December 6th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, recruiting, Rivals, SEC
Alabama’s hope of winning its fourth BCS championship in the last five years was likely dashed by its fierce rival. There’s still hope, but that likely rests on the shoulders of Duke as it tries to upset No. 1 Florida State this weekend.
The consolation prize for Alabama: the Crimson Tide is all but assured of winning its sixth recruiting national championship in seven years.
Alabama received two commitments this week from safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones from Neville High School in Monroe, La., and defensive lineman Jarren Reed from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss.
Alabama 24 commitments in its 2014 class, which has a comfortable hold on No. 1 in the Rivals Team Rankings.
Alabama’s loss to Auburn has rejuvenated the Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering their popularity in recent months. But they haven’t appeared to cause any concern among recruits.
“(Saban) told me he is too old to build another program,” Jones, who chose Alabama over LSU, told TideSports.com. “He would rather keep what he has now. He wants to retire at a place where he loves. He doesn’t want to go somewhere and try to rebuild. He may not be able to rebuild by the time he is ready to retire.”
There is no rebuilding at Alabama, just reloading. And Reed will help with that. The former Florida signee chose Alabama because he wants to help the Crimson Tide return to winning SEC and BCS titles.
“I felt like Alabama was the best place for me,” Reed told TideSports.com. “I can become a better person and player. Everything stands out to me about their program, the football aspect and the academics, the graduation rate.
“It’s an elite program. I want to be the best I can be. I want to play with the best.”
Alabama is focused on once again securing the best class in the nation. The Crimson Tide’s list of top uncommitted targets includes running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans, cornerback Marlon Humphrey from Hoover, Ala., linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Hinesville, Ga., and cornerbacks Tony Brown from Beaumont, Texas, and Jalen Tabor from Washington, D.C.
Fournette and Tabor will take official visits to Alabama next weekend, as will wide receiver Travis Rudolph from West Palm Beach, Fla., and offensive lineman Brian Wallace from St. Louis. Alabama commitments David Cornwell and Cameron Robinson are expected to be in Tuscaloosa that weekend helping Alabama’s coaches recruit the uncommitted prospects.
Me and @crobinson_68 are about to put the cherry on top of this recruiting class this weekend, big weekend for this class and bama football
— DC (@DavidCornwell5) December 6, 2013
The week hasn’t been easy for Alabama or its fanbase, and a long offseason is sure to come as the Crimson Tide prepares to replace quarterback AJ McCarron. But there’s good news for Alabama. More help is on the way.
Malone the latest to choose Tennessee
Wide receiver Josh Malone from Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn., gave Tennessee good news when he committed to the Vols on Wednesday.
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