Pair of Alabama recruits get a chance to recommit
With the arrival of the summer months, football camps are prevalent across the country as recruits from the Class of 2013 and 2014 get the opportunity to impress college coaching staffs in-person.
This past weekend Alabama held its first camp of the summer, hosting top uncommitted national recruits who will be juniors and seniors in 2012. Nick Saban and Co. also did their best to solidify the commitments of the top recruits who have already pledged that they will be in Tuscaloosa next fall.
Names such as pro-style quarterback Cooper Bateman as well as running backs Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones sit near or at the top of many recruting analysts' top players lists for the Class of 2013. However, two of the biggest names committed to the Crimson Tide for 2013, inside linebacker Reuben Foster and tight end O.J. Howard, have begun to worry Tide fans because of recent visits to Auburn as well as glowing comments about the Tigers. The pair visited Tuscaloosa over the weekend to hang out with fellow committed 'Bama recruits, and according to a report from BamaOnline.com, both remain solid Tide commits.
It's easy to see why many Tide fans would be worried about Foster flipping his commitment seeing as how he attends Auburn High School (Auburn, AL). The 6-2, 242-pounder, who committed to Alabama last July, attended school in Georgia before transferring across state lines to Auburn High, where his teammates include Cameron Luper and Blaise Taylor — sons of Auburn University assistant coaches. Besides Alabama and Auburn, Foster has strong ties to Georgia, as well. The question is whether Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who is leading the recruiting of Foster, can keep him committed to the Tide. The star linebacker had 144 tackles, including 32 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks last season.
Check out highlights of Foster's junior season below.
Howard, meanwhile, is an Autauga Academy (Prattville, AL) product who can play a variety of positions but is slated to play tight end at the next level. The 6-6, 225-pounder committed to Tuscaloosa on the same day as Foster last July. Howard said that he is solid behind Alabama and does not want to disrespect the program by eyeing other schools. He also mentioned that he is excited about the commitment of Bateman, one of the nation's top quarterback prospects in the country.
Check out highlights of Howard's junior season below.
It's important to keep in mind that in the game of recruiting, ambiguity and uncertainty are everyday occurrences. Howard certainly seems, at least at this moment, a little more secure in his commitment to Alabama than Foster. But then again, we are only just beginning the month of June. There is plenty of time for recruits to play the field and ponder other schools.
So until the players sign their Letters of Intent next February, fans of the Crimson Tide will remain nervous while hoping Saban and Co. can once again land the nation's top class.
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