-yard line, and not the 30. Expectations for this guy are ridiculous at the moment, with some Bama fans believing that every kickoff he attempts will sail into the stands. Don’t count on that.
The fact that he has as strong of a leg as he does coming out of high school is a good sign. The fact that he is also a good athlete is also a very good sign. The fact that he has been working with former NFL kicker Chris Boniol is also a good sign. He still has to adjust to kicking off of the ground for his place kicks, which is an adjustment that most high school kickers have to make.
The fact that he’s here for the spring should benefit him greatly in that endeavor, as he’ll now have a full set of college practices to work on the differences in the kicking game. Make no mistake about it, though, this kid was brought in to kick in 2010, even if it is only on kickoffs. He’ll have competition for the place kicking job, but could easily be the full-time kicker in 2010. Don’t expect him to be Sebastian Janikowski, but he does have a really good leg.
Jalston Fowler – RB – 6-0 – 240 –
An interesting case, Fowler is did not play high school football in 2009. Due to being held back early in his school career, Fowler was six days too old to play football in the state of
Rivals.com – 4-star, #3 fullback
Scout.com – 4-star, no ranking due to not playing
ESPNU – 3-star, 77 grade, no ranking due to not playing
Don’t let the Rivals position ranking or his weight fool you, this guy is a running back. He blew the Bama coaches away with his athleticism and the quickness of his feet when he came to camps last summer. He isn’t the standard size for a college running back, but could be perfect for the fourth quarter when Nick Saban likes to pound on a defense.
Bama has two stars returning at the running back position, but a bunch of unknowns and question marks returning behind them. I know that Eddie Lacy is supposed to be the next best thing, but until he takes a snap in a game, he is still an unknown. With that being the case, Fowler will certainly have his opportunity to make a place in the rotation. If he is unable, he could also move to fullback, or even possibly linebacker. I expect him to stay at running back, though.
John Fulton – CB – 6-1 – 180 - Manning, SC –
Rivals.com – 4-star, #5 corner & #58 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #6 corner & #69 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 83 grade, #4 corner, #36 overall player
With Bama losing every cornerback with meaningful snaps the position is absolutely wide open. And this guy is absolutely expected to compete for playing time. ESPN-U says –
That sounds like a Nick Saban corner to me. Now he has to work on getting stronger and learning the exact schemes at
Rivals.com – 3-star, #30 guard
Scout.com – 3-star, #13 guard
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #1 guard & #74 overall player
Obviously there is some discrepancy with the services, with ESPN loving him. The Rivals and Scout guys are a little concerned with some “bad weight” that he showed at some of the combines. The 4th Quarter Program should eliminate that pretty easily.
There is a guard spot open, but there is also a lot of competition for it. I expect we might see Lindsay take a similar path to 2009 early enrollee Chance Warmack, who impressed throughout the spring and summer, and played as a backup during the season.
ESPN says – “Exceptional when on the move and in space. A ferocious puller and trapper; comes out of his stance with proper footwork and fundamentals.”
That’s exactly how Bama loves to use its guards, and even its center. If he can factor in to the guard rotation this season, that’s where his future will likely be. If not, don’t be surprised at all to see him move to center.
DeMarcus Milliner – CB – 6-2 – 180 –
Rivals.com – 5-star, #2 corner & #23 overall player
Scout.com – 5-star, #1 corner & #16 overall player
ESPNU – 5-star, 84 grade, #1 corner & #16 overall player
The only question at this point is whether or not he’ll end up at corner or safety. Given Bama’s needs at the corner position, it seems almost certain that he’ll start his career at the corner spot, though his size could dictate a move to safety. He is one of the nation’s elite athletes and is universally praised for his upside potential.
He is probably the best athlete among the guys already enrolled, shows blistering speed and great hands. At this point
Even if he doesn’t factor into the corner position in 2010, expect to at least see him on special teams. The fact he played mostly at the safety position in high school could be nullified by his participation in spring practice. Expect to hear his name a lot in the spring and summer.
Austin Shepherd – OL – 6-5 – 315 –
Rivals.com – 3-star, #20 guard
Scout.com – 3-star, #25 guard
ESPNU – 3-star, 77 grade, #46 tackle
His height would certainly give him the option of playing tackle, but his athleticism makes him a prime target for guard. That versatility is likely what attracted Joe Pendry to him in the first place, as the Bama OL coach likes guys who are capable of projecting at multiple spots.
Like all offensive linemen, a redshirt is likely. That’s simply the nature of the beast at that position, where 5-star guys like Tyler Love and DJ Fluker have redshirted in recent years. Participation in the 4th Quarter Program will be the biggest thing for him, as he has a chance to demonstrate whether or not he has the early strength to go with his solid technique.
Look for him to possibly get a first look at tackle, where Bama is the most thin, before ultimately settling at guard in the fall.
Phillip Sims – QB – 6-2 – 209 –
EDITOR’S NOTE – PLEASE learn to spell his name correctly. I know that I have ranted on this a lot in recent days, but it is still frequently spelled wrong on internet message boards. Phillip Simms (two Ms) played for the
Rivals.com – 4-star, #2 quarterback & #67 overall player
Scout.com – 5-star, #2 quarterback & #23 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 83 grade, #1 quarterback & #32 overall player
This is the type of elite quarterback that
The best news is that Sims is walking into a situation where he isn’t needed to be ready to play. Bama returns Greg McElroy, who just went 14-0, along with both of his backup quarterbacks from last year. The fact that Sims is here and ready to participate in the spring is the only reason why he has even a chance to compete for the backup spot.
And he has that realistic chance. Freshman quarterbacks don’t often earn backup spots, but A.J. McCarron had earned that spot by week 7 in 2009. The fact that Sims will get to compete in the spring gives him an advantage that McCarron did not. Of course, McCarron now has a full season in the system, and that likely keeps him ahead – for now.
The battle that McCarron and Sims will have in the spring of 2011 for the newly vacated quarterback spot will be the best at
The remaining guys who will sign on Wednesday are either verbally committed, or have yet to announce their decision. The Tide currently has 18 such guys committed, and they are:
Deion Belue – DB – 6-0 – 175 -
Rivals.com – 3-star - #82 corner
Scout.com – 3-star - #21 corner
ESPNU – 3-star, 78 grade, #39 corner
The reason for the low grade on Rivals could be the fact that he apparently has some work to do academically, and the folks there tend to take that into consideration with their evaluations.
The place where he could make the biggest impact is on special teams, where he was an amazing kick returner at the high school level. He had 9 kicks/punts returned for a touchdown in his senior season alone.
With Bama looking to replace almost the entire secondary and its primary return guy, getting him on campus soon would be a big deal.
Ronald Carswell – WR – 6-0 – 180 -
Rivals.com – 3-star, #71 receiver
Scout.com – 4-star, #38 receiver
ESPNU – 3-star, 78 grade, #65 receiver
The rankings here are all over the place, and there seems to be no reason other than different people seeing different things. He’s got solid speed and projects well down the road.
He’s not flashy, but at this point appears to have solid technique. That’s sadly pretty rare coming out of high school, but could lead to earlier playing time than some more highly thought of athletes. Robby Green demonstrated what coming to camp with proper technique can do for you.
The biggest area of development at this point looks to be in strength and conditioning. That shouldn’t be a problem once he’s around Coach Cochran.
Corey Grant – ATH – 5-10 – 186 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #5 all-purpose back & #180 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #23 running back & #265 overall player
ESPNU – 3-star, 79 grade, #23 running back
It looks like his future at
It wouldn’t surprise me to see him used in a variety of roles, with Bama taking every opportunity to get him the ball in space. That’s a phrase heard a lot in football, and if you’re wonder what it means, look at how
Alfy Hill – DE – 6-4 – 222 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #8 strongside end & #70 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #26 end & #185 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #6 strongside end & #61 overall player
Forget the label of defensive end… this kid is coming to
How quickly he does that will determine whether or not he takes a redshirt, but considering how strongly the staff went after him, he looks to have been the top target at this position.
Bama hasn’t gone to
Adrian Hubbard – 6-7 – 227 - DE –
Rivals.com – 4-star - #8 strongside end & #189 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star - #20 end & #157 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 82 grade, #5 strongside end & #54 overall player
He blossomed on the recruiting trail late due to having not played football as a junior. He had given the sport up to concentrate on basketball, but was convinced by his coaches that he had a college future on the gridiron. Bama quickly evaluated, and was one of his first major offers.
He certainly has the frame to grow into an athletic defensive end, but could also stay slightly slimmer and play the jack linebacker spot. How much weight, and how quickly he gains it, will likely determine not only how quickly he plays, but where he ends up.
Norcross has been good to Bama in several sports over the last few years, and the Tide continues to get solid athletes from the
Brandon Ivory – DT – 6-3 – 330 -
Rivals.com – 3-star, #73 defensive tackle
Scout.com – 3-star, no ranking
ESPNU – 3-star, 77 grade, no ranking
Word out of
It’s unclear how highly he would have been rated had the services had the opportunity to truly evaluate him, but after he jumped onto the radar late, the Bama coaches grabbed him in a hurry. He’s got talented guys in front of him, but there is no question that his size has the coaches thinking of the next Terrence Cody.
With Josh Chapman and Kerry Murphy entrenched ahead of him, don’t be surprised to see him redshirt. Don’t expect to see him slim down to 300 lbs., either. Like Cody he is athletic and has great feet. If a kid can carry that much weight and do so without sacrificing quickness, you’ve got a true nose guard.
Harrison Jones – TE – 6-4 – 230 -
Rivals.com – 3-star, #19 tight end
Scout.com – 3-star, #24 tight end
ESPNU – 4-star, 80 grade, #9 tight end
He is the brother of starting right guard Barrett Jones and the son of former Bama basketball player Rex Jones. He committed to Bama early, and never appeared to waiver on his commitment.
He projects into the H-Back tight spot that was manned by Preston Dial and Brad Smelley in 2009. He’s got good quickness and athleticism, and has the frame to put on weight. ESPN grades him high based on technique and readiness to play.
Bama is deep at the tight end spot, but really only has two guys at the H-Back spot. If Preston Dial moves over to the Y-Tight End spot, he could slip into early playing time. A redshirt is likely, given the overall depth at the position, but Smelley demonstrated in 2008 that if he can contribute in the passing attack, he will play.
Wilson Love – DE – 6-4 – 235 -
Rivals.com – 3-star, #42 strongside end
Scout.com – 3-star, #62 end
ESPNU – 3-star, 79 grade, #34 strongside end
He is the brother of current backup tackle Tyler Love. The question on the elder love has always been a matter of toughness – or more specifically meanness. That’s not an issue here, as most folks list
He broke his fibula in
There is some talk that he could play tight end, or possibly even add weight and play guard, but end looks like his most likely spot. Either way, if he’s on the team in 2010, expect a redshirt – which is what you want for most linemen.
Keiwone Malone – WR – 6-1 – 165 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #32 receiver & #229 overall player
Scout.com – 3-star, #67 receiver
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #13 receiver & #89 overall player
He was Bama’s first commitment of the 2010 class, and as such, has been a forgotten man for a lot of fans. But he had an amazingly prolific high school career in the
His grade from ESPN is the 5th highest of any guy in this recruiting class. The only issue at this point is strength, which at 165 lbs should be no problem. Like Kenny Bell in 2008, his speed makes him a threat to get on the field quickly. How much weight he can put on before August 1 will likely determine whether he plays or redshirts.
Dequan Menzie – CB – 5-11 – 200 –
Rivals.com – 4-star, #1 Junior College corner & #14 Junior College player overall
Scout.com – 4-star, #1 Junior College corner & #9 Junior College player overall
ESPNU – 4-star, no grade available
Menzie was the last pre-signing day commitment for the Tide, making his pledge official on this past Sunday night. If you’ll refer back up to the Brandon Lewis section, you’ll see that I talked about Nick Saban only signing Junior College guys when he thinks that they can contribute immediately. Lewis being a re-sign from his high school days means that he might an exception… Menzie is not an exception.
If he were on campus now participating in spring practice I would guess that he would likely be one of Bama’s starting corners in the fall. With him not coming in until the summer, that path will be a little more difficult. But he has more game experience above the high school level than any other player competing for time at corner. That speaks more loudly about Bama’s lack of experience at corner than it does anything else, but it does tell me that Menzie should be physically ready to contribute.
With all defensive backs under Nick Saban, though, the mental aspect will be the key. If he grasps the defensive schemes quickly then you can expect to see him at the very least as the third corner. If he struggles to grasp things quickly, then he’ll likely contribute on special teams. The fact that Nick Saban offered him a scholarship as a summer enrolling Junior College guy tells me that the Coach thinks he can grasp things mentally.
C.J. Mosley – LB – 6-2 – 212 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #6 outside linebacker & #56 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #15 outside linebacker & #183 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #7 outside linebacker & #99 overall player
Bama is absolutely loaded at linebacker, so making the field as a true freshman will be extremely difficult. Remember that Bama redshirted a 2009 top 100 player in Tana Patrick this past off season. He might redshirt, but that will be much more about the guys in front of him.
Nick Perry – S – 6-2 – 195 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #25 safety
Scout.com – 4-star, #17 safety
ESPNU – 3-star, 79 grade, #27 safety
There is playing time available at the safety position, but it’s unlikely that a freshman will simply walk in an get that time in Nick Saban and Kirby Smart’s system. Rod Woodson demonstrated in 2009 that special teams is the quickest route to the field while you learn the system, and Perry’s size makes him a candidate for that.
Blake Sims – ATH – 6-0 – 180 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #33 athlete
Scout.com – 4-star, #42 receiver
ESPNU – 3-star, 78 grade, #63 athlete
The two issues that seem to be dragging down his evaluation are grades and indecisiveness as to what position he’ll actually play. If you haven’t had a chance to watch his highlights, head on over to the recruiting site of your choice (or YouTube) and take a look. While he could end up playing defense, this kid is simply electric with the ball in his hands.
He’s played quarterback his entire career in high school, and initially it’s where he indicated that he would start his college career – even at
He de-committed from Bama the day after the BCS Championship Game after spending seven hours with Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron. He re-committed the following Saturday after a fifteen minute conversation with Nick Saban. If his grades are in order, expect him to find a way onto the field in 2010.
Also, please note that there is only one ‘m’ in his last name.
Brian Vogler – TE – 6-7 – 248 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #9 tight end & #213 overall player
Scout.com – 3-star, #13 tight end
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #7 tight end & #132 overall player
With Colin Peek in 2009 Bama fans were reminded of just what a weapon the tight end can be. With his size and wingspan this kid is absolute horror of a match up for a linebacker or a safety, which makes him a quarterback’s dream.
Bama is deep at the tight end position, but only Michael Williams carries a similar skill-set. How much more weight he puts on and how quickly he demonstrates the ability to block consistently will determine whether he sees the field in 2010.
He hinted at one time that he might also attempt to play basketball at
DeAndrew White – WR – 6-0 – 170 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #7 receiver & #73 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #13 receiver & #73 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 80 grade, #26 receiver
He was the
What this means is that this kid is not only fast, but he’s a hell of an athlete. He will likely run track for Harvey Glance at
The fact that Bama is bringing in two players with the speed of White and Corey Grant in the same recruiting class is ridiculous. These two guys will immediately become the fastest two guys on the team. The key for both will be translating that into football speed.
White is a solid receiver, who needs to add a little bulk before he hits the football field. My guess is that he won’t add much weight during the spring because he’ll continue to keep slim for track. That might hurt him when it comes to playing time in 2010, but when a kid is this fast, you never know.
Jarrick Williams – S – 6-2 – 210 -
Rivals.com – 4-star, #5 safety & #83 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #8 safety & #97 overall player
ESPNU – 4-star, 79 grade, #15 safety
The question at this point with Williams is whether he’ll stay at safety or move to outside linebacker. He’s similar in size to both Mark Barron and Justin Woodall, so it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him stay in the defensive backfield. But there are reports that indicate that he might actually be closer to 230 at this point. If that’s the case, then he’ll likely move to linebacker.
If he stays at safety, he’ll be in the mix quickly. Bama is looking to replace both a starting safety and the starter in the dime’s “star” position. The fact that he is somewhere between a safety and a linebacker makes him seem a natural fit for the star slot, so he could compete for time there. If he makes the move to linebacker, expect him to redshirt to learn the position.
Jay Williams – P – 6-4 – 220 -
Rivals.com – 2-star, #19 kicker
Scout.com – 3-star, #6 punter
ESPNU – 3-star, #9 kicker
The problem for the Tide is that there aren’t many candidates at this point. Word out of
Regardless of how it shakes out, Bama will have a new punter in 2010. It’s doubtful that the coaching staff would have used a scholarship on Williams if they didn’t expect him to be the guy this fall.
Arie Kouandjio – OL – 6-6 – 314 –
Rivals.com – 4-star, #15 tackle, #117 overall player
Scout.com – 4-star, #29 tackle
ESPNU – 3-star, 79 grade, #14 guard
If you're checking in on this post for the second time, then you'll likely notice that he has moved from the uncommitted list to the comitted list. Kouandjio is big and athletic, and projects at either guard or tackle. That's big for Joe Pendry, who likes his linemen to be versatile. This kid has the physical and mental makeup to compete for a spot in the rotation early. It'll be better for Bama if he can redshirt, and the depth that Bama has on the offensive line will make that a strong possibility.
As an added bonus, Arie has a "little" brother that will be one of the nation's elite prospects in 2011. Cyrus Kouandjio is 6-7 and 322 lbs. as a junior, and should be the top offensive tackle in the nation. There is no guarantee that Cyrus will follow his brother to Tuscaloosa, but you have to think that it certainly gives Bama a better chance.
The guys who have not committed to
Shon Coleman – OL – 6-7 – 285 - Olive Branch, MS – Olive Branch
Rivals.com – 5-star, #3 tackle, #22 player overall
Scout.com – 4-star, #7 tackle, #72 player overall
ESPNU – 3-star, 78 grade, #31 tackle
He is currently committed to
He has will announce at a school assembly at 9:00 a.m.
James Stone – OL – 6-5 – 297 –
Rivals.com – 4-star, #7 tackle
Scout.com – 3-star, #32 tackle
ESPNU – 4-star, 81 grade, #9 tackle & #100 player overall
It looked for quite a while as though Bama was a lock to get Stone’s signature. His two favorites early in the process were
After a recent meeting with new
He is expected to announce at his high school at a press conference. It is thought that ESPNU will cover his announcement.
At this point it appears that Alabama is no longer in it for Keenan Allen. At the time of the original posting of this article Allen was still committed to the Tide, though it was considered to be a soft commitment. Apparently he has since decommitted to Alabama and will choose between Clemson, California, and Penn State. Allen was the #5 prospect in America according to the folks at Rivals.com, so his loss is a big one. However, having said that, Bama is still poised for a top five recruiting class, and his spot could potentially go to one of the three offensive linemen that might have been squeezed out of a numbers crunch. It could also go to someone that isn't on the radar yet.
The rumblings of Kenny Bell switching to Bama in 2009 didn’t start until Tuesday night, so things can still happen. Some of the names that have been thrown around recently include Christian Jones, Brandon Jackson, and Calvin Smith. If any of these look like they might become 2010’s surprise, we’ll let you know in our recruiting chat.
It looks as though the big announcement times will be 9:00 for Coleman, and for James Stone. We will update you on Kouandjio's press conference once it is set.
Feel free to make a stack of questions to have at the ready for the chat. I know that Ell and I both plan to be here all day, and we look forward to chatting with you. As a reminder, we expect to be up and going at around 8:00 a.m. central time on Wednesday morning.
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