O.J. Smith could've taken it easy and stayed home last weekend. But the Tide's 6-1½, 334-pound defensive tackle commitment from Airline HS in Bossier City, Louisiana traveled 400 miles to participate in his first Alabama camp.
Bailey Granier, a 6-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from Galliano-South Lafourche, LA, had an Alabama offer prior to the Tide's OL/DL camp last Saturday. But that didn't stop the massive Granier from coming to Tuscaloosa to show what he could do.
Since committing to Alabama last September, running back Bo Scarbrough, one of UA's top commitments, has been making friends with members of the UA class of 2013 and with some of the top prospects of his own, the 2014 class. And he has changed schools.
J.C. Hassenauer, a 6-2½, 294-pound center at East Ridge HS in Woodbury, Minnesota, announced this evening via twitter that he had committed to Alabama. Hassenauer earned an offer from the Crimson Tide staff after an impressive performance at UA's lineman camp last Saturday. East Ridge head coach Mike Pendino says Alabama is getting a good one.
Hassenauer commits to Bama
As expected, center J.C. Hassenauer of East Ridge HS in Woodbury, MN has committed to Alabama. The 6-2, 290-pound Hassenauer announced his decision via twitter this afternoon. Hassenauer earned an offer from UA with an outstanding performance at the Tide's OL/DL camp last Saturday. More later.
Last Friday, Alabama landed a commitment from star quarterback David Cornwell. On Sunday, UA got a standout receiver for Cornwell to throw to when Derek Kief, a 6-5, 200-pound player from Cincinnati-LaSalle, OH, announced that he would roll with the Tide. Kief had 25 offers, including ones from Kentucky, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
Offensive lineman Dallas Warmack, the younger brother of former Tide All-American Chance Warmack, is one of the top rising juniors in the state of Georgia. At Saturday's OL/DL camp at UA, the 6-1½, 287-pounder from Atlanta-Mays showed out.
It was just a matter of time before 6-4, 270-pound defensive end Davon Godchaux of Plaquemine, Louisiana picked up an Alabama offer. That time arrived yesterday following his impressive showing at the lineman camp.
WR Derek Kief of Cincinnati-LaSalle, OH announced this afternoon that he had committed to Alabama. As a junior last season, the 6-5, 200-pound Kief caught 65 passes for 907 yards and nine touchdowns. Kief picked Alabama over Kentucky, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others. More later.
Last Friday, speculation on which quarterback Alabama would take in the 2014 class was put to rest when Norman-North, OK blue-chipper David Cornwell tweeted that he had officially committed to the Crimson Tide. The 6-5, 235-pound Cornwell is regarded as one of the nation's top five quarterbacks by most recruiting services. Cornwell took time this weekend to speak with TI about the recruiting process and why he chose Alabama.
The Tide held its OL/DL camp in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Here are a few notes from the event.
One of the top performers at today's OL/DL camp in Tuscaloosa was Cory Thomas of McAdory HS in McCalla. The 6-5, 268-pound defensive end did not have an Alabama offer when he arrived at today's camp. He used that as motivation to earn one.
It's been a busy past several days for defensive tackle Josh Frazier of Har-Ber HS in Springdale, Arkansas. The 6-4, 330-pound standout hit the road to check out three SEC West schools, including Alabama on Friday.
Here is a rundown of the eight prospects TI has projected to Alabama.
In TI's Crystal Ball on April 10, our first projection for the Tide was quarterback David Cornwell of Norman-North, OK. Following the Tide's camp earlier this month, Alabama narrowed its search to Cornwell and Jacob Park of Goose Creek-Stratford, SC. This afternoon Cornwell announced via twitter that he had officially committed to Alabama.
One day in February 2012, Dennis Conner, head coach at Central HS in Tuscaloosa, walked into his office and found standing there a big man, a woman and a boy. "I had no idea who they were, but I thought he was the dad," Conner says. "This was a big person standing there."
On Saturday, the Tide staff will evaluate and instruct offensive and defensive linemen at Alabama's annual lineman camp. Here's a look at some of the linemen who have confirmed their plans to participate in the event.
T.D. Moton, a rising junior defensive tackle for Shreveport-Calvary Academy, LA, already has offers from Baylor, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, among others. The 6-4, 310-pound Moton is also starting to draw strong interest from Alabama.