September 26, 2011

Notebook: Commits talks visit

Lee enjoys visit, talks teammates

The University of Alabama only has six spots left in the 2012 recruiting class, but the UA coaching staff has two remaining targets from Buford High School, Kurt Freitag and Vadal Alexander, who were both in Tuscaloosa over the weekend on official visits.

The Crimson Tide has already found success recruiting the Buford, Ga., area with the commitment of linebacker Dillon Lee. Lee, who is teammates with Freitag and Alexander, was also on campus Saturday.

"It went really good," Lee said. "I had a great time with my family. We met with the coaches, checked into my hotel, did a little campus tour, came back and toured around the facilities at Mal Moore and then went over to the game.

"The coaches were saying they were happy I was there and glad that I came back for a game."

The Alabama staff may now want Lee to do a little recruiting of his own on Alexander, a four-star offensive lineman, and Freitag, a top tight end in Georgia. Both prospects wrapped up their visits and left on Sunday.

Lee talked with Freitag after the game, who said he had fun on his visit.

The Alabama commitment started some rumors of his own when he went to see his brother play at Georgia, but after attending Saturday's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, he couldn't believe the atmosphere.

"It was crazy," Lee said. "It was probably the loudest, most exciting game I've been to. I thought Alabama looked awesome. I thought they looked real good. I watched the linebackers that were playing like Dont'a (Hightower), Trey DePriest and some of the other guys."

Lee is already scheduled to be back in Tuscaloosa for the Tennessee game next month.

Birthday visit

It was quite the weekend for Alabama commitment Reggie Ragland, who celebrated his birthday on Friday.

Ragland had eight tackles for Bob Jones in a 28-13 win over Spain Park, one of the Patriots' biggest tests all year.

He was wished a happy birthday from UA head coach Nick Saban before attending the Crimson Tide's 38-14 win over Arkansas, and he finished off the weekend with a family cookout at his house on Sunday.

"I had fun," Ragland said. "I went down there and talked with Coach Saban before the game. He told me happy birthday and asked how my game went.

"I talked to Chris Black, Eddie (Williams), Tyler (Hayes), Ryan (Anderson), Dakota (Ball), Darren (Lake). I pretty much talked to everybody down there."

Ragland also saw Anderson's teammate T.J. Yeldon, an Auburn commitment, who was in Tuscaloosa for the game on Saturday. He didn't talk with the Daphne running back, but said that Anderson is working to sway his friend to come to Alabama with him.

"I talked to Ryan, and Ryan said that he was trying to convince T.J. to come to Alabama," Ragland said.

As for the game, Ragland kept a close eye on Crimson Tide linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw but thought the entire team looked great.

"They looked real good," Ragland said. "The offense was clicking. The defense was hitting. That's pretty much normal for Alabama."

The Bob Jones linebacker plans to come back in two weeks for the Vanderbilt game.

Linebackers unite
Alabama has one of the top linebacker classes in the country expected to enroll next year with Anderson, Lee, Ragland, and Tyler Hayes already committed and Jordan Jenkins looming as another possibility.

Jenkins and the four commitments were all on campus over the weekend to witness the Crimson Tide's victory.

Hayes, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete who's expected to play linebacker at the next level, got a chance to talk with the other linebackers in the 2012 class before the game.

"They look like good athletes, and apparently they are, if they are Division I prospects," Hayes said. "It will be nice to meet and play with new people."

The Thomasville High School star has been to all three Alabama home games this season and others in years past but said that Saturday's may have been the loudest.

"It was loud, I can you tell that," Hayes said. "I don't think I've been to a game that loud. I'm pretty sure the players were nervous because I know when I get there, I'll be nervous with a big crowd like that. That's a good thing, though.

"They looked strong. They came out hard, and they just played Alabama football."

Hayes also plans to return for UA's next home game against Vanderbilt.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg

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