While most University of Alabama students are packing up to head home for the summer, a flock of new students will be arriving at the Capstone in the next week. Of course I am talking about the incoming 2014 freshman (and a juco) football class.
Although signing day was back on February 5, other important dates are fast approaching:
May 26 Late registration/add/drop-first-half and second-half
May 27 Classes Begin
May 29 Last day to register or add a course for first-half of session
As per usual, Nick Saban likes to have all his incoming players start school and conditioning programs during the summer. It is not necessary to be eligible but for those who cannot make it to the first summer session, it will put them behind in The Process®.
You may recall a year ago, wide receiver Robert Foster had issues qualifying and did not begin classes or join the team until late in July. Because of the delay and despite his talent, he had to redshirt. If this can happen a 5-star, it can happen to anyone. That is why it will be important to keep an eye on who shows up on campus next week.
THE GOOD NEWS
Obviously, the eight early enrollees have qualified and enrolled. Transfer QB Jacob Coker has graduated from Florida State and by all reports has been accepted into Alabama. The vast majority of the rest of the class has qualified and will soon be in the process of registering and settling into their new home in Tuscaloosa.
THE BAD NEWS
On the final stop of the Crimson Caravan in Birmingham, Nick Saban commented that at least one Alabama signee may require summer school before becoming eligible to enroll and possibly a second.
"We'll find that out when we get final grades in," Saban said. "We haven't got that information in yet. I think we may have one guy that may need to go to summer school but I'm not 100 percent sure of that right now. We may have somebody else, too, but I'm just not sure."
During the recruiting process, it was believed that the following players allegedly may have some problems qualifying: juco transfer OL Dominick Jackson, OL Montel McBride, DL Johnny Dwight, DL O.J. Smith. Know that all these reports could be erroneous. There were also believed to be issues with Bo Scarbrough but his stint at IMG Academy seems to have cleared up any issues.
The second summer session begins July 2. Fall classes begin August 20 - ten days before Bama kicks off with West Virginia.