Recruiting update: Allen out, Tide looks to finish

T.J. Walls
Recruiting Correspondent

The big news as of late, is star safety/ wide receiver, Keenan Allen may have decided to play somewhere other than the Tide. It seems that Penn State, California, and Clemson are in the picture now. One of the top players in the country, it would be somewhat of a blow to lose the once committed Allen. Allen is rated a five-star by Rivals and Scout.

With less than a day until signing with the college program of his choice, Arie Kouandjio of DeMatha High School (Maryland) broke down his top 3 schools. Sometime on Wednesday Kouandjio will pick between Alabama, USC, and New Mexico.

The reason Bama made the final cut, Arie previously said in an interview with the Capstone Report, “The Fan support was the #1 thing that I noticed and that amazing how they love their football at Alabama. Coach Saban and the staff will play a big factor. Coach Saban is a great man and all about business. If I decide to play for him, I will leave a better man. I also love the stadium, the academics, and a chance to be part of a championship. Coach Sal is recruiting me and we have an awesome relationship.”

Kouandjio said of New Mexico, “I likes the players and really have gotten close to the staff. I have a great chance to play early there.”

The Big offensive linemen took his official visit to USC this past weekend. He likes Coach Lane Kiffin and the staff, and before visiting he told us he was taking the visit to see if he fit in. For Southern California to make Kouandjio’s final three , it tells me that they are a legitimate contender for his signature.

Kouandjio was a U.S. Army All-American as a senior. Arie Kouandjio’s stats: 6’5”, 325 lbs., Bench 330, Squat 600, 40 time: 5.4. Prediction: Alabama has a great chance to land the Big Man.

With less than a day left to signing day, Coach Saban and the staff are looking toward the finish. Alabama landed its 26th commitment with the verbal pledge of 5’11”, 200 lbs. Dequan Menzie. Menzie is a cornerback out of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Wesson, Mississippi. DeQuan chose the Tide over Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ole Miss.

Two offensive lineman Chad Lindsey (6’3” 290 lbs.) and Austin Shepherd (6’4” 310 lbs.), have already given their verbal pledges to the Tide Alabama is still an option for three of the top uncommitted Offensive lineman In the country . Along with Arie Kouandjio, Shon Coleman (6’6” 285 lbs.) and James Stone (6’5” 297 lbs.) are the remaining big men that remain a target of the Alabama staff. Shon Coleman has been an Auburn commitment for a while, but don’t be surprised if he signs with Alabama. James Sone was thought to be a strong Alabama lean since the summer, but since Lane Kiffin bolted for the head coach’s position at U.S.C., Stone is torn between Alabama and Tennessee. It is hard to predict where he will land.

In less than a day, we will know where the Tide will stand in the “Mythical Recruiting National Title Rankings.” With Nick Saban as the head coach you can never count them out when it comes to recruiting. One thing is for sure, the staff at the University of Alabama filled the positional needs for the defending 2009 BCS National Champions. The 2010 squad will be reloaded to contend for years to come. There may be a few suprises on Feb. 3rd , but as long as Coach Saban is at the helm, you can rest assured, “The Process” will continue.