Let the Count-Down Begin
With two weeks to the day until signing day, the Tide is officially done with official visits, save one. The big 6-3, 310-pounder Eddie Vanderdoes is scheduled to be in “Title-Town” on Feb. 2nd “to see how I fit in” says the 5-star from Cali. (see From Cali to ‘Bama article for more info). Other than the top ranked defensive tackle, Alabama is not scheduled for another official visit from recruits so now is the time for all the coaches to be out and about heating up the highways.
While the coaches are out on the recruiting trails over the next two weeks, they now have an extra spot to fill in the 2013 class. The UA staff received official word over the weekend that 6-5, 310-pound offensive guard Bradley Bozeman could and would gray-shirt next year which allows for an extra signee to the 2013 class. Bozeman suffered a torn ACL midway through his senior season at Handley High School in Roanoke, AL. After discussions with the Alabama coaches and weighing all the options they both agreed that the gray-shirt option would allow him to fully recover from his injury before beginning his time with the Tide and official NCAA eligibility.
“I’m really excited about the grayshirt and I believe it’s the best option for me. I’m not disappointed one bit.” said the 4-Star that officially committed back on June 6th. Bozeman went on to say that “There are more advantages than disadvantages for me because I’ll be bigger, stronger, faster, healthier and more mature. That’s great for me.”
With the grey-shirt opening up Bozeman’s scholarship in 2013 the Tide now can add five, possibly six more recruits over the next two weeks.
Most of the remaining prospects are playing it close to the vest or simply just don’t know, but they are waiting until signing day (Feb. 6th) before making a final decision. Several still have official visits to other schools lined up and want to see how those go too. But one thing is for certain, several of the highly sought after talent is coming down to Alabama or Georgia.
There are several recruits that were in Tuscaloosa this past weekend that will also be in Athens this coming weekend. The No. 4 running back prospect in the country Alvin Kamara was one of those and he sums up what could be a phenomenal class if it were to happen “Reuben Foster definitely is my main dude,” Kamara said. “Vonn Bell and Montravius Adams are my boys too. They all good players and it would be fun to play with them if it were to happen like that. We haven’t really talked specifically about it, but we are aware of it. And we know that could be huge if it did happen.” Then if you add five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to the mix you have an outstanding class. However, Tunsil is seemingly leaning towards the Bulldogs but you never know with these recruits.
There is still time to get some of these big time recruits in and see how they can contribute to the Nick Saban Dynasty – errr..umm, I mean contribute to the 2013 Class, Team, and Process. The UA Staff will surely be out visiting, calling, and texting trying to convince these student-athletes that Alabama is the “Home” for them.
Let the Count-Down Begin to National Signing Day!
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