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Official Visits This Weekend 1-18-13 (2)

Part 2 – The Committed

Also See Part 1 – The Uncommitted 

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 away from other schools (see A’Shawn Robinson below).  However, these are the ones that Head Coach Nick Saban and Staff already have plans for as they are the ones currently committed to the Tide (all but one).  These recruits below make up some of the 21 commitments the Crimson Tide has already received.

Jonathan Allen DE – Ashburn, Va. (Committed)

“At the end of the day I thought Alabama was the best fit for me,” Allen said. “They give me the best opportunity to showcase my talents”.  That could be said for pretty much any recruit under Head Coach Nick Saban.

The 6-3, 245-pound 4-star committed to the Tide on Jan. 14th and is the top recruit from the state of Virginia.  After his visit to Tuscaloosa on the 12th Allen decided that it was the place for him selecting the Tide over the Gators and Hokies.

Ranked 28th overall in the ESPN 150 and No. 3 DE, Allen should see playing time early once learning the system. He is listed as a defensive end and the Alabama defense needs more depth from the outside string plays out, pass rush and help to block the holes off tackle.  However, in the 3-4 base defense Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson are planning on using impressive prospect at the “Jack” linebacker position.  The depth chart at Jack is fairly deep at the moment, with Adrian Hubbard, Xzavier Dickson, and Ryan Anderson expected to be the primary play-makers.  But with the way Alabama rotates players in and out Allen will most likely see a lot of playing time early.


Anthony Averett ATH – Woodbury, N.J. (Committed)

The four-star safety from New Jersey chose the Crimson Tide over Penn State, Rutgers, Iowa and South Carolina. He is rated as the nation’s No. 9 safety.  He made significant progress during his senior season of High School earning looks from other top programs but it is believed that Averett will stay with the Tide and send in his fax on 2-6.

The 6-1, 180-pound Athlete has played in every facet of the game in high school, from kick returner, tailback and defensive back.  He has the size needed for a good DB and has the speed too.  He should add some muscle and weight his first year on campus and he has the frame to do it.  Averett should make a relatively quick impact in Tuscaloosa, if he can add a little size and it would could make him a combo prospect could legitimately play either corner back or safety.

When asked why he chose Alabama over other schools closer to home and why he committed to so early to Head Coach Nick Saban commit said, “Nick Saban is a legend, so why not?”


Walker Jones    LB – Cordova, Tenn. (Committed)

It’s a family tradition. The 6-3, 240-pound Walker is following in the footsteps of brothers Barrett and Harrison and has been officially committed to the Alabama since the last part of July.  Being the smallest of the three brothers and smallest being a relative term Walker seemed to have something to prove but never really lacked the confidence, “I would definitely have to go with myself,” Walker said, neither joking nor bragging. “Barrett is obviously a lot bigger than me and Harrison [too], but then I’m faster than all of them. It’s like the size increases and the speed decreases.”

The 3-star Jones selected the Tide over Miss. St, Ole Miss, (in-state) Tenn. and several others.  He says that Alabama was not a lock for him from the beginning and his parents did not pressure him.  He wanted to make the best decision for him and be part of “a winning program”.

Jones is a versatile athlete who could line up at linebacker or H-back for the Tide. He recorded 95 tackles, forced five fumbles and picked off two passes in 2011.  He understands that he will be playing behind starters C.J. Mosley and Trey DePriest, but he also knows that will help him to learn the ropes and be a better linebacker for the Tide.


Darius Paige DT – Foley, Ala. (Committed)

Paige is a 4-star that seemed to have a little controversy around him prior to his senior season starting at Foley.  He transferred from Washington in Pensacola (FL) to Foley (AL) but the NCAA and AHSAA both cleared the transfer.  Paige was an early 2012 commitment, coming back in May and he has never really wavered.

Alabama is looking for some big time talent in the middle and the 6-3, 295-pound may be the ticket.  He’s big enough to fill the gaps clog the hole as well as fast enough to cause some trouble in the backfield for the offense.  Darius is very similar in frame and stature to another “Darius”, Marcel Darius who is now playing in the NFL.  Paige had 42 tackles and three sacks while helping Foley to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs this season. He also played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Look for Paige to add some weight and work on his mobility and maybe he’ll get some playing time this season.
A’Shawn Robinson DT – Fort Worth, Texas (Committed to Texas)

Most highly sought after recruits that commit to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are not left alone by other schools, so why shouldn’t Saban return the favor?  The 5-star played offense and defense in high school. 

With his size of 6-5, 300-pounds and long arms he could be a blind side protector for McCarron or he can disrupt anything that comes his way on defense.  Most target him as a DT which is where the Tide will most likely put him.  But he is already committed to the Longhorns of Texas.  It’s believed to be a soft commit so the Crimson Tide is hitting him hard to try and sway him to the Crimson side.

Texas will be holding their breath this weekend and trying to get to Jan. 25 when Robinson is supposed to make his last official visit to Austin before National Signing Day.  Robinson has maintained that he’s firmly committed to the Longhorns and is merely visiting other schools to make sure of his decision.  We’ll see how well Saban’s line up of BCS Championship rings will play out to win over the 5-star Texas commit.

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