A-Day Equals Pay Day for Alabama in Recruiting

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIApril 18, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Asked and you will receive. That’s not only a Bible verse but a motto that Nick Saban lives off. The head football coach asked Alabama fans to pack out Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, and that’s what they did and it paid off big time not only in football recruiting, but basketball as well.


Over the weekend, Bama added three big time verbal commitments from five star-recruit safety Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, from Orlando, Florida whom according to the Mobile Press Register, was rumored to commitment over the weekend.


Dix told the Register’s Gentry Estes:


"He (Coach Saban) was thrilled to hear it," Clinton-Dix said. "He told me that a safety who could play anywhere on the field was one of their top needs in this class, and he told me that he got their man."


Dix recorded 93 tackles (13 for a loss), three interceptions and nine pass break-ups.


Dix was joined later that day by defensive end LaMichael Fanning, a four-star recruit from Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala.


Then Sunday, Saban received news that Bama picked up its third football recruit over the weekend from cornerback Jabriel Washington of Jackson, Tennessee.  Washington was in town for the game this weekend and his commitment was confirmed Sunday evening by his father.


Washington is another four-star commitment for the Tide.


This weekend wasn’t all about football; Tide basketball coach Anthony Grant picked up a commitment from former Virginia Tech signee Kendall Durant. Durant is a 6-3 guard who recently played the last few years in junior college. He is also the cousin of NBA player Kevin Durant.


Durant reportedly said that “he fell in love with the place and didn’t want to leave.” Saban has reportedly said in the past that the atmosphere created at A-Day excites recruits and promotes the program in a positive light; this weekend was no exception and it definitely paid off.