Big Weekend in the State of Alabama

Luther Davis

It's another big weekend in the state of Alabama as several prospects will take official visits the two SEC programs. The Crimson Tide will host more uncommitted prospects than the Tigers, but both schools have the opportunity to secure commitments before the prospects depart Sunday afternoon. Scout.com takes a closer look at the visitors for Alabama and Auburn.

The biggest name visiting between the two schools is Scout.com five-star defensive tackle John Brown from Lakeland, (Fla.). Brown arrives in Tuscaloosa Friday afternoon and is one of the nation's premier defenders. He has noted a decision between Alabama and Florida is expected in the coming days.

U.S. Army All-American Sidell Corley, from Mobile-McGill-Toolen, (Ala.) is expected in Tuscaloosa. This Scout.com four-star defensive end is a Florida commitment, and the Gators get the last visit.

Scout.com four-star wide receiver Brandon Gibson, from Mobile-UMS-Wright, (Ala.), has considered Alabama his overall favorite since the beginning of his recruitment. Many expect Gibson to make a decision this weekend, but after last week's visit to Auburn he may wait until closer to signing day.

U.S. Army All-American quarterback Nick Fanuzzi, from San Antonio-Churchill, (Texas) is a recent surprise guest for Alabama. Fanuzzi, a Miami soft verbal pledge, has a good relationship with new Alabama quarterback coach Major Applewhite.


Nick Fanuzzi

Alabama hopes to keep Scout.com four-star quarterback Robert Marve in the class of 2007, but new Tide head coach Nick Saban has already established the phrase, "You shop, we shop." Marve was in Tuscaloosa last weekend, but plans to take a visit to Miami and possibility Hawaii before a final decision.

Scout.com three-star receiver Marquis Maze, from Tarrant, (Ala.), originally committed to Michigan, but re-opened his recruitment. He now lists his favorites as Alabama, Miami, and Tennessee. All three schools have offered.


Elliott McGaskin

Two commitments expected in Tuscaloosa are Scout.com three-star safety Elliott McGaskin, from Mobile-B.C. Rain, (Ala.), and three-star cornerback Sherod Murdock from Tampa-Middleton, (Fla.). McGaskin has accepted a grayshirt offer from Alabama, but considered a soft verbal as he takes other visits. Murdock has visited Kansas and Pittsburgh this month and considered a soft verbal as well.

Jared Cooper, from Brewton-W.S. Neal, (Ala.), has a very fluid situation at present. He accepted a grayshirt offer from Auburn last weekend, but coach Nick Saban visited the life-long Alabama fan this week to offer a full scholarship. Cooper is expected to visit Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Auburn has a full star-studded cast arriving on the Plains this weekend as well.


Ryan Pugh

The group is highlighted by U.S. Army All-American Ryan Pugh from Hoover, (Ala.). The Scout.com four-star center has been a solid commitment to the Tigers for several months and has never waivered on his pledge.

Pugh's teammate, Josh Chapman, will join him in Auburn as well. The Scout.com three-star defensive tackle was the leader on the Bucs' talented defense. He has continued to receive interest from Alabama and Ole Miss since his commitment to Auburn. He does not plan to visit any other schools.

Scout.com three-star defensive end Jay Howard from Orlando-Jones, (Fla.), is a soft verbal to the Florida Gators. Howard is considering all of his options before making a final decision.


D.J. Stafford

Scout.com three-star defensive end D.J. Stafford, from LaGrange, (Ga.), gave his verbal pledge to the Kentucky Wildcats. Stafford remains high on the Auburn Tigers and a strong push may see him switch his commitment. Stafford is also considering the University of Georgia.

One of the most underrated players arriving on the Plains is standout receiver Ralph Spry Jr. Spry had a sensational senior season at Auburn High School with over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. His father, Ralph Spry Sr. is the track coach at Auburn. Spry has not been offered a scholarship by the Tigers, but hopefully that will change this weekend.

St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, (Fla.) has a reputation of producing great offensive lineman and Jermaine Johnson arrives holding scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Central Florida. Johnson's teammate, Wes Byrum, is an Auburn commitment.

This is not an official list of prospects visiting the two SEC schools in Alabama, and the list is changing daily.

Visit BamaMag.com for the updated lists of official visitors in Tuscaloosa and complete reports following their visits as well as complete coverage on autigers.com for the visitors in Auburn.

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