Alabama Crimson Tide: Michigan Recruiting

Watch List WR Josh Malone looking north 

October, 3, 2012
With recent SEC evaluations complete, it's time for Josh Malone to look north.

The ESPN 300 Watch List receiver from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp will visit Notre Dame for the Stanford game and Ohio State for the Michigan game on Nov. 24. Notre Dame has yet to offer Malone a scholarship, but that doesn't seem to be an issue.

Malone said he's fond of the Fighting Irish's tradition. He's also fond of former Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown.

Roundtable: Alabama, Michigan recruiting 

August, 30, 2012
Every other week, TideNation’s writers will answer a handful of questions that address a pressing topic regarding the Alabama football program. And with every Roundtable, we’ll see out the opinions of a guest. This week’s contributor is WolverineNation recruiting writer Tom Van Haaren.

Question: Alabama and Michigan kick off the 2012 season in Dallas on Saturday. What would a win do for recruiting?

Greg Ostendorf:
Alabama has become accustomed to not just playing in national spotlight games early in the season, but winning those games. That has paid dividends on the recruiting trail. It also doesn’t hurt to have won two national championships in the last three seasons. However, Michigan’s 2013 class is currently ranked higher than Alabama’s, so a win over the Wolverines on Saturday, especially if it’s in convincing fashion, could slow down the momentum for Brady Hoke and remind recruits of the SEC’s dominance during the last decade.

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Comparison: QBs McCarron, Robinson

August, 30, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron and Denard Robinson could not be two more different quarterbacks.

One lives and dies with the pass, the other is as comfortable running with the ball as he is throwing it.

But who is best; who does more with the ball: Robinson or McCarron?

No one doubts Robinson holds the edge in celebrity, but is he that much more effective a quarterback than his SEC counterpart?

With the help of the ESPN Stats and Information Department, let's break down the two quarterbacks in terms of passing, rushing and clutch situations:


Throws of 15 or more yards (career)

• Robinson has not improved much throughout the years on these passes. In 2011, he completed 38.1 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

• McCarron was 5 of 9 for 105 yards on throws of this distance in the BCS National Championship Game


Robinson’s long runs

• Robinson leads the FBS with 102 rushes of 10-plus yards since 2010. Robinson has had at least one such run every game during the last two seasons, including seven games with at least five such runs. A.J. McCarron has one rush of 10-plus yards in his career.
Most 10+ Yard Rushes Since 2010:

Denard Robinson, Michigan – 102

Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky – 91

LaMichael James, Oregon – 91
Robinson Designed Running Plays:

Clutch situations
In the red zone (2011):

Fourth-quarter passing (2011):

Third-down passing (2011):

Against the blitz (2011):

• McCarron completed 60.9 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interception against the blitz when facing SEC opponent last season, including 8 of 13 passes against LSU in the BCS National Championship game.

RB Derrick Green visits SEC schools 

July, 23, 2012
Derrick Green is weighing his options -- all of his options. The ESPN 150 running back has already visited nine schools this summer, and he made a trip south over the weekend to check out three more.

The trip began with a stop in Tuscaloosa to visit the University of Alabama. It was the first time the Richmond, Va., resident had been on the Crimson Tide’s campus.

“It was really nice,” Green said. “I got there, spoke to my position coach, spoke to Coach [Nick] Saban, toured the campus. I had a good time seeing the facilities. I got to speak with the strength and conditioning coach. I really like him a lot. It was overall a good trip.”

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Running back Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./North Ridge) hitched a ride to the University of Georgia with the unlikeliest of travel companions on Friday. The class of 2014 standout made the trip from Tuscaloosa to Athens with ESPN 150 Alabama commit Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn). Foster, who normally destroys running backs, went out of his way to help Scarbrough visit Georgia.

“He had never been to Athens before so I said, ‘Let’s go.’ ” Foster said. “He had a great time. He is going to be a beast.”

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