Big weekend for visitors
D.J. Humphries
D.J. Humphries
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Numerous spring games are taking place across the country with high school prospects having to make an early choice of where to spend their Saturday afternoon. The University of Alabama is hosting several elite prospects and in hopes of landing a couple of new commitments.

The in-state talent heading to Tuscaloosa is well represented. Four in-state players, not including commitments, include Beniquez Brown, four-star outside linebacker from Florence, T.J. Yeldon, four-star running back from Daphne, Ryan Anderson, three-star defensive end from Daphne, and Tyler Nero, defensive tackle from Ardmore-Escambia County.

Brown and Anderson have the Tide high on their list, and Anderson might decide to pull the trigger this weekend. Yeldon and Nero also have Alabama high on their list.

Five-star Kwon Alexander, linebacker from Oxford, and National 100 defensive tackle Justin Shanks from Prattville, will not attend any spring games this weekend.

Other 2012 in-state prospects who have confirmed their weekend plans to Tuscaloosa include Kyron Samuels, center from Fairhope, JaMichael Winston, defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Darius Philon, defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Paul Kyles, tight end from Prichard-Vigor, Darrion Hutcherson, tight end from Dadeville, Marcus Turner, safety from McCalla-McAdory, Kelvin Lacey, cornerback from Wetumpka, and Beau Hankins, linebacker from Birmingham-Jackson-Olin.

The out-of-state group includes Chris Black, National 100 wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla. Black has Alabama listed as one of his top two schools along with Florida State.

Several other out-of-state prospects with offers who are visiting include highly-touted four-star quarterback Greyson Lambert from Jesup-Wayne County, Ga., D.J. Humphries, five-star offensive tackle from Charlotte-Mallard Creek, N.C., Jeremy Liggins, four-star quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., Nate Cole, four-star wide receiver from Memphis-Mitchell, Tenn., Deion Bonner, four-star safety from Columbus-Carver, Ga., Ricky Parks, four-star tight end from Hogansville-Calloway, Ga., Kurt Freitag, three-star tight end from Buford, Ga., Cyrus Jones, three-star running back from Baltimore-Gilman, Md., Dalvin Tomlinson, three-star defensive tackle from McDonough-Henry County, Ga.

Denico Autry, defensive end from Scooba-East Mississippi, is considered one of the top junior college players in the country. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect has Alabama very high on his list of favorites. Autry will graduate in December. Alabama has been very successful hauling in junior college players the past few years including Terrance Cody, Dequan Menzie, Jessie Williams and Quinton Dial.

Among the other out-of-state visitors include I'tavius Mathers, running back from Murfreesboro-Blackman, Tenn., Zac Brooks, three-star wide receiver from Jonesboro, Ark., Anfernee Stewart, athlete from Duluth, Ga., Brian Gaia, defensive tackle from Baltimore-Gilman, Md., and Issac Gross, defensive tackle from Batesville-South Panola, Miss.,

Alabama boasts one of the top recruiting classes in the country thus far, and the majority of commitments are planning more time together in Tuscaloosa this weekend including Eddie Williams, National 100 safety from Panama City Beach-Arnold, Fla., Dakota Ball, four-star defensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell, Ga., Justin Thomas, four-star wide receiver from Prattville, Ala., Brandon Greene, four-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga., Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker from Thomasville, Ala., Adam Griffith, kicker from Calhoun, Ga., and Justin Taylor, three-star running back from Atlanta-Washington, Ga.

An impressive group of underclassmen will visit including perhaps the best 2013 linebacker in the country Reuben Foster, from LaGrange-Troup County, Ga. Alabama sits very high on his list. Rod Crayton, defensive tackle from Dadeville, will have offers from schools across the country. Bradley Bozeman, offensive tackle from Roanoke-Handley, Ala., has received an offer from Auburn. E.J. Moss, quarterback in the class of 2014 from Asheville, Ala., will also visit.

The Tide also welcomes several of their 2011 signees including Brent Calloway, Xzavier Dickson, Malcolm Faciane, Danny Woodson, Jr., Marvin Shinn, Jabriel Washington, Christion Jones, Cyrus Kouandjio, Jeoffrey Pagan and Ryan Kelly.

This is not a complete list of visitors, but players we have comfirmed in the last couple of weeks. Plans change at the last minute for recruits with the possibility of some of them not making it to Tuscaloosa.


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