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Womack, Prince form strong, athletic OT combo

Given that there weren't many top offensive tackles left in the 2015 class, there was some concern until a few days ago that Alabama might not fill a huge need at that spot this year. But in the last month, the Tide staff came through by landing commitments by two of the nation's very best.

Tide hoops tops Tigers on late Cooper tip

By basketball standards, Alabama 57, Auburn 55 wasn’t pretty. By Bama nation standards, it was a masterpiece. The Crimson Tide erased a nine-point second half deficit with just under 10 minutes left to fend off its cross-state rivals before a sold-out Coleman Coliseum crowd of 15,383. A late tip-in by senior Rodney Cooper with six seconds left provided the winning margin.

Kiffin staying put at Alabama

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Saturday that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would remain in his current position with the Crimson Tide. Kiffin was a finalist for the Broyles Award last season, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

UA knocks off #1 Florida

The No. 7 ranked Alabama gymnastics team used its best score of the season by more than a point to upset defending NCAA champion and current No. 1 ranked Florida, 197.400-196.800, Friday night in front of an exuberant Coleman Coliseum crowd of 13,778.

Tide lands star OT

Offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (6-6, 280) of Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, MD has committed to Alabama. Prince is considered one of the top OT prospects in the country. He chose Alabama over numerous offers, including Florida, Maryland and Ohio State. More later

Friday morning recruiting quick hitters

Just a few quick thoughts on some of Alabama's top remaining targets for the the 2015 class.

McMillon clears the air

Alabama linebacker commit Joshua McMillon of Memphis-Whitehaven clears the air about reports he'll visit Michigan this coming weekend.

Strong group of visitors scheduled

Another outstanding group of prospects, including several Tide commitments, will be on campus this weekend. Here’s a look at the players expected to officially visit UA.

UA basketball suffers heartbreaking overtime loss to Arkansas

A tip-in with less than a second left in overtime sunk the Alabama men’s basketball team on the road at Arkansas, 93-91, on Thursday evening inside Bud Walton Arena.

Junior OL already has a staggering number of offers

Class of 2016 offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux of Bishop Moore HS in Orlando, Florida is rolling in the offers. The 6-4˝, 286-pound junior standout has landed a staggering 63 offers, including ones from Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas. Boudreaux is also receiving interest from Alabama, Georgia and Michigan.

Moton de-commits

For weeks it's been speculated that defensive lineman TD Moton of Shreveport-Woodlawn, LA would not be a part of Alabama's class. This afternoon Moton tweeted his plans.

Prattville junior on Tide’s radar

The state of Alabama has several quality running backs in the class of 2016. One of them is 6-1, 230-pound Kingston Davis of Prattville. Davis has offers from five schools, including Louisville, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. He’s also drawing interest from Alabama, Auburn, California, Florida, Indiana, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

Wheatley: “It was sick”

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. made his official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend, and it was an experience the 6-6, 260-pound tight end from Buffalo-Canisius, NY will never forget.

Quick recruiting notes

As recruiting 2015 moves down the home stretch to national signing day, there are still many moving parts, which makes it difficult to predict how the Tide class will finish. But here are some notes and thoughts on the possibilities.

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Charlot planning to wait

Alabama fans anxiously awaiting a final decision from Patterson, LA wide receiver Daylon Charlot will have to wait a while longer. The 6-0, 177-pound star, who favors Alabama and LSU, won't make his announcement until national signing day on February 4th.

UA showing interest in 2016 WR

Wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville HS in Pinson is one of the state’s top prospects in the class of 2016. The 6-2, 190-pound star has offers from five schools, including Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. He's also receiving interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and FSU.

Tide surges to the front for star WR

With spots running out in the Tide's 2015 class, the focus appears to be on finishing with an offensive tackle and a wide receiver. This last weekend, Alabama made a huge move on one of its top receiver targets, North Little Rock, AR star K.J. Hill.

Speedy Florida WR to visit

Speedy wide receiver Ryan Davis of Lakewood HS in St. Petersburg, FL has conformed to TI via text message that he's set an official visit to Alabama for this coming weekend. The 5-11, 170-pound Davis has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Michigan and UCLA, among others.

Jennings enjoys official visit

Tide defense line commit Anfernee Jennings of Dadeville was among the prospects who officially visited Alabama this weekend. The 6-3, 265-pound defender, who racked up 156 tackles and 12 sacks this past season, enjoyed himself in Tuscaloosa.

Visit notes on Adonis Thomas, K.J. Hill

Alabama star linebacker commit Adonis Thomas doesn't like to do interviews. But the 6-4, 220-pounder from Lawremceville-Central Gwinnett, GA doesn't mind tweeting.

Cager discusses UA official visit

Big wide receiver Lawrence Cager of Towson-Calvert Hall, MD made his official visit to Alabama this weekend. Cager, who committed to Miami early this month, says the trip to Tuscaloosa went as expected.

Tenpenny leaving Alabama

Rising junior running back Altee Tenpenny tweeted that he's leaving the Alabama program. Here is Tenpenny's tweet from today: @Boobie_Miles_22 The past 2 years with the Crimson Tide has been a great experience! I wouldn't trade it for anything! It's time to start a new chapter!

Recruiters flocking to see Tega

The recruitment of Prince Tega Wanogho from Edgewood Academy in Elmore, AL may be tougher on the coach than on the player. Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said that he needed a rest from the avalanche of calls that started after his star defensive end decided to change his recruiting class from 2016 to 2015.

Tide falls at home to top-ranked ‘Cats

Size matters, and not just as a late-night TV commercial theme. Much-taller, top-ranked Kentucky rolled into and out of a packed Coleman Coliseum Saturday with a 70-48 win over Alabama, largely due to a playing rotation including four men 6-10 or taller and two more listed at 6-foot-9. The Cats (17-0, 4-0 SEC) outrebounded the Tide 30-21, and led in second chance points, 10-7.

Tide set for first wave of visitors

Recruiting is entering the home stretch, but there’s not much room on the Tide train. This weekend, the UA staff will welcome an impressive group of prospects to the Capstone. Here’s a look at the players expected to visit.

Reed and Ragland officially announce

Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive lineman Jarran Reed announced on Thursday they will return for their senior seasons at the Capstone in 2015 after choosing to bypass early entry into the NFL Draft.