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Prospect camp: Five to watch

6/4/2012

The University of Alabama’s first summer prospect camp began on Sunday and will run through Wednesday. The Crimson Tide coaching staff is expected to host an elite group of prospects, coming in from all over the country. Here are five recruits to watch as the camp unfolds.

Cornerback Brendan Langley

Although it’s still a fluid situation, Alabama is currently the leader for Langley. Getting him on campus for the first prospect camp can only help the Crimson Tide’s chances of securing a commitment from the ESPN 150 cornerback. On Saturday, Langley competed in a 7-on-7 tournament at Central Gwinnett High School, and he helped lead Kell High School to the title with 10 touchdowns and a number of interceptions. That didn’t stop the Georgia native from still making the trip to Tuscaloosa where he plans to compete in the camp on Monday. Langley should be one of the top players in attendance, and if everything goes well, there’s a chance he could leave town committed to Alabama.

Athlete Kendell Beckwith

Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil may be the top recruit in town this week, but the highest ranked player expected to work out is Beckwith. The ESPN 150 star has nothing to prove at the camp, but he’s still planning to compete just like everybody else. It will be interesting to see where all the UA coaching staff lines him up at. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound athlete has been mentioned as a possibility at the Jack linebacker spot, but with the recent addition of Jonathan Allen, the Tide may move Beckwith around this week and see where else he can play. The Louisiana native still has the same top two of Alabama and LSU, but no decision is imminent at this point.

Quarterback Parker McLeod

All of the talk coming into this camp was centered around the quarterback position and who Alabama would take. That has died down some since ESPN 150 signal caller Cooper Bateman committed to the Tide last month. Bateman still made the trip and expects to throw at the camp this week, but the question now is who will UA take as the second quarterback in this class. Alabama offered McLeod a week before the camp, but head coach Nick Saban wants to see him throw at the camp first before taking a commitment. If everything goes well, and he’s able to impress Saban, McLeod could become the next member of the 2013 class before he leaves town. Another option is Riley Ferguson who is also expected to throw at the camp on Monday.

Wide Receiver James Cox

The Alabama coaching staff is very familiar with Cox. He goes to high school in their backyard. Although the local wide receiver has seen his recruitment start to take off this spring, he hasn’t received that coveted offer from the Crimson Tide yet. Cox is hoping he can earn that offer this week with a strong performance at Alabama’s camp. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was impressed with what he saw from Cox at the Northridge High School spring game last month, and the UA assistant was eager to get him to camp. If Cox receives an offer, expect a quick decision from the Tuscaloosa native. That could also help the Tide’s chances with Cox’s teammate, 2014 star Bo Scarbrough, who will also be working out this week.

Athlete Leroy Clark

Clark is one of over a dozen recruits who made the trip from Miami to Tuscaloosa to compete in Alabama’s camp this week. He may be the most talented of the bunch, but he’s still looking for that elusive offer from the Crimson Tide. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback already holds offers from major powers like Florida and Oklahoma, but the fact that he made the trip shows he’s serious about Alabama. There’s no doubt he will have to leave quite the impression with Saban if he wants to walk away with an offer as a cornerback. Other prospects in the group that came up from Miami include cornerback Lamar Robbins, running back Lorenzo Woodley and 2014 wide receiver Jacob McCrary.