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Monday, January 28, 2013
Rewind: Tide targets take SEC visits

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After hosting back-to-back important official visitor weekends, the University of Alabama looked on this weekend as many of their remaining 2013 targets visited other schools such as Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.

The most notable visitor list was in Athens, Ga., as the Bulldogs hosted ESPN 150 stars Montravius Adams, Reuben Foster and Alvin Kamara -- all Crimson Tide targets.

Kamara, who took his official visit to Alabama last weekend, enjoyed his time at UGA, but was he as comfortable as when he goes to Tuscaloosa?

“I always got good vibes from Alabama and Tuscaloosa,” he said. “Everything kind of flows and has a good bit of feng shui about it. Same here, not as comfortable, but like I said, this was my first time I was really here for an extended amount of time, so I just have to go off that.”

After Kamara’s visit, Georgia offered Vanderbilt running back commitment Johnathan Ford, which could be another indication that Kamara is favoring the Tide. He’s set to announce his decision on national signing day.

Other Alabama targets who took official visits elsewhere over the weekend included ESPN 150 defensive back Vonn Bell (Tennessee), rising athlete Eddie Jackson (LSU) and five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Notre Dame).

The UA coaching staff did have a couple of key 2013 visitors in town. Junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed, an Ole Miss commitment, made a surprise visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend, and Michigan defensive line commitment Henry Poggi was also on campus.

However, the weekend ultimately belonged to the 2014 class as the Tide hosted their first junior day of the year. Over 30 of the nation’s top prospects for next year, many on the ESPN Watch List, got a first-hand look at the Alabama football program on Saturday.

The group of visitors included many of the top in-state prospects as well as a top quarterback from California, but it was the Peach State recruits who dominated the day.

“It went pretty good,” said Georgia junior Bryson Allen-Williams. “I just got to sit down and talk with Coach [Nick] Saban. Coach [Kirby] Smart was with me and Nick [Glass] the whole day. They were just showing us around campus, showing us what Alabama football is all about.

Allen-Williams, Glass and Demarre Kitt all made the trip together. Last week, Allen-Williams was told Alabama would offer a scholarship. On Saturday, it became official. He received a Tide offer from Saban in his office.

Other prospects who received offers on Saturday included running back Nick Chubb, safety Cortez McDowell and wide receiver Cameron Sims.

“Coach Saban said, ‘We’re interested in you, we want you to be here,’ and he gave me a scholarship,” Chubb said. “I was speechless. I don’t even remember if I said thank you or not.”

Next weekend, the focus turns back to the 2013 class as Alabama is scheduled to host Vanderdoes, a former USC commitment, on an official visit.