left to right :Anthony Averett, Darius Paige, Reuben Foster, Alvin Kamara, Bradley Bozeman, Montravious Adams, Vonn Bell, A'shawn Robinson, Eddie Jackson, Jason Carr, Walker Jones - via sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.netJonathan Allen (OLB 6-3, 260, Ashburn, VA) commit
The 11th ranked prospect in the nation (247sports.com) enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend, and is/has been one of the most solid commitments in this class. He expects to enroll June 1st and major in business.
Vonn Bell (S 5-11.5/180, Rossville, GA)
Vonn enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend as well. He brought along several family members, and they all seemed very comfortable with the coaches and environment. He has an in-home visit from UT's new head coach Butch Jones today, and a visit to Knoxville next weekend, but Bama seems to be in great position for Bell at this point in time. He will announce on signing day.
Bradley Bozeman (OG 6-4/305, Roanoke, AL) commit
It was revealed this weekend that Bozeman will grayshirt this year, postponing his scholarship until next January. He was very open about it, saying it has been in the works for months, but they just wanted to keep it quiet and see what happened. Bozeman had a serious knee injury this past year, and said this development will give his knee more time to heal completely. He is looking forward to being 100% and working to get back into playing shape before officially joining the team next year. This obviously opens up another slot for this year, and with this news going public, expect Bama to be in position to get 6 more names in this class. (more on that later)
Jason Carr (DE 6-6, 270, Memphis, TN) committed to Tennessee
Carr visited T-town this weekend also, and has always been very high on Alabama. Recently that feeling has been more and more mutual, as Carr keeps rising on recruiting service rankings. According to several sources, Bama will accept a commitment from him if he decides to flip. This wasn't always the case. The Memphis area recruit will visit either Ole Miss or LSU next weekend. This will be an interesting development to keep an eye on.
Reuben Foster (ILB 6-1, 240, Auburn, AL)
Reuben made the trip to t-town this weekend, and again, reports are that he had a good time. There were some sources out there that said that he committed to the staff this weekend, but those rumors were quickly shot down. He had 8 members of his family with him on this trip, so there is clearly a high level of interest. The most telling reports probably came from Bo Scarborough, a '14 Bama commit that is close friends with Foster. Bo was in town this weekend working on Foster and Kamara. He says "Reuben loved the trip, and I would love for him to come play at Alabama with me. He's one of my best friends, but it would really surprise me." He goes on to say, "There's kind of a chance, then again there's not. That's why I said it would surprise me." This will come down to the wire, and maybe go on past signing day. It's a Bama, Georgia, and Barn battle.
Eddie Jackson (ATH 6-0, 175, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
This is probably a new name for most. He has been one of recruitings fastest rising names in the past few weeks. He was in Tuscaloosa this weekend as well, and he absolutely loved every minute. He raved about the trip and was quick to name Bama his leader. The coaching staff is recruiting him as a Defensive Back, and he would be a great additon to this class if it happens. Jackson said of the trip, "Alabama is my favorite. It was a combination of things that pushed them to the top. I am undecided right now if I will take any other visits. I will talk to my parents about everything. We may know something by the middle of the week. My mind might be made up now." He is also considering FSU and LSU.
Alvin Kamara (RB 5-10, 195, Norcross, GA)
The visit went well for Kamara, who brought along his Mother and Sister. This is still a Bama-Georgia decision, and he will not make his mind up until after a trip to Athens next weekend. He said he got all his questions answered by Saban and staff, and now has to see what Georgia has to say. He continues to say that the depth chart doesn't scare him, which is a great sign. He also is close friends with Reuben Foster and Vonn Bell. They have not specifically expressed a desire to play together, but it's something to keep in mind.
Altee Tenpenny (RB 5-11/212, North Little Rock, AR)
Tenpenny visited Arkansas this weekend, and said he had a good time. It has been well known for a while that Bielema has made Altee the priority for this class. There has been speculation that the stud RB could be wavering. After the visit though, he said he is still 100% committed to Alabama, even though he had a good time getting to know the new staff in Fayetteville. He said that the old Razorback staff was very business-like, whereas the new are more laid-back, a family type environment that he liked. Even though he asserted his commitment to Bama, I am leaning towards watching this more closely than you'd think.
Laremy Tunsil (OT 6-6/295, Lake City, FL)
The concensus top tackle in the class made his trip to Georgia this weekend. It has been reported before that his eyes always seemed to light up when questions about the Bulldogs came up, whereas he seemed quiet about other schools. This seemed to have been proven correct after his trip to Athens. He had only good things to say, and I believe he is probably 90% to the dawgs. That's not to say that Bama can't make up ground, but I would advise Tide fans to not get their hopes too high.
Eddie Vanderdoes (DT 6-3.5/310, Auburn, CA)
The 6th ranked player in the nation (247sports.com) made his OV to USCw this weekend. You'll probably remember that he de-committed from Lane Kiffin's team a few weeks ago. Seems he had a great time, and the Trojans are still major players to get his signature. He will visit Bama in two weeks, the weekend before signing day. This is a great position to be in for Saban and staff, who have been pushing hard for him. The feeling is that he wants to make the visit before deciding anything. The decision at this point will most likely be one of USCw, UCLA, Notre Dame, Washington, or Bama.
With the Bozeman grayshirt, that means Bama has room for probably 6 more in this class. As always, recruiting is a fluid deal up until the names are on the dotted lines, so currently my expectations to finish this class are as follows:
Expect to commit to Bama on or before signing day:
Hope to pick up 1 off the following list: