Alabama Football Recruiting 2013: 9 Targets Still Remaining for the Crimson Tide
While many may feel Alabama is still celebrating their BCS championship over Notre Dame, the Crimson Tide coaches are actually back on the recruiting trail trying to hustle up a No. 1 class.
Right now, they're trying to catch the No. 1 ranking and the only way to surpass the Gators is for 'Bama to hit on several of their remaining uncommitted targets.
This piece will review the top nine prospects still left for Alabama who would not only boost the Tide's recruiting class but also help get the No. 1 recruiting spot.
Alabama may not land all nine of these players, but they have their hands in the pot with all of them.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
Vanderdoes is a USC decommit and Alabama is one of the schools he will look at before he makes a final decision, per Scout.com.
The 6'3', 305-pounder from Northern California has classic 3-4 DE/NT skills and strength, which fits the 'Bama defensive scheme. Vanderdoes has the size and power to handle himself well in the SEC trenches.
I'm sure Alabama will definitely pay him an in-home visit before signing day.
Tim Williams, DE
TideNation.com talked to Williams after his trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend and things appear to have gone well. In fact, Williams implied that Alabama is his new leader.
The 6'4", 230-pound DE is from LSU territory in Baton Rouge, but he seems to be ready to leave the Bayou.
Miami and Florida State are the two main foes for Williams in opposition to the Crimson Tide.
Vonn Bell, DB
Ohio State and Tennessee are the main competition to Alabama for Bell, who stands 6'0" and 190 pounds. His ball skills, play speed and versatility would make him an excellent safety under Nick Saban.
Scout.com lists Bell as scheduled to be at Alabama on Jan. 19, after he spent last weekend at Ohio State. Bell's decision could swing in any of his three finalists' direction, but I think he knows the added perk that comes with playing DB for an NFL style defense like Alabama's.
Montravius Adams, DT
Adams is considering a number of schools and Alabama is one of them. The Peach State DT prospect is a raw but uber-talented 6'3", 310-pounder with Marcell Dareus-like potential.
The Crimson Tide are pursuing Adams hard and Scout.com says he will be visiting with the Tide this weekend. He likely won't make a decision until signing day, and his recruitment is one of the hardest to figure out and make a prediction about.
Alvin Kamara, RB
'Bama is in the middle of standoff with Georgia for Kamara, who is scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa this coming weekend, according to Scout.com.
The 5'10", 192-pound RB from Georgia would be a great addition for the Tide. He grades out as an elite runner on my board and could develop into a complete back.
Alabama will definitely put the press on Kamara this weekend during his visit.
Antonio Conner, S
The 6'1", 200-pound Mississippi prospect is considering Alabama along with Ole Miss and even Auburn, per AUTigers.com. Conner paid Tuscaloosa a visit this past weekend and one has to imagine that he was being sold on playing with HaSean Clinton-Dix and Landon Collins.
I still like Ole Miss' chances with Conner, however, Auburn is coming on strong and he seems be very intrigued by the Crimson Tide. He'll probably decide a few days before signing day.
Matthew Thomas, OLB
According to Scout.com, Thomas took a visit to Alabama last weekend. He's a prospect that has had a fluid recruitment.
'Bama may have been the favorite in the summer, and they're trying to capitalize on that and seal the deal now. However, Florida State is thick in the mix and you can't count out hometown favorite Miami.
Thomas is a 6'3", 210-pound OLB that can also rush the passer and would hypothetically team with current commit DE Jonathan Allen to give the Tide a daunting pass-rushing tandem for the future.
Laremy Tunsil, OT
The Tide would not only love to land Tunsil because he's the nation's top OL prospect, but also because they need to replenish the OL depth.
Scout.com reports he took a trip to Tuscaloosa last weekend and will likely decide on signing day.
Georgia is Alabama's top competition for Tunsil.
Reuben Foster, LB
Once again, Foster has shown he is a bit unpredictable as he has announced that he will take a trip to Alabama this weekend, per TideNation.com.
The 6'2", 245-pound ILB prospect was once committed solidly to the Crimson Tide, only to flip to Auburn last summer.
Since then, he has decommitted from playing on The Plain, and along with the Iron Bowl schools is also looking at Washington, LSU and Georgia.
Bonus Prospect: Dee Liner, DT
There have been some grumblings that Liner could flip to Alabama from Auburn, reports Scout.com, so keep an eye on this one. Liner is committed to Auburn as of now, so he may just be having fun, or he may indeed be seriously considering switching sides.
The 6'3", 294-pound DT has good athleticism in the trenches and comes off the ball well. Nothing will be final and official until he faxes in his signed LOI.
Whether that's Auburn or Alabama remains to be seen.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.
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