- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Roanoke, Ala./Handley offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman became the first member of Alabama’s 2013 recruiting class when he committed to the Crimson Tide last June.
Shortly after making his decision, Reuben Foster and O.J. Howard, a pair of ESPNU 150 Watch List stars, also joined the class. Since that time, the three have made a point to headline Alabama’s class and attract the top talent to Tuscaloosa for 2013.
“The original three that committed in the summertime, me, O.J. and Reuben, whenever we’re together, we’re constantly up and down the sidelines, talking to people,” Bozeman said. “I want the best people possible to be playing beside me that I can trust, and I know that they’re going to do what they’re supposed to do.”
Since committing, Foster and Howard have entertained offers from other schools and even visited competing SEC schools, but not Bozeman. The in-state lineman received an offer and knew right away where he wanted to go to school.
“Alabama made a wise, wise decision to go on and offer him early, but of course, he’s true Alabama. It’s in his blood,” Handley head coach Mike Battles said.
With his decision behind him, Bozeman can focus on preparing for his senior season and making a run at another state championship. He also intends to get leaner and stronger before he eventually enrolls at Alabama.
Bozeman was 6-foot-5, 320 pounds when he suited up in December’s state title game. Since that game, he’s lost 20 pounds but plans to gain that weight back in muscle mass.
“I was wanting to come down in fat and build back up in muscle,” Bozeman said. “Alabama just said the leaner you are, the better off you’ll be. Actually, we just got a personal trainer last Saturday, and I’ve been working with him.”
Handley High School begins their spring practice on April 30 when they will work out for 10 days before taking part in a scrimmage against Class 6A’s Pinson Valley.
Before that, Bozeman is scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s spring game.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “I love being up there. It feels like home up there. Everybody knows me by name when I walk in. It just feels like my family.”
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