Thursday, July 31, 2014

Defensive back Rico McGraw gives verbal to Alabama

Committed to the University of Georgia since January, defensive back Rico McGraw has decided to make a change.

As reported this morning by both Rivals and 247Sports, McGraw has decommitted from Georgia and given his verbal to Alabama for 2015, the 21st commitment for the Crimson Tide.

McGraw, a four-star prospect from Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tennessee, stands 6-feet tall and tops the scale at 190-pounds.
Not long after the news broke concerning McGraw's intentions, Rivals produced an interview with Leigh Ann Clark, McGraw's mother, explaining her son's decision.

In respect to the big picture in terms of Tide recruiting, McGraw is not only the second verbal commitment this week, but also the second recruit to seek greener pastures. Safety Ronnie Harrison, originally committed to North Carolina, gave his verbal pledge to Alabama on Tuesday.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alabama will begin preseason camp with new resolve

In less than 48 hours, the 2014 edition of the Alabama Crimson Tide will hit the field for the start of preseason camp.

While many questions and concerns will be in the air once camp begins, issues that will be addressed in future blog posts, the initial reaction seems to just be that of excitement. Football season has arrived, and that's enough for now.
In typical opening day fashion, two distinct practice sessions will be held on Friday. The first session, set to begin at 9 a.m., will feature the veteran cast, while the second practice, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature the Tide newcomers.

"Fan Day" 2014

Alabama will once again hold court on Saturday in terms of practice, while Sunday will be dedicated to the annual "Fan Day" experience.

The Sunday schedule will feature media obligations for various members of the Alabama coaching staff, followed by a 2:30 p.m. practice session which will be open to the public. At the conclusion of practice, as is customary, fans will be able to get autographs from the 2014 edition of the Crimson Tide football team.

Season preview

The month of August on The Crimson Elephant will be a mixed bag of practice and scrimmage reports as well as unit-by-unit position breakdowns.

As one would obviously expect, the month will culminate with a preview of the West Virginia Mountaineers and postgame commentary of the August 30 contest at the Georgia Dome.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ronnie Harrison gives verbal to Alabama

Originally committed to the University of North Carolina, four-star safety Ronnie Harrison has had a change of heart.

Going public with his new intentions, the pride of Tallahassee, Florida has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2015.
Standing 6-foot-3 and topping the scale at 205-pounds, Harrison selected the Crimson Tide over the aforementioned North Carolina as well as LSU. Harrison has visited the Alabama campus on two occasions.
Per various recruiting experts, Harrison's latest verbal commitment should be his final verdict in terms of where he'll sign in February, but as we all know, essentially everything is subject to change when it comes to recruiting. Having said that, today is obviously a significant day for Harrison as well as the Crimson Tide program.

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'Bama signee Montel McBride fails to qualify, JUCO bound

Offensive lineman Montel McBride, who signed with Alabama in February, has failed to qualify for enrollment.

Due to McBride's academic issues, the three-star prospect from Plant City, Florida is now expected to enroll at Iowa Western Community College. McBride becomes the first Alabama signee since Deion Belue in 2010 to fail to meet enrollment standards.
Now that McBride's fate is clear, Alabama now awaits word on the academic standing of running back Bo Scarbrough. Regarded as a five-star prospect, Scarbrough's status should be known within the coming week(s).
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