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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
OL Bozeman gets call to report to Bama

By Greg Ostendorf

After accepting a grayshirt from the University of Alabama, four-star offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (Roanoke, Ala./Handley) was preparing to join the Crimson Tide in January. However, the 2013 prospect got a call from UA assistant coach Bobby Williams on Tuesday, telling him to report to Tuscaloosa the next day. The grayshirt had been lifted.

“I’m not really sure the reason behind the decision,” Bozeman said. “I was just told to be ready to come in tomorrow. They told me to be prepared. There was a possibility that I might be able to come in, but it was never a solid fact. Now we’re going in.

Bradley Bozeman
Alabama OL commit Bradley Bozeman was one of several Crimson Tide recruits that were excited about Bama's BCS title-game win.
“I was excited of course. We were lining up for January, but either one is a great opportunity. Either way, you can’t go wrong. They’re the best program in the nation. You can’t argue with that. I know they’re going to make the best decision for them and for me. I’m ready to get out there and start putting work in.”

The initial reason for the grayshirt was because Bozeman was still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last fall. However, the 6-foot-5, 306-pound offensive lineman moved to Birmingham with his cousin this summer and has been working out five days a week. He says he’s very close to 100 percent.

Despite the injury and reporting late, Bozeman still has a lofty goal for his first year at Alabama.

“My goal is to start,” he said. “That’s the only way to be. If you don’t go for the top, then you’re not going for nothing. I’m just going to put everything I’ve got into it, bust my butt and we’ll see what the outcome is. If I’m starting, I’m starting, and if I’m not, I’m going to keep working.”

Camp begins on Friday for the Crimson Tide.