Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Christian Bell gives verbal to Alabama

Hoover High School (Hoover, AL) defensive end/linebacker Christian Bell has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2015.
Bell, who stands 6-foot-4 and tops the scale at 220-pounds, selected the Crimson Tide over the likes of Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and UCLA.

While rated as a defensive end, Bell, per various recruiting outlets, will likely play linebacker at Alabama.
Listed as a three-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rating system, Bell becomes the 15th Alabama verbal commitment in respect to the 2015 signing class.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Four Pack of Talent: UA receives commitment bundle

While Alabama's annual spring football game was the definition of typical, the recruiting "bundle" that followed was atypical, even by Alabama's lofty standards.

UA welcomed roughly 35 of the most decorated prospects in the nation to the spring scrimmage, and when the day was done, four of them had given verbal commitments to the Crimson Tide.

5-star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, 4-star safety Shawn Burgess-Becker, 4-star linebacker Leo Lewis, and 4-star wide receiver Calvin Ridley are the players in question, and 'Bama fans have no question but to be excited.

Within roughly 90 minutes, the "Twitterverse" began to see the names come in like states on an electoral college map. Several Crimson Tide beat writers became hesitant to write an article about the recruiting firestorm, in fear that yet another prospect would commit to the Tide while the article was being written.
While UA did close the day with four commitments, instead of the five that Hurt's tweet suggests, for about 30 minutes the number was indeed five. Wide receiver Jovon Durante, per media reports, had decommitted from West Virginia and given his pledge to Alabama, but that report was later nixed when Durante confirmed that he had not committed to 'Bama. However, Durante's verbal to UA still appears rather likely.
Without going through the "history" of Alabama recruiting during the Nick Saban era, excluding the obvious bundle that comes with signing day, Saturday's "triumph" of four verbal commitments in one evening has to mark one of the finest single-day recruiting conquests in recent UA history.

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A-Day '14: Yeldon shines, four prospects commit

Public spring football scrimmages are designed for the fans, and one certainly had to be a hardcore fan to “stomach” the 2014 edition of Alabama’s annual spring game.

In a game that featured subpar play from the quarterback position, offensive line, and the placekicker, "sloppy" seemed to be the word of the day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

With a listed attendance of 73,506, the smallest in the Saban era, the White squad, led by quarterback Cooper Bateman, defeated the Crimson unit by the score of 17-13.

Scoring summary

3rd Quarter: 29-yard INT return for TD by D.J. Pettway (7-0 WHITE)
3rd Quarter: 1-yard TD run by T.J. Yeldon (7-7)
3rd Quarter: 41-yard FG by Adam Griffith (10-7 WHITE)

4th Quarter: Cooper Bateman 32-yard TD to ArDarius Stewart (17-7 WHITE)
4th Quarter: Blake Sims 55-yard TD to Chris Black (17-13 WHITE - PAT missed by Griffith)

Statistics of note

Cooper Bateman: 11-24 - 156 yards - 1 TD
Alec Morris: 3-7 - 1 INT - 9 yards

Kenyan Drake: 7 carries - 41 yards
Tyren Jones: 6 carries - 30 yards
Altee Tenpenny: 10 carries - 29 yards

Robert Foster: 4 receptions - 50 yards
ArDarius Stewart: 2 receptions - 59 yards
Raheem Falkins: 2 receptions - 28 yards

Blake Sims: 13-30 - 2 INTs - 178 yards - 1 TD

T.J. Yeldon: 11 carries - 96 yards - 1 TD
Derrick Henry: 8 carries - 24 yards

Chris Black: 3 receptions - 78 yards - 1 TD
Amari Cooper: 3 receptions - 45 yards
Christion Jones: 3 receptions - 22 yards

Game recap

Alabama beat writer Andrew Gribble provided live updates of the public scrimmage in a rather "notable play-esque" format. Click HERE to read Andrew's recap of today's action.

What did Nick Saban have to say to the media following Alabama's annual spring game? Click HERE to see Saban's press conference courtesy of 247Sports/BamaOnline.

A-Day news and notes

-T.J. Yeldon received MVP honors for the third consecutive spring game.

-AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley, and Kevin Norwood, the 2013 team captains, were officially "printed" into 'Bama history at the Alabama Walk of Fame at Denny Chimes.
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-Roughly 35 recruits were in attendance for today's annual public scrimmage.

-Following today's game, Alabama received a total of four verbal commitments from four of the most highly touted players in the nation. In quite possibly the biggest single recruiting day of the Nick Saban era, the Crimson Tide certainly "won the day" in respect to building for the future. Expect an additional blog post, before the conclusion of the weekend, to be dedicated to Alabama's recruiting "blizzard" of success. Taking nothing away from today's action on the gridiron, but UA's recruiting bundle is the "highlight" of the day.

5-star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick
4-star safety Shawn Burgess-Becker
4-star linebacker Leo Lewis
4-star wide receiver Calvin Ridley