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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Will Hamilton Begin Strong Week For Alabama?

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxAlabama seemed past due for a commitment when the week began.

The Crimson Tide entered the week with only three commitments for the 2013 class. It had been almost a month (March 19) since defensive back Chris Williams from Kingsland, Ga., had given his pledge to Alabama.

That’s why the timing was right for linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton to commit to the Crimson Tide on Wednesday. The standout from Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., chose Alabama over Auburn and Tennessee.

“(Alabama) is a great program,” Hamilton said, according to “Coach (Nick) Saban is a great coach. They’re known for winning championships, you know they’re going to be in a BCS bowl every year. I just love Alabama.”

Alabama would love to add to its class this weekend. With A-Day coming up for Alabama on Saturday, many of the nation’s top prospects will be in Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide play their spring game.

The list of talented prospects planning to visit Alabama this weekend include quarterback David Cornwell from Norman, Okla., linebackers Clifton Garrett from Joliet, Ill., and Tre Williams from Mobile, Ala., cornerback Marlon Humphrey from Hoover, Ala., and defensive tackle Elisha Shaw from Atlanta.

That’s just the beginning of a strong list of prospects who plan to visit Tuscaloosa this weekend. The list is also fluid, of course. Prospects often plan to make trips only to change their mind and stay home.

Humphrey, who’s been busy with his track season, could decide to stay home this weekend, according to But that wouldn’t diminish his importance to Alabama’s class.

Humphrey, whose father played football at Alabama, is one of the top targets on the Crimson Tide’s board. A recent profile from ESPN RecruitingNation explained why:

“Not only is Humphrey the top player in the state, he’s also an Alabama legacy. However, the coaching staff wants him because of his ability to play. He’s physical. He’s long. He’s fast. He makes plays. He’s just what Nick Saban wants in a cornerback.”

Alabama fans would probably like to see more commitments. Alabama’s 2014 class is ranked No. 14 in the nation by, which is sixth best in the SEC. Still, only Southern California has four or less commitments and is ranked higher (No. 12) than Alabama.

Crimson Tide fans have nothing to worry about with the 2014 class. Alabama still has its championships and Nick Saban to sell to prospects.

And with a large collection of highly-touted prospects on campus this weekend, expect more prospects to follow Hamilton’s lead and commit to the Crimson Tide soon.


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