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Official visitors for this coming weekend: 1-18-2013

Part 1 – The Uncommitted 

(Part 2 – The Committed coming soon)

This coming weekend the Crimson Tide will host several top rated recruits in Tuscaloosa.  With only 3 more weekend visits remaining until National Signing Day (2-6-13) most schools, like Alabama, is pulling out all the stops to lure talented prospects to commit.  This weekends visitors will be part of the Championship Celebration which should be a great recruiting tool in addition to displaying 3 Crystal Balls and sets of rings.  Adding some of the talent below will solidify a top ranked class for 2013.

Montravius Adams DL – Vienna, Ga.

Listed at 6-3, 281 pound Adams has just about every major program in the country chomping at the bit for his services.  Adams’ top schools include Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Clemson. This DT is very athletic for his size and has proven that he can clog up the middle of the line as well as reek havoc in the backfield.

The number one defensive tackle in the ESPN 150 is close to making a decision as he just finished a visit to Clemson on Jan. 11, and one scheduled to Georgia on Jan. 25.  Many say that these are the top two on his list with the Bulldogs leading the way but don’t count out the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban’s ring count.

Adams is still young and has the raw talent to be a standout DT and add him to any recruiting class and it could step it up a notch. He has the quickness and high motor to put on the pressure and the frame and build to add the size to block the holes.

Currently, his size (weight) may not allow him to start off in a 3-4 scheme but give him some time in the weight room and with the nutritionist and a few more pounds and you could see him lining up at nose tackle.

Von Bell DB – Rossville, Ga.

“Alabama … it just speaks for itself,” was a comment that the 4-star from Georgia made when describing his impression of Alabama.  Bell most recently took a visit to Ohio State and some believe that they are making up ground on the Tide. Bell will take his final official visit to Knoxville, TN on January 25th. It’s not expected, unless something drastic happens, that the Vols will pull ahead of the Tide or Buckeye’s.

The 6-0, 190-pound safety is very well-rounded that has the size, speed and athleticism to make plays in all three levels of the defense. Bell has a knack for being around the ball and covers the field with great speed. He has the skill-set and athletic ability to be similar to Mark Barron with added some size to his frame and good coaching on technique and fundamentals which Nick Saban would take care of for sure.  The number 5 safety in the ESPN 150, and number 50 overall, can make up ground quickly with his speed and displays good hands and high-pointer skills.

Reuben Foster LB – Auburn, Ala. 

One of the nation’s most sought after linebackers, Reuben Foster has committed and decommitted a couple of times (Alabama/Auburn) to schools and is now sitting back and talking to coaches to see who can convince him to come play for them. The consensus 5-star recruit and Under Armour All-America Game Defensive MVP say’s that he has narrowed his selection down to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Washington but he has offers from pretty much every school in the country.

Foster, (6 feet 1, 230-pounds) just returned from Washington where is it was “…COLD” according to his tweet.  He went with long time friend and former teammate from LaGrange, Joe Sanders. The Huskies are recruiting Foster as a middle linebacker as most of the county is.

The Auburn High, recruit spoke with Auburn University’s coaching staff (minutes from his home) regarding doing what it takes to put him in the situation to be the “face of their defense” and they expect him to play at the middle linebacker spot to help lead the D.  He said that they are “playing catch-up with Alabama and Georgia” but that they are doing “pretty well”.

Georgia is trying to lure Foster with putting him at the outside linebacker spot and coming from the edge and said that they want him to be the next Jarvis Jones, who just declared for the NFL Draft.  Foster is expected to take his official visit to Georgia on Jan. 25, along with fellow ESPN 150 targets and Under Armour All-Americans Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.).  Foster has been very impressed with the persistence of Georgia’s recruitment.  Stating that even after commitments to Alabama and Auburn “they were not giving up on me”.  He has made several trips to Athens during the season for games and says that he is looking forward to being on campus again to meet with the coaching staff “just to see what they have to say to me and what is new”.

LSU also made a surprise visit to Foster’s house this week to see the highly touted 5-star.  LSU is late to the table and may be left off of the list for the official visits with only two weekends remaining and those two are already reserved.  They, too, are seeking the services of Foster at the middle linebacker spot.

Nick Saban and Kirby Smart also made a stop in Auburn, which turned a few heads, to visit and talk about his potential with the Crimson Tide.  Alabama needs another young middle linebacker to start learning the ropes and Foster fits the bill.  “They really surprised me with what they were saying, but it sounded great”, Reuben said, when talking about what the defensive duo told him about playing on the Bama “D”.

It seems that the Tide and Bulldogs are in the lead to land the 1st ranked LB.  He’s playing it close to the vest right now or simply he’s confused and really is unsure but Foster sums it up pretty well with his statement, “knowledge-wise, I think I could get the best out of it at Alabama or Georgia, because of Nick Saban and Mark Richt. Alabama has the best reputation of getting people to the next level, but I could get on the field earlier at Auburn or Georgia”.  Decisions, Decisions..!

Eddie Jackson WR – Pompano Beach, Fla.

Jackson is a 6’2″, 175-pound wide receiver speedster and has some great athletic ability.  The 3-star, which may end up as a 4-star after it’s all said and done has offers from FSU, LSU, Arkansas, and Alabama.  He just returned from FSU and is expected to go to Arkansas on Jan 25.

He is listed as a wide receiver but don’t be surprised if the Tide and Nick Saban tries to convert him to a defensive back.  He has the speed and hands but with Alabama being a little stacked up at wide receiver right now and more coming in there is a need in the secondary.  With the taller frame and Saban’s ability to “teach” and coach, Jackson may just turn out to be a NFL caliber DB with time.

Alvin Kamara RB – Norcross, Ga.

So what high profile position has produced NFL talent for Alabama the past 3 years?  That’s right, running backs.  If you are a running back that wants to play at the next level and has the talent to do so then what better place is there?  At least that is what the 4-star from Norcross should be thinking. 

The 5’10”, 195 pound playmaker is blessed with speed, hands and vision, Kamara’s entire package makes him a great addition to the already full backfield. Saban seems to always want a speedy, back that can get to the flats quickly, catch the ball and have the ability to make you miss.

The 4-star Under Armour All-American rushed for 2,264 yards his senior year and led his team to an unbeaten record and a state title. Kamara would fit well with fellow running back commits Derrick Henry, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones and would give the Tide the most talented and diverse group of running backs in the country.  That’s not even taking into account Sophomore TJ Yeldon and others returning for the Crimson Tide.

Again, as with several other recruits in the 2013 class, it’s expected to come down to Georgia or Alabama.

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