- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
With all of the talent coming from Georgia for 2013, the Crimson Tide is making the Peach State a priority in recruiting. Alabama already has the commitment of one of the state’s top players in Reuben Foster, and a plethora of other top Georgia prospects are on the Tide’s radar. UA hosted a number of those recruits Saturday for its second junior day, and TideNation caught up with three of the players who made the trip.
WR Burse close to an offer
Alpharetta, Ga., wide receiver Carlos Burse didn’t get the scholarship offer he was hoping for Saturday when he visited the University of Alabama, but he feels like the Crimson Tide may still be close to offering.
Burse, who visited Tuscaloosa for UA’s junior day, said he expects to get an offer from Alabama, possibly as early as this week.
“They watched my tape, and they really like the way I play,” Burse said. “They’re looking for a player like me, and they’re hoping that we can have a great relationship.”
If Tide head coach Nick Saban were to extend an offer to Burse, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver believes it would be a quick decision, and he would commit to Alabama.
“They lost six receivers, so it puts me in a greater position to play early,” Burse said. “They lost three seniors, and they lost three other guys who weren’t working out for them, so it gives me a good chance of actually playing.”
Burse also likes Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.
LB Mustafaa excited about the Jack
Naim Mustafaa, Burse’s teammate at Alpharetta High School, didn’t come away with an offer Saturday but understands what he has to do to earn one.
“Since I played all year with my hand down, they have to be 100 percent sure that I can play the (Jack) position,” Mustafaa said. “They’re coming to see me in the spring because I’ll be playing that outside linebacker position. They said they just want to see me play there first before offering.”
Mustafaa, who is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, played defensive end last year but plans to move to outside linebacker as his high school team makes the transition to a 3-4 defense. Multiple schools are considering him as an edge rusher.
“I’m getting recruited for that position by a few schools, and I’m actually going to be playing there next year because my school got a new defensive coordinator and they switched me to that outside linebacker position in a 3-4," he said. "I’m excited about it. I always liked Georgia’s 3-4 and Bama’s 3-4, so I’m excited about playing it.”
DB Curry enjoys junior day visit
ESPNU 150 Watch List cornerback Darius Curry has eight scholarship offers, but like to Burse and Mustafaa, is hoping to land one from the Tide. On Saturday, he was in Tuscaloosa and went away pleased with the experience.
“It was a great trip,” Curry said. “They have a great college campus. It was good seeing some of the coaches and some of the recruits down there. Alabama is just a great college, and if they offered, it would definitely be one of my top schools.
“They told me on tape they liked what they saw. They liked me being a bigger corner, and they said that they’re going to come to my school during the spring and they want me to make it to a camp. Hopefully when that happens, they’ll offer.”
Curry already has offers from Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Tennessee and Western Kentucky. His brother, C.J. Curry, signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma State earlier this month.
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