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My name is Eric. My love of and loyalty to the University of Alabama football team is unparalleled and completely inappropriate. I hate all other teams, and wish them peril. Also, you can hear my music at www.reverbnation.com/EricBlackerby or www.youtube.com/EricBlackerbyMusic

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recruiting Update

My last post about recruiting was in August when Geno Smith committed. Alot has happened since then. We got our hopes up about the top QB in the country, Jameis Winston. Winston is from Hueytown, AL, just up the interstate from Tuscaloosa and we all thought we would get him

Alas, he committed to FSU. But since then, he has visited Alabama and there is a little buzz that he could still end up playing for the Tide. We shall wait and see on that one.

As for the players who are going to be rolling with us for sure, there are many promising prospects that include a few big names in recruiting circles.

Since August we have had 8 commitments, starting with Darius Philon. Darius is a 3 star defensive end from the Mobile area, and it was especially sweet to get him since he had previously been committed to Auburn.

Amari Cooper is a 4 star WR from Miami. He turned down FSU, Miami, and Ohio State to play for Alabama.

Brandon Hill is a 3 star offensive guard from the state of Georgia, who had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, and others

Kurt Freitag is a 3 star TE from Georgia who turned down Georgia and Auburn to play for Bama. He's said to be an old school TE, who is a great blocker and a hard worker. Another Preston Dial, I suppose

Denzel Devall is a 4 star DE from Louisiana, who camped at LSU before ultimately picking Alabama. Since Saban has come to Bama, we have gotten a couple great recruits from that state each year and I always love it

T.J. Yeldon is one of the top 3 running backs in the country and was one of my favorite recruits throughout this process. He originally committed to AU, before switching to Bama. But the timing of it makes me like him even more. He switched his commitment at the last minute, the night before the dead period where AU coaches couldn't contact him until the second week of January. Since he is enrolling early at Bama, this next week in fact, it will be too late for AU to try to steer him back to the cow pasture. He is another in a continuing line of great backs that Saban is bringing to the Capstone. 

Travell Dixon is the top JUCO corner in the country. And of course he wants to play for the best developer of defensive backs in the country. Travell also endeared himself to me on the night he committed when he did a UStream chat that went on for about 2 hours, where he took questions from fans and just chatted and had a good time with us. He answered several of my questions and I will really be rooting for him to be a star

Alphonse Taylor is a 6'6" 340 pound giant of a lineman that was originally committed to FSU, before switching to Bama. 

With only a few weeks left until signing day, we are in it for several more top prospects. Right now, we are ranked as the 2nd best recruiting class in the country behind Texas. But if things end the way I think they will, we should be number 1

The top rated safety in the country, Landon Collins, is set to announce today whether he will play for Alabama or LSU, and it looks like it's gonna be Alabama.

I already talked about Jameis Winston. His switch to Alabama would be huge

Jordan Jenkins is one of the top five DE's in the country who we could end up getting. Channing Ward is another top 5 guy at the same position. 

Suffice it to say this: There are 7 or 8 guys who are yet to announce where they will play college football. ALL of those guys are 5 star guys, rated top 5 in the country at their positions, and we are expected to get at least a few of them

And the train keeps a rollin'

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