According to published reports, Alabama 2008 defensive tackle signee Quinton Dial will likely not qualify, and he has signed with East Mississippi Community College. Dial was a four-star prospect with Rivals last year, and a three-star with Scout, who had a very impressive offer list after being pursued hard by Alabama and Florida.
It's not definite just yet that Dial will not qualify, but it certainly seems like that will happen, and Dial is preparing himself accordingly. Interestingly enough, East Mississippi Community College is also where former Alabama signees Brandon Lewis and Devonta Bolton are currently at.
Anyway, this one is a pretty big disappointment. Dial wasn't quite so high with the recruiting "experts," but he dominated the camp circuits, and he could have had his pick of the SEC schools. Unfortunately, things like this happen occasionally, and you usually have one wild card every year who was expected to qualify who ultimately won't. Last year it was Brandon Lewis, and this year it is apparently Dial. It's a disappointment, too, because we have been getting a lot of good news lately on the academic front, specifically with regard to Anthony Steen and Rod Woodson.
It will be interesting to see how Alabama handles this one. With Cody leaving after 2009, this leaves us a bit thin at nose guard going into 2010, with us really only having Josh Chapman and Kerry Murphy at the position. It's hard to say exactly what we will do going forward, but I would imagine this will result in us giving a firm offer to the 6'7 and 370 pound JUCO defensive tackle James Carmon.