March 4, 2011

UA set to host elite group of juniors

TUSCALOOSA | A group of talented junior prospects are headed to Tuscaloosa this Saturday to check out the University of Alabama football program.

Alphonse Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman from Mobile's Davidson High School told me Thursday night that he was attending. He has offers from several schools in the southeast, including Alabama and Florida State, which are recruiting him the hardest.

As Greg reported last night, Harris County's (Georgia) linebacker/defensive end Jordan Jenkins is coming in with his mom and dad for the unofficial visit. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder expects to catch the Alabama-Georgia basketball game, talk with UA coaches and tour the engineering buildings and dorms.

Rivals Florida recruiting analyst Chris Nee confirmed on Thursday that Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast wide receiver Chris Black also plans to attend.

"I am planning to go to Alabama on Saturday," Black told Nee. "I am definitely looking forward to visiting Alabama. I am being recruiting by their defensive backs coach (Jeremy Pruitt). I have also talked to Coach (Nick) Saban about two times. They just got a new receivers coach (Mike Groh), and I am looking forward to meeting him and building a relationship."

As always, things are fluid with every visitor weekend as kids make last-minute decisions. Here are some more top prospects expected to visit the Capstone. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.

Prattville defensive lineman Justin Shanks and Class 6A state champions from Daphne T.J. Yeldon and Ryan Anderson are expected.

Reach Aaron Suttles at aaron.suttles@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0229.

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