Alabama Crimson Tide: Dallas Warmack

Atlanta NFTC awards 

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The NFTC tour continued to roll on with a stop in Atlanta this past weekend. The event featured a very strong roster of talent, including a pair of top-five prospects in the ESPN Junior 300. No group was lean on talent, with plenty of promising 2015 and even 2016 prospects to evaluate. It's tough to name everyone who competed and did well. Below are some of the event's top and most notable performers in the latest addition of the Recruiting Nation NFTC Awards.


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Atlanta NFTC notebook 

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ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp is generally one of the most impressive groups of high school football players you will find in the country. This year’s camp didn’t disappoint. Eight invites were handed out to The Opening, a prestigious invite-only camp held in Beaverton, Ore., in July.


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Programs off to fast start in 2015 

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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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SEC recruiting storylines: Nov. 7 

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It’s been a busy week in recruiting in the SEC already, but the beginning of the week is only the start with two announcements Friday that could impact SEC recruiting class, and the annual LSU-Alabama showdown that draws almost as many top prospects as a postseason all-star game.


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#AskLoogs: Projecting Tide in 2015

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The recruiting calendar just seems to become more and more accelerated, and that means coaching staffs must internally evaluate their current numbers, depth and talent level projecting at least two years out. At Alabama, perhaps as much or more than any other program in college football right now, this also means they must prepare for early departures to the NFL, which can sneak up on you and leave you with unexpected holes if you don’t prepare in advance. As it stands right now, Alabama has five verbal commitments, all of which are in the ESPN Junior 300. At quarterback they are adding more youth and depth to enhance competition at the position, considering they do not yet know who will succeed AJ McCarron. They got one of the two best West Coast QBs in Ricky Town out of California. Right now it might look like Alabama is stocked at running back, but if history tells us anything, those guys are three-and-out NFL draft choices, which is why RB DeSherrius Flowers is a must in-state take and a nice fit for the power run game — a blend between Mark Ingram and T.J. Yeldon. DE Mekhi Brown has a Barkevious Mingo feel to him. Mingo was about 185 pounds out of high school as an explosive edge rusher, and Brown is built in a similar mold, but is likely to play in the role currently occupied by Adrian Hubbard. OG Dallas Warmack (should be a familiar name to Bama fans) and S Deionte Thompson round out this early crop. To be honest, the earlier you gain commits, the more you have to project and the bigger the risk. This is why Alabama has traditionally avoided a high volume of underclassman commits, unless they can get them in camp early on.
RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban made a trip to ESPN headquarters Monday, but he made a point to get back and visit with ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta/Mays), who was in town for a visit. Warmack, whose brother, Chance, was an All-American for the Tide last year, was a priority for Alabama.

It was a good thing the UA coach made it back in time because the younger Warmack committed before he left town. However, it wasn’t Saban who sealed the deal. It was new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPNDallas Warmack will follow his brother, Chance, to Alabama.
“I visited Alabama today and met with Coach Cristobal,” Warmack said. “He showed me the schemes they run and how it would fit with me. I was already in love with Alabama. I just had to check out Coach Cristobal, and I fell in love with everything he was doing there.

"I already knew about Coach Saban, the team. I saw the new facilities for the first time, and I loved it. They have a room just for the offensive line. It was a huge room and had all the All-Americans that went there. I fell in love with it.”

If it’s not already, Chance Warmack’s name will be on that wall. Although Dallas says he didn’t choose Alabama because of his older brother, it still had an impact on his decision.

“I’ve always loved Alabama,” Dallas said. “I’ve been going there since I was 10, so I guess it made a big difference.”

Even with all trips to Tuscaloosa and memories of Alabama, Dallas says his favorite memory came Monday when he gave his verbal commitment to Saban with his family by his side. He hadn’t talked to his brother yet, but he planned to call him on the way back to Atlanta.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound offensive lineman becomes the Tide’s fourth commitment for 2015, joining fellow ESPN Junior 300 stars Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver), DeSherrius Flowers (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) and Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark).

Warmack had offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, but he doesn’t plan to take to any visits to other schools.

“I’m done. I’m committed,” he said. “I wanted to commit before my junior season because I wanted to focus on my high school team. It also had to do with making a relationship with my coaching staff in the two years before I go there. And they said they’re going to honor my scholarship even if I get hurt.”
It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2015 class. The University of Alabama already has three commitments and could add another by the end of the week. With the Tuesday’s debut of the 2015 ESPN 300 rankings, we take a look at the Crimson Tide’s top 10 targets for 2015.

1. DT Daron Payne (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley)
6-foot-3, 318 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 30

The word got out quickly on Payne. In May, the ESPN 300 defensive lineman picked up his first offer, and in little over a week he already had six offers, including both major in-state programs, Alabama and Auburn. This summer, he moved to the top of the Tide’s board with a dominant performance at their OL/DL camp. Many believed he was the top lineman in attendance regardless of class. The rising junior is the top player in the state for 2015.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- The recruitment for offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta/Mays) might be over before it really begins. Last month he picked up an offer from the Bulldogs after working out with offensive line coach Will Friend. Alabama offered the following week, and Tennessee offered on Tuesday. Warmack may not give anyone else a chance.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine) made a third trip to the University of Alabama over the weekend for the Crimson Tide’s OL/DL camp. It was his best trip yet.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Godchaux was one of the standouts at the one-day camp. Afterwards, UA head coach Nick Saban met with him in his office and offered a scholarship. Saban said he still wants to check on his grades, but based on what he had seen on film and at the camp, it was enough to warrant an offer.


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