- Greg Ostendorf, SEC reporter
The most experienced unit returning from the University of Alabama’s national championship squad a year ago is the offensive line. However, the unit is likely to lose at least three starters after this season. With the Tide signing just two offensive lineman in 2012, the opportunity is there for a player to come in and make an early impact in this year’s class. Alabama already has three commitments on the line: Bradley Bozeman, Andy Dodd and Grant Hill. All three possess the ability to play either right tackle or guard, but none of them are ideal for the left tackle spot. The staff is still looking for that prototype left tackle, and it could also add a center in this class. Expect the class to have at least five, if not six offensive linemen when it’s all said and done.
Bradley Bozeman - Roanoke, Ala.
Bozeman, a native of Alabama, has been all Crimson Tide since the recruiting process began. He became the first member of the Tide’s 2013 class when he committed last June, and he’s taken an active role in trying to bring in other recruits. At 6-foot-5, he has the size to play tackle, and UA head coach Nick Saban told Bozeman he’d like to start him at right tackle when he gets to Tuscaloosa. He’s lost close to 20 pounds since his junior season ended, and he’s a step quicker as a result of it. At the Atlanta NFTC in April, Bozeman only got beat once in the one-on-ones and proved to be one of the top offensive linemen at the camp.
The most experienced unit returning from the University of Alabama’s national championship squad a year ago is the offensive line. However, the unit is likely to lose at least three starters after this season.