Tales From the Road: Alabama 

May, 22, 2013
Each week, Tales From The Road provides news and updates about where Alabama’s coaches are recruiting and which prospects are getting noticed.

This week’s targets: Spring practice is over in most states with the exception of California and Florida. Consequently, the Alabama coaching staff has made those two states a priority this week in recruiting. On Monday, UA offensive line coach Mario Cristobal made a stop at La Mirada (Calif.) High School. Even though it’s not his designated area, Cristobal likely wanted to see ESPN 150 tight end Tyler Luatua, who has been called an unbelievable blocker by his coach. La Mirada also has a 2014 offensive lineman, Michael Trani, who has seen his recruitment take off this spring. Cristobal made a stop at Corona (Calif.) Centennial on Tuesday to see ESPN 150 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao, and he’s also expected to see four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./John Bosco) while on the West Coast.

Area of interest: Louisiana is notorious for the talent that comes out of New Orleans every year, but some of the state’s top 2014 prospects hail from the northern part of the state, primarily the Monroe area. Alabama has found success there before with current linebacker Denzel Devall, but that would be nothing compared to the recruits to be had in this class. It starts with five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and ESPN 150 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), who both visited Alabama last month for A-Day. Last week, UA assistant coach Billy Napier was at Ouachita High School’s spring game to watch wide receiver Cameron Sims. He finished with four catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
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