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Monday, December 10, 2012
Weekend Rewind: Alabama

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the first time since early October, the University of Alabama had a weekend without a football game, and it gave the Crimson Tide coaching staff a chance to host a group of official visitors.

The most notable visitor was ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana), ranked No. 19 overall. The Louisiana native has narrowed down his list to Alabama and LSU and plans to make a decision in January at the Under Armour All-America Game. He enjoyed his official visit to UA over the weekend.

“The visit went real well,” Beckwith said. “It was great. I always enjoy it when I’m down there. There’s always something that stands out. The highlight this time was just hanging out with those players, hanging out with O.J. [Howard] and them and just seeing how cool those guys are. I could really see myself being around them for the next four years.”

Other undeclared recruits in town included ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite), who recently decommitted from USC, and offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Collierville, Tenn./Hargrave Military Academy), a former Alabama signee who is committed to Ole Miss.

Howard, of Prattville (Ala.) Autauga Academy, was the highest-ranked commitment to take his official visit, but he wasn’t the only Tide pledge in town. Quarterbacks Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood) and Parker McLeod (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and offensive linemen Leon Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./ASA Institute) and Grant Hill (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) all took their official visits over the weekend.

The group seemed to get along extremely well while in Tuscaloosa.

“One of the things that stood out to me was how everybody there, every recruit, got along,” Howard said. “Everybody was happy the whole weekend. If you get a good group of guys and everybody’s happy, it’s fun.”

ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) was originally expected to take his official visit this weekend, but the UA staff told him to wait until January when his senior season is done.