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The rising sophomore talked candidly about his development, the competition with Tua Tagovailoa, and playing for Coach Saban.

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Happy Monday, everyone. As mentioned last week, Jalen Hurts was invited to take part in the Manning Passing Academy over the weekend. While there, he spoke briefly with reporters.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts when asked about the presence of highly-touted true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa: “Tua is talented and he is in the same spot I was in last year at this time. I’m confident in my skills and working hard to get better. When you sign with Alabama and Coach Saban you know you are going to face tough competition each year at any spot. What happened last year or years past are gone in Coach Saban’s mind. You have to earn your spot each year.”

To become a better quarterback, Hurts said he has been focusing on improving on the little things.

“Your feet dictate a lot of things for a college quarterback,” he said. “If your feet are good, you can put yourself in a position to make a lot of throws. In addition to my feet, I am working on shoulder movement and looking calm whenever I am in the pocket.”

The young man certainly has the right mentality. He takes nothing for granted and is focused solely on making himself a better football player.

The Tide landed a big commitment on Friday:

"It feels great honestly," Armour-Davis told AL.com on Friday. "I'm happy with the decision. It's a good day for me and my family."

A first-team Class 5A All-State and All-Coastal Alabama selection, Armour-Davis finished his junior season with 31 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He also had three TD receptions and one rushing score on offense.

"He's very tall," Mask said. "Obviously, his speed is unreal. He has great ball skills He could really play on both sides of the ball. As far as being a DB is concerned, he can really cover you. In that league (the SEC), it is all about who can cover who."

Saban loves a tall cornerback with a large wingspan.

“They’re in no major rush,” Gorney said. “Some other schools are in a rush to lock kids up and try to keep them committed, but as Alabama has shown over the years, they can get whoever they want to flip at any point. If kids aren’t committed and they have Alabama as a top school, that’s probably where they’re going to end up.”

One potential reason for the slow build is Alabama’s selectiveness with who receives “committable” offers, with head coach Nick Saban preferring prospective student-athletes come work out at team-organized camps in Tuscaloosa.

Given the nature of recruiting, that stance could also be somewhat detrimental at times.

Obviously Saban can’t just magically flip anyone he wants, but there is a lot of truth here. Of course, the early signing period limits the amount of time available to change minds.

More so than any other tight end on the roster, the sophomore has the potential to fill the playmaker role left behind by O.J. Howard. Despite being a tad undersized a season ago, proved capable as a blocker in 2016, especially as an H back in the zone read concept. Now in the neighborhood of 240 pounds, the 6-foot-5 Forristall should be better suited for the demands that come with working at the point of attack from the in-line position.

It will be interesting to see if Forristall does, in fact, play more of a “Y” role this season. He acquitted himself well at the “H” last season.

Alabama had only one player make the list in 2016, but this year, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones (who made the top 10 and will have his spot revealed on Monday), is joined by New York Giants safety Landon Collins at 28; Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper at 53; Green Bay safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at 77; and New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower at 94.

Alabama players are busts in the NFL, y’all.

Yesterday, Becerra announced California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas based on what was described as "discriminatory legislation" enacted in each state.

I mean, I guess this is their prerogative, but from a college athletics standpoint it seems detrimental to the smaller California schools to limit them from traveling to play, or even recruit for, football in Texas and Alabama, and basketball in Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Last but not least, check out the ginormous jumbotron in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium:

FSU fans will get a crystal clear view of their favored team’s demise in the opener.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.