Before we start, I would like to say that I hope everyone is making it safely through Snowmageddon. I would imagine most of us are out of work today, but if you are having to drive out there, please be careful.
Alabama students celebrated a snow day in Tuscaloosa with snowball fights on the quad. Members of the Crimson Tide football team were happy to join in the wintry festivities.
"Trillest snowball fight...EVER," Alabama five-star early enrollee Cameron Robinson wrote on Instagram. Robinson, the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2014 class, shared a photo of the scene.
On Monday, the Mobile native touched on a number of topics - including his injury, Florida State, the reason he chose Alabama and his thoughts on new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin - during a radio interview with WNSP 105.5-FM.
"I grew up a huge Alabama fan," Coker said. "It felt like I was coming home. On my visit, I was really impressed by coaches and players. It has me really excited about coming back and playing for my home state and my hometown team."
A pair of Alabama All-Americans are participating in the Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge, which will be televised on Tuesday night. Linebacker C.J. Mosley of Theodore and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix are among the 16 former college players participating in the 16th annual event at 8 p.m. CST Tuesday on ESPN2.
Mosley will compete on the Eckrich Obstacle Course against Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk and BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. A press release from Eckrich last week indicated Auburn running back Tre Mason would be one of the obstacle-course competitors, but the All-Star Football Challenge lists Mosley, Seastrunk and Van Noy as Tuesday night's participants.
Tune in and watch the boys show out.
Where he was: North Carolina State What he did there: Completed 682 passes for more than 8,500 yards, 76 touchdowns and 26 interceptions over three seasons. Where he went: Wisconsin What he did there: Completed nearly 73 percent of his passes for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions in a season that ended with a loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Wison is the example that intrigues me the most. Most people think of his stint as a moderate success, but I think people forget that Wisconsin was a breath away from being in the national champtionship game. If they could simply defend a hail mary, Bama would've been watching from home.
2. Birmingham, Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey -- Alabama vs. FSU
The son of Bobby Humphrey, the former Bama star running back, is a 6-1, 175-pound corner who several of the college coaches I spoke to thought he was the best cornerback prospect in the country. "He's very similar to (Bama CB) Tony Brown but more of a football player and he plays in a much better program," says one SEC recruiting coordinator. "He has a faster 110 hurdle time than Tony Brown. Tony's thicker whereas Marlon is more slender and longer, and is further along than Tony, who was very physical in camps/combines. Marlon really does it in pads." Humphrey reportedly likes FSU's track program, but Wiltfong notes that losing ace recruiter Jeremy Pruitt, an Alabama guy, hurts FSU. Ryan Bartow, another national recruiting analyst for 247, also predicts the corner ends up at Alabama, where, of course, Nick Saban has a big role in coaching the DBs.
3. Auburn, Alabama OLB Rashaan Evans -- Auburn vs. Alabama
The 6-3, 220-pounder from Tiger country is ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the 2014 class. "He has great film," said an SEC recruiting coordinator. "He's long and he's got the potential to grow into a big Alabama-type physical linebacker." "It's looking good for Auburn for the nation's top-ranked outside linebacker and No. 2 in-state prospect," predicts Wiltfong, "but don't count out Nick Saban and Alabama making one last push this week before Evans decides."
This is your daily reminder that National Signing Day is right around the corner (one week from today). These two races are the two closest for us to keep an eye on over the next week. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our recruit profiles.
The Alabama-Auburn basketball game has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday due to inclement weather conditions.
The game, at Auburn Arena, will tip off approximately 25 minutes following the conclusion of the Auburn-Texas A&M women's basketball game.That game tips off at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Alabama is 9-10, 3-3 in SEC play entering the game. Auburn is 8-9, 0-6.