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Friday, March 1, 2013
New UA weight room impresses recruits

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama is usually ahead of its competition when it comes to recruiting, and a prime example of that is the Crimson Tide’s brand new 37,000-square-foot weight room.

UA strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran led the media on a tour of the $9 million facility on Wednesday.

“Obviously, it’s jaw-dropping,” he said. “But I think if you see not only is this stuff brand new and nice, it’s no different than every before. It’s hard work that we’re going to put into it. Things don’t change.”

Alabama strength and conditioning facility
Alabama's brand-new strength and conditioning facility is already wowing recruits.

The weight room’s main purpose will still be to facilitate the current players on campus, but it will also serve as a recruiting tool for the Tide.

It was no coincidence that the new facility opened just in time for Alabama’s junior day this past weekend. Over 100 prospects were in town, and they all got a full tour of where they will be working out if they choose the Tide.

Recruits’ reaction

CB Tony Brown

"Crazy! It was outrageously immaculate, and in the most ideal position in relation to the indoor facility, the locker room and the training room."

RB Johnathan Vickers

"It was crazy. I heard about it before I went, and it everything everybody said it was. They’ve got a lot of new stuff like the nutrition center. It’s great."

CB Kalvaraz Bessent

"It’s a real big weight room. They’ve got nice speakers in there. With the new speakers they’ve got, it’s crazy. They were playing rap music, music I listen to."

DT Elisha Shaw

"It’s clean."

Adam Park, father of QB Jacob Park

"The facilities, they’re very impressive. When you win three national championships out of four, I guess you can have things like that. Very, very, very big weight room. They just built it two weeks ago."

LB Shaun Dion Hamilton

"It’s awesome -- the best looking and biggest weight room I’ve ever seen."

ATH Kerryon Johnson (2015)

"That weight room is very impressive. They made something big and good just bigger and better. It was great to be in there."