Friday, November 8, 2013
Top recruits flocking to LSU-Alabama
By Gerry Hamilton
LSU and Alabama renew their rivalry on the field Saturday night, and also in recruiting. The home school in the showdown in recent seasons has had a stupendous visitors list. This year is certainly no different, with a bevy of talent in the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 expected in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Here is a look at some of the heavy hitters in 2014 who will be closely watching this year’s game:
RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine): The No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 300 is scheduled to attend on an unofficial visit. Considering LSU and Alabama are the top two, attending this game if the schedule permitted was a given. His younger brother and teammate, 2015 athlete Lanard Fournette, is also likely to attend.
Marlon Humphrey is the son of former Alabama All-America running back Bobby Humphrey.
CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover): The No. 9 prospect in the ESPN 300 will be making a third trip to watch the Crimson Tide this season, a week after watching Florida State dominate Miami. His recruitment likely will come down to Alabama vs. Florida State.
CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen): Brown, a five-star cornerback and the No. 11 overall prospect, will be making his official visit this weekend, and will make an official visit to Texas next week. Like Fournette, this elite athlete is considering LSU, where his sister runs track, and Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M and Ohio State.
LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): McMillan, the No. 12 prospect in the ESPN 300, also will be on an official visit this weekend in what will be a busy month, with trips planned to Clemson on Nov. 22 and Florida on Nov. 29. An Under Armour All-America selection, he already has made official visits to Georgia and Ohio State. The Buckeyes are thought to be the team to beat headed into the November visits.
S Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville): Jones, No. 22 in the ESPN 300, will be making an unofficial visit to watch his two finalists. An Under Armour All-America selection, Jones is scheduled to make an official visit to LSU on Nov. 23, and is tentatively scheduled to announce his decision Nov. 25. Alabama has been trending as the potential leader for Jones, who lives in the same city as Crimson Tide commitments Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish).
WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer): Dixon, who is ranked No. 39 overall, will be making an official visit as he closes in on a late November decision, with the Crimson Tide and Miami thought to be his leaders. The speedy playmaker also has made official visits to NC State (Sept. 6); Arkansas (Sept. 13); and Ohio State (Sept. 27).
WR Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East): Quick, the No. 40 prospect in the ESPN 300, will be in town for an official visit, having already made visits to Oregon, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. USC and UCLA also remain in contention for Quick, a slot receiver prospect.
OL Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): Mama, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound guard ranked No. 54 overall, made official visits in October to Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He will be making an official visit to see the Crimson Tide this weekend. While Alabama has seven offensive linemen committed, Nick Saban and his staff could sign another one. The head coach hire at USC could loom large in Mama’s recruitment.
LB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn): Evans, ranked No. 84, is another player who will be on hand on an unofficial visit. The uber-athletic hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end made an official visit to UCLA on Sept. 28 and is considering very-close-to-home Auburn, along with Georgia and the Crimson Tide. Auburn has been trending with the 6-3, 217-pound Evans, who at one time was considered to be a Georgia lean over both in-state powers.
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S C.J. Hampton (Meridian, Miss./Meridian): Hampton, an Ole Miss commit ranked No. 134, will be making yet another unofficial visit, with an official visit still to come. While the hard-hitting safety remains committed to the in-state Rebels, many believe the Crimson Tide could be the team to beat on signing day.
DL Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin): The top nose guard prospect on the board at No. 292 overall, Elam is scheduled to be in town on an unofficial visit, with official visits to Kentucky and Alabama looming in December. While Notre Dame has received an official visit and remains in the hunt, this race is expected to come down to staying home and playing for the Wildcats or heading south to play for the Crimson Tide.
DT Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton): The three-star, two-way lineman is another player the Crimson Tide have targeted for a while and will be in Tuscaloosa on an unofficial visit. Alabama is battling in-state Tennessee; Mosley will have his official visit with Alabama in December. The 6-5, 353-pound offensive guard and nose tackle prospect has been on campus in Knoxville twice since August.