Tide notes: Recruiting, QB talk & more

Recruiting continues

Alabama continues searching for the top talent in the nation, according to Scout’s Andrew Bone writing in the Tuscaloosa News. One of the big reasons is an expected dearth of in-state talent. “The out-of-state prospects who have received scholarship offers are increasing in numbers, with the in-state prospect pool not as deep in talent as in the past couple of years,” according to Bone.

QB situation
The QB battle will be a topic of discussion until the conclusion of fall camp (and likely beyond.) ESPN’s Chris Low summarizes the SEC quarterback situation by team. For Alabama Low writes, “Nick Saban is opening the competition up in the spring between junior Greg McElroy and redshirt freshman Star Jackson. McElroy has more experience, but Jackson has more talent. McElroy is the odds-on favorite to be the opening-game starter, but look for Jackson to also play in 2009. A third option could be heralded freshman A.J. McCarron, who doesn’t arrive until this summer.”

I can’t say that I disagree that McElroy will start and Jackson will get playing time this season. I don’t believe McCarron will see the field unless disaster unfolds. McCarron is good, but I just don’t think a true freshman gets on the field at this key position in 2009 when you have two quality players on campus with experience in this system.

Tide baseball falls to Troy
The Crimson Tide baseball team fell 6-2 at Troy. The Tide falls to 5-3 on the season, Troy improves to 6-2.

Other notes
Davis Cup: US favorites in Birmingham
Federer’s absence isn’t hurting the event in Birmingham, even as it makes the US a heavy favorite. “”We have not had one single phone call to our office requesting a refund,” Gene Hallman, executive director of the Alabama Sports Foundation, told the AP. You can read the entire AP report embedded below.