Sunday, June 27, 2010

Five-Star Prospects..."Crystal" Clear Future

Jan 6, 2010; Newport Beach, CA, USA; Citi BCS Bowl National Championship Press Conference at the Newport Marriott in Newport Beach, CA. Photo via Newscom
As a follow-up to the Jadeveon Clowney visit to Alabama, I want to provide some information concerning other five-star talent who plan to visit, (or have already visited), the University of Alabama this summer.

Before I mention several five-star prospects who are interested in the Crimson Tide, I will quickly make note of linebacker Brent Calloway of Russellville, Alabama.

Calloway (a five-star prospect) has already given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama, and is "scheduled" to sign on the dotted line in February.

The five-star catalog:

-Linebacker James Wilder Jr., a 6-2, 219-pound prospect from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, attended the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp this month and earned the Linebacker MVP award. Wilder is the son of former University of Missouri and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star James Wilder Sr. The Rivals 100 list ranks Wilder as the No. 3 high school prospect in the nation.

-Another five-star prospect who has shown high interest in Alabama is offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio. His brother Arie signed with Alabama in February and will be a freshman this fall. Kouandjio, who plans to visit Tuscaloosa in July, is a 6-6, 322-pound talent from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. The five-star lineman is rated No. 7 on the Rivals 100 list.

-Earlier this summer, highly touted running back Malcolm Brown visited the University of Alabama campus. Brown is a 6-0, 210-pound blue-chipper from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas. In a time where Alabama is quickly becoming the home for many talented running backs, Malcolm Brown is rated No. 10 on the Rivals 100 list.

-Virginia linebacker Curtis Grant made the trip to Tuscaloosa last week. Grant is a
6-3, 222-pound prospect from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia. He is rated No. 8 on the Rivals 100 list.

Will Alabama be able to snag all of the five-star talent listed above? Who knows? However, just the simple fact that five of the 11 five-star prospects have visited or plan to visit Alabama, is a fantastic sign for 2011…and beyond.

With a proven coaching staff in place, and the addition of superior talent, the future of Alabama football looks "crystal" clear.

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