- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
The University of Alabama’s last prospect camp of the summer kicked off on Sunday and will run through Wednesday. The camp will feature top prospects from both 2013 and 2014, but it is highlighted more by the underclassmen who are expected to compete. Here’s a look at five prospects to keep an eye on as the camp unfolds.
Defensive end Demarcus Walker
For Walker, this will be his third visit to Tuscaloosa in the last four months. He’s starting to become a regular on Alabama’s campus. Although the Florida native doesn’t plan to participate in the Crimson Tide’s camp, it’s big to get him back on campus, and another solid visit can only help. When Robert Nkemdiche committed to Clemson in June, Walker became even more important to Alabama’s class, as the ESPN 150 defensive end fills the Tide’s need for a 3-4 defensive end. Walker has narrowed his list to Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Florida State and plans to make a decision next month.
Cornerback Marquez White
White committed to Florida State in May, but that hasn’t stopped the Crimson Tide from recruiting him. When White, a lifelong Alabama fan, picked up an offer from UA in June, it gave him something to think about. This weekend, he’s visiting Tuscaloosa, where a possible flip is not out of the question if everything goes well. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback is considered one of the Tide’s top targets at the position, and it’s hard for any defensive back to turn down the chance to play for UA head coach Nick Saban. Even if he sticks with his commitment to FSU, this one is not over until signing day.
Linebacker Walker Jones
It’s almost been a foregone conclusion that Jones follows his brothers to Alabama, but the youngest of the three continues to look around at other schools and enjoy the recruiting process. After a visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend, Jones is expected to be back in Tuscaloosa this week to compete in the Tide’s camp. Although he already has an offer from Alabama, it will give the three-star linebacker another chance to impress the UA coaching staff. Jones is expected to make a decision in the next month, and if he ends up choosing Alabama, it could help fill a need after Reuben Foster’s flip to Auburn.
Linebacker Shaun McGee
In June, McGee competed at Alabama’s first summer prospect camp and did well enough to earn a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide. Immediately, Alabama became one of his top schools. Last Friday, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker went to Georgia’s Dawg Night, and when UGA offered, the Bulldogs jumped to the top of his list. McGee plans to return to Tuscaloosa this week for the Tide’s camp, and it might be Alabama’s last chance to make an impression on the three-star prospect. The Georgia native says this will be his last visit, and a decision could come in the next week or two. Will Alabama be able to sway him on this trip?
Defensive end Da’Shawn Hand
The most talented player at Alabama’s camp this week could very well be Hand, considered by most to be the top prospect in the 2014 class. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end arrived in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and plans to stay through the entirety of the camp. Hand has offers from virtually every major program in the country, but the Tide are thought to be one of his early favorites in the recruiting process. If he enjoys his visit to UA, it could put Alabama on top for one of the nation’s top prospects. The camp will also give the Alabama coaching staff an idea of his skill set and where they want to use him if he decides to participate.