Alabama Crimson Tide: FSU football

4-star Eddie Jackson picks Bama

January, 30, 2013
1/30/13
8:02
AM ET
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Eddie Jackson has come a long way. The four-star athlete was an unknown until late in the recruiting cycle. On Wednesday, he gave a verbal commitment to the University of Alabama, the reigning national champions.

“I like how the program is run,” Jackson said. “It’s just everything that they stand for. I can be that guy from Fort Lauderdale, the first guy to come up there and have a chance, a chance to go up there and play.”

The Florida native had a number of other offers to choose from including Florida State, LSU and Tennessee, but ultimately, he couldn’t turn down a chance to play for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

During his official visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month, Jackson sat down with the Alabama head coach, and Saban told the No. 54-ranked wide receiver that he has a chance to compete for a spot at cornerback as a freshman.

(Read full post)

Title in hand, LB Thomas sets visits 

January, 2, 2013
1/02/13
10:39
AM ET
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) said he wanted to win a state championship before he would deal with his recruitment.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./ University Lab) nears national signing day, all that remains between him and choosing a school is a few official visits.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

2014 LB Daub decommits from LSU 

November, 6, 2012
11/06/12
12:33
PM ET
Linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is no longer a commitment for LSU's 2014 class, his mother confirmed Tuesday.

Daub's reversal is the latest blurb in a long line of recruiting news for the Tigers this week -- though this is the first instance of bad news for LSU. The ESPN Watch List member projects to be one of the top players in the state of Florida next season, and he'll likely be one of the best defenders in the nation.

The decommitment doesn't come as a huge surprise with Daub, as he recently allowed earlier this season that he'd reopen his recruitment to other schools after having shut it down. The Tigers were hoping to reaffirm their status with Daub during last weekend's massive home game against Alabama, but he was unable to make the nine-hour trip.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

FSU commit White draws SEC interest 

October, 10, 2012
10/10/12
10:08
PM ET
Marquez WhiteGreg Ostendorf/ESPN.comMarquez White (Dothan, Ala./Northview) is committed to Florida State, but teams keep calling.
In six games this year, cornerback Marquez White (Dothan, Ala./Northview) has had the ball thrown his way just twice. The first time he gave up a catch, but Friday night he made the other team pay with his first interception of the season.

“That was probably my best game,” White said. “I’ve been playing real good all season, but this was probably my best all-around game. I got my first pick of the season, and that was probably the second time the ball had been thrown to my side this year. It’s been boring.”

Northview came up short in the game, dropping its record to 3-3 on the year, but White believes they could have won all six games. The four-star defensive back thinks they can still make a run to get in the playoffs.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Recruiting has picked up for Racean ‘Rock’ Thomas in recent weeks, but the 2014 running back might be ready to shut the process down and make a commitment. Thomas says he wants to try to make a decision sometime during the next few weeks.

The Oxford, Ala., native has double-digit scholarship offers, including an offer from nearly half of the teams in the SEC. Currently, Alabama, Florida State and LSU are the three schools that stand out.

Alabama: “I just like how close they are to home,” Thomas said. “They have great coaches. I like how they produce their running backs. They just make them a lot stronger when they come in, put some weight on them, make them be able to play the game better than they did in high school and make them great character-wise.”

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Every school has their own unique way of getting recruits' interests.

For Florida State and 2014 defensive end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett), overflowing a mailbox was the method of choice. The Seminoles sent more than 50 pieces of mail with their name on it in just over 48 hours.

FSU hadn't contacted Sawyer before. "No, that was their first time contacting me," Sawyer said. "It was over 50 letters and I got some more yesterday."

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

SEFFNER, Fla. -- Four-star running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) led his team Friday night to a 36-28 upset win over Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, the top-ranked school in class 6A.

The 5-foot-11, 197-pound totaled 44 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and added an acrobatic 52-yard reception. Bryant, whose two touchdowns went for 25 and 3 yards, also played defensive back for the Stallions in the second half.

As for recruiting, Bryant says South Carolina, Auburn and Georgia stand out, and now there is a new team in the mix for the talented running back.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

HOOVER, Ala. -- Early on, Auburn and Clemson stand out for 2014 linebacker Shaun Hamilton, but an offer from Alabama would put the Crimson Tide in the same company for the Montgomery, Ala., native. He thinks it might be coming soon.

“I went to there camp, and Coach [Kirby] Smart told me they would probably offer me by the end of the summer or after the season,” Hamilton said.

“Alabama is a great school. They have a great coaching staff. Coach Smart, he’s a football guru, and I really could see myself playing for him. Coach [Nick] Saban has a great defense, and they put players in the league.”

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) recently named Florida State his leader, and as he arrived Friday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Champion Gridiron Kings event, his recruitment remains unchanged.

"I am still open, but Florida State is still my leader," Thomas said. "They told me I could come in and compete for a starting job my freshman year. After them it is Alabama, Georgia, USC and Miami."


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

The University of Alabama already has commitments from O.J. Howard and Josh McNeil, two of the top five tight ends in the country, but that hasn’t stopped the Crimson Tide from going after one more in this class.

On Monday, ESPN 150 tight end Greg Taboada visited Tuscaloosa for the second time this summer. He toured the campus, talked with people in the business department and met with the coaching staff.

“Coach [Chris] Rumph is my main recruiter, and after the first time I was there, he had been getting on me to just come back one more time, so he could set up the whole tour,” Taboada said. “They just wanted me to come back one more time and get a better idea of what they’re about and all that.”

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) knows he should be thinking about his recruitment while camping at Florida State on a muggy Thursday morning.

[+] EnlargeMatthew Thomas
Corey Long, ESPN RecruitingNationESPN 150 LB Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) says last year's state-title-game loss motivates him during camp season.
But the 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior still can't get December out of his mind. Some of his teammates, many of whom took the trip to FSU with him, have moved on and tried to focus on the future.

For Thomas, however, a loss to Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles in the Class 4A state championship still stings hard. For three quarters, Thomas was clearly the best player on the field -- flying to the football, blocking a punt, forcing two fumbles and recording three tackles for loss. But something happened in the fourth quarter. Booker T. Washington took its foot off the pedal and Bolles capitalized to turn a 25-13 deficit into a 33-25 victory. Thomas is still shocked by what happened.

That's why Thomas, the No. 13 prospect in the nation who said at The Opening his two top schools are Alabama and Florida State, is sweating through Jimbo Fisher Camp in mid-July while many of the nation's other top prospects have shut things down for a few weeks. Thomas doesn't want to take anything for granted. Not on the field, not in recruiting, not in life.

Read the full story here.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Spring Game Wrap-Up: April 19
Spring games across the country finish up but still leave many unanswered questions for Alabama, Auburn, Texas and USC.Tags: Spring Games, Garry Paskwietz, Alex Scarborough, Max Olson, Greg Ostendorf
VIDEO PLAYLIST video