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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Alabama impresses prospects in win

By Gerry Hamilton

Saturday night in Tuscaloosa was yet another statement game for the back-to-back defending national champions against an Ole Miss team with momentum and designs on ascending to the top of the SEC West.

And as expected, there were a number of top prospects from the classes of 2014 and 2015 on hand -- and watching on television.

Alabama commitment and ESPN 300 defensive tackle O.J. Smith (Bossier City, La./Airline High) said Alabama did what championship teams do.

“Alabama played a very good game,” Smith said via text message. “Ole Miss is a top team, and couldn’t have played a power house team like Bama better. Alabama had some ups and downs, but like a championship team ... we came together at the half and came out with the win.”

Alabama quarterback commitment and Under Armour All-America David Cornwell (Norman, Ok./Norman North High) enjoyed the win and the time spent with the Alabama coaching staff.

“Great experience. Nice to be back in Tuscaloosa, which is feeling more like home. Awesome to have time with Coach [Nick] Saban and Nuss [Coach Doug Nussmeier] and enjoy the win.” Cornwell said via text.

Obviously, he spent time recruiting Ole Miss commitment and ESPN 300 safety C.J. Hampton (Meridian, Ms./Meridian High) during and after the game.

“Crazy [atmosphere], 3rd and goal and 4th and goal were awesome. CJ Hampton from Mississippi looked at me like this is awesome!” he said.

The nations No. 3 ranked prospect, No. 1 offensive tackle and Alabama commitment Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe High) summed up the 25-0 final.

Roll Tide!!! 4-0pic.twitter.com/jGx1Pw6H1e

— Cameron Robinson (@crobinson_68) September 28, 2013


ESPN Junior 300 safety Kerryon Johnson was as impressed seeing commitment Robinson in person as anything that happened on the field.

Just saw Cam Robinson…yep hugepic.twitter.com/jGx1Pw6H1e

— Kerryon Johnson (@@AyeyoKEJO) September 28, 2013


ESPN 300 wide receiver and Under Armour All-America selection Jesse Jackson (Petal, Ms./Petal High) was one of a handful of uncommitted prospects in the class of 2014 on hand.

“It was very loud,” Jackson said via text. “The facilities have even grown since I visited in the summer.”

Jackson’s high school teammate, ESPN Junior 300 No. overall Javon Patterson (Petal, Ms./Petal High) also made the trip to Tuscaloosa for the game. He left in awe of the gameday experience.

“The game atmosphere was very live, and you could feel the hype.” Patterson said via text.