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The Alabama Week in Review

With Fall practice beginning and the college football season fast approaching, let's catch up on the week's news

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Redshirt freshman OL Caleb Gulledge was medically disqualified after spring practice. Coach Nick Saban notes that the offensive lineman was suffering from a "chronic medical issue."

This news comes on the heels of another medical disqualification from incoming 2013 freshman DL Darius Paige who looked to be an early contributor on the defensive line.

Because of Paige's DQ, fellow 2013 signee Bradley Bozeman (not to be confused with Bradly Bosmen who is a beast) will not have to greyshirt (enroll in January 2014) but instead will begin school with the rest of the 2013 class this month. Note that he is still recovering from an ACL injury. I expect he will redshirt.

4-star wide receiver Robert Foster is in the house! All 2013 signees are now eligible and enrolled at the Capstone.

Malcolm Faciane is suspended for violation of team rules. No time table on when he will be back.


In case you missed it:

4-star Wenonah (Birmingham, AL) point guard Justin Coleman committed to Bama basketball this past week. Coleman (5-10/155) is ranked as the #53 best player in the 2014 247 rankings. He averaged 21.8 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4.2 steals in 2012. The highlight of the season was a 56 point performance against 2010, 2011, 2012 Georgia state champions Columbia High School.


Recruiting News:

Keith Holcombe, a 6-4/210 lbs 3-star LB from Tuscaloosa, flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Alabama. He is a legacy and his father played for Bama back in 1980-1982.

4-star RB Racean "Roc" Thomas committed to Auburn. I truly believe he wanted to go to Bama but the numbers are not working out and Saban & staff are going all or nothing on 5-star All-World RB Leonard Fournette. I am sorry for Roc, but the stable is pretty full.

WR Ermon Lane looks to now be favoring Florida. Former Bama lean Cameron Sims magically likes Ole Miss all of a sudden. The Tide is now focusing on Johnnie Dixon (6-0 175), 4-star out of West Palm Beach, FL. None of these three have committed. So, anything could happen.

If Faciane does not return for some reason, it will leave quite a deficit at tight end. Tyler Luatua still looks like a Bama lean but the Alabama staff is now also looking at Arizona commit, Trevor Wood (6-6/240).

4-star safety C.J. Hampton (6-2/195) from Meridian, MS is back on the Tide's radar despite his commitment to Ole Miss. The staff was quite impressed with his work at a recent camp.

Adrian Lamothe is a punter from Monterrey, Mexico who has enrolled at Alabama and will walk-on. Along with 3-star 2014 commitment J.K. Scott, the Crimson Tide will have two punters to compete for the job left by Cody Mandell once he finishes his senior campaign this season. Lamothe's Monterrey Tech team played several American high school teams in nearby Texas during the 2012 season. Chris Sailer Kicking ranks him as the nation's #13 punter.


And finally, Mark Emmert continues to show his incompetency and ridiculously extreme leniency by allowing 5-star flip-flopper Eddie Vanderdoes‏ to back out of his commitment to Notre Dame. Vanderdoes won his appeal and can play immediately for UCLA this fall. You will recall Vanderdoes signed with Notre Dame and then changed his mind. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly refused to give him a release - a move secretly applauded by programs across the country. Pandora's box is now wide open as we inch even closer to major college football's move towards seceding from the NCAA.