Alabama hosted a gigantic recruiting weekend with several important recruits including one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation, defensive back Alonzo Lawrence.
First let me provide the super duper exclusive recruiting information.
All the recruits were super duper thrilled and had a super duper time and are just super duper impressed, and really, honestly, truly liked the coaching staff.
When you boil all the recruiting stuff down, have you ever read a story where a recruit wasnâ€™t impressed after a visit? Honestly?
Back to the serious part: Andrew Bone provided this list of players taking a visit to UA over the weekend from his column on tidesports.com: â€œLawrence, Marcel Dareus, Omoregi Uzzi, Nick Becton, Glenn Harbin, Mark Ingram, Aundre Dean, and several of Alabama’s top committed prospects including Mark Barron (St. Paul’s), Destin Hood (St. Paul’s), Ivan Matchett (St. Paul’s), Brad Smelley (American Christian), Courtney Upshaw (Eufaula), Wesley Neighbors (Huntsville), Barrett Jones (Cordova-Evangelical Christian, Tenn.), Robby Green (River Ridge-John Curtis, La.), Damian Square (Houston-Yates, Texas) and Melvin Ray (Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, (Fla.).â€
Weâ€™ll know a lot more about how the classes pan out in about 22 days when National Signing Day arrives. But things do look good.
Cecil Hurt takes on the basketball situation with this column. Hurt sums up the malaise building around the basketball program with this paragraph: Thereâ€™s a different feeling about this season, though. Part of it has deep roots. Gottfried, through his Alabama career, has many commendable achievements, but even in the best times â€” except for the glorious two-week NCAA run to the Elite Eight in 2004 â€” Alabama has managed to mix in just enough worrisome tendencies to keep people on edge. There would be inexplicable blowouts, or lapses in defense, or home losses that kept good seasons from being great.
Does this mean Hurt has turned on Gottfried the way his columns made the case against Mike Shula?
Speaking of Shula
He is considered a prospect for the vacant KC Chiefs job. And, some believe the improved quarterback performance in Jacksonville will help his candidacy.
Shula has a history of developing quarterbacks, and I think we can say J.P. Wilson did better under Shula than under the present system. And certainly the Jags QB matured with Shulaâ€™s help. And is boosting him for the job:
The Jaguarsâ€™ offense ranked seventh in the NFL, and Garrard gave Shula a ringing endorsement.
â€œI know he would do a great job,â€ said Garrard, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns against New England. â€œHe has, of course, a coachâ€™s mind. Iâ€™ve been telling him, heâ€™s been coaching since he was 4 years old just because heâ€™s been around the game for so long.
â€œI know heâ€™ll be able to work (the Chiefs) offense and get their offense up and going. And if he has Brodie Croyle â€¦ I think it will be a great fit for him. I would hate to see him leave here. But I wish him the best whatever he does.â€