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Monday, January 21, 2013
Rewind: Top recruits take in Tuscaloosa

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Coming off its second straight national championship, the University of Alabama hosted a parade on Saturday to honor this year’s team. With more than 30,000 people coming into town, it was a perfect weekend to host recruits, and the Crimson Tide took advantage, hosting 12 official visitors.

The group was highlighted by an ESPN 150 trio from the Peach State -- Montravius Adams, Vonn Bell and Alvin Kamara -- who all have Alabama among their final schools.

Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster took an official visit to Alabama and by alll accounts had a nice time.
After the visit, Kamara said he got everything answered that he needed to, including the questions he had about the future depth at running back. Alabama already has commitments from three potential backs in this class -- Derrick Henry, Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny.

“Coach [Nick] Saban basically broke down the running back depth by productivity and injury,” Kamara said. “I already know about the three in my class, and it doesn’t scare me. I feel that the role I play will be based on what I put in and if I take advantage of the opportunities I’m given.”

Kamara will take his official visit to Georgia next weekend, and said he’s still considering a visit to either Clemson, Florida State or Tennessee before signing day.

The trio from Georgia might as well have added one more name to the group as ESPN 150 Reuben Foster also took his official visit to Alabama this weekend. Foster played three years of high school football in Georgia before transferring to Auburn, Ala., for his senior season.

The former Tide commitment flipped to Auburn over the summer but has since reopened his recruitment. This weekend, he was looking to mend things with the UA staff.

Foster didn’t do any interviews on Sunday, but a number of fellow visitors, including 2014 Watch List star Bo Scarbrough and Alabama commitment Bradley Bozeman, hung out with him and said he had a good time on his visit.

“I guess it went good for him,” Bozeman said. “He seemed like he was having a pretty good time. We didn’t really talk about where he was going. We were just kind of hanging out this weekend. He’s going to do what he thinks is the best decision for him, and that’s what he needs to do. Hopefully, we’ll end up with him.”

Bozeman received some news of his own while on his official visit this weekend. He and the staff have agreed to a grayshirt, which opens up another spot in the 2013 class and also gives Bozeman a chance to heal from a torn ACL he suffered this fall.

“It’s the best decision for me,” he said. “It would give my knee time to heal, and let me come in more mature, bigger, faster, stronger and ready to actually compete for a spot.”

The extra scholarship could be used on a few of the other official visitors who were in town over the weekend including Tennessee defensive line commitment Jason Carr or possibly Florida athlete Eddie Jackson, a late-bloomer in this class.

The other Alabama commitments who took their official visits to Tuscaloosa this weekend included Jonathan Allen, Anthony Averett, Walker Jones and Darius Paige.

“It went great,” Allen said. “I got the chance to meet with a lot of players. I really enjoyed the whole thing. I definitely give it a 10 out of 10.”

The only Tide commitment to visit elsewhere was Tenpenny, who took an official visit to Arkansas. However, after the trip he said he’s still 100 percent to the Tide.