Crootin' Stays Woke
Five-star running back Kareem Walker will announce his decision this week.
As we saw this year, you really can never have too many running backs. This season was the thinnest that Alabama has been at the position since Saban arrived in 2007. No. 2 RB prospect, Kareem Walker, is set to announce later this week. The NJ prosect has AU, FSU, ASU, Michigan, and Alabama on his list. Most expect him to be suited up in Maize and Blue next season, but anything is possible since he did announce his commitment to Ohio State less than a year ago.
Theodore running back La'Mical Perine is a popular man these days. The longtime Florida commit was at home visiting with Gators' running backs coach Tim Skipper on Sunday when there as a knock on the door. It was Alabama running backs coach and associate head coach Burton Burns.
Alabama got in late on Perine, but Burns and Cristobal are working hard on swaying him. Given Kelvin Taylor's imminent departure, and the fact that the Gators don't have a difference-maker at RB, Perine will likely stick with his Florida commitment.
Ohio State was involved with the No. 1 player in the nation for a while, but the addition of former Rutgers and NFL coach Greg Schiano to the coaching staff could have the Buckeyes squarely back in the race.
I have all-but resigned myself to the fact that Gary is headed elsewhere. Oddly, he cites academics as a driving factor, but then includes Ole Miss, Auburn (a team without a DC, I add,) and other strange choices. Since he "wants to get some love from coaches," I strongly suspect he's a bad fit at the Capstone, where ego-stroking just isn't in the vocabulary. This cries out as a Hugh Freeze special.
Obasohan was unstoppable as he scored nearly half of the Tide's 51 points (45 percent) on the night. In addition to setting a new career-best scoring output, Obasohan also set new career marks for field goals made (9-of-16) and three-pointers made (4-of-7) in the Tide's fourth consecutive road win.
Congratulations to Retin, who won SEC POW honors following his seemingly one-man win over Clemson on Sunday. The Tide is going to need a whole lot more of these efforts entering conference play down a Dazon.
The Alabama women's basketball team (9-1) topped North Florida (3-7) with a 69-47 victory in Coleman Coliseum on Monday afternoon in the ninth annual 5th Grade Fastbreak game. The Crimson Tide finished with three players in double figures and forced 20 turnovers including six in the first five minutes of the second half.
Don't look now, but Kristy Curry's squad is 9-1 and sitting at No. 130 in the RPI. By contrast, the Tide finished 13-19 last season.
"We got positive news, basically, on the quarterback today," Lewis said. "We'll continue as is. He'll be in a cast and, basically, we'll go week-to-week with things, and I think that's about as good an outcome as we could expect. So he won't play this week. As we move forward, we'll see how he is each and every week, and it'll be up to Andy and the doctors."
It looks like Dalton may be back sooner than we all expected. Better maximize the opportunities you have now, AJ. Of course, the odds are very good that Dalton could return just in time to blow a playoff game too, in which case, the Ginger Avenger's seat, which had just cooled, will become incalculably toasty.
Finally, about Prukop
ESPN's Portland affiliate is reporting that Prukop's much-anticipated signing from last night will likely extend into this afternoon (presumably Pacific or Mountain time.)
As many might be assuming, I heard that Dakota Prukop's decision timeline could go into tomorrow in the late afternoon.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) December 15, 2015