TUSCALOOSA AL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team onto the field to face the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2 2010 in Tuscaloosa Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Alabama will host some of the top prospects in the country this weekend as the Crimson Tide ends its practices with the spring game.
The top recruit in Tuscaloosa this weekend will be receiver Robert Foster. Foster hails from of Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley High School and is the top receiver recruit in the country. Foster holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio St., Oregon, Penn St., Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, USC and West Virginia. Many other recruiters have not even wasted their time offering the 6'3", 190 pound pass catcher. Foster possesses excellent speed, and has everything a school is looking for in a receiver.
Can Alabama impress Foster? Absolutely. The question is whether the Tide can show Foster something to take his mind off of his perceived leader in Penn State. Perhaps Alabama will throw the ball around more than normal Saturday? Two national championships in the last three years and the best coach in college football means the Tide has a chance.
Consensus four-star jumbo defensive end recruit DeMarcus Walker will also attend. Walker has recently thought to be leaning heavily to the Florida Gators after several other top Jacksonville recruits committed to the Gators. Walker stars for Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood High School. At 6'4" and 265 pounds, many have profiled Walker as a perfect fit for end in an odd-front defense, which is what Alabama runs. Other schools are pursuing him to play in an even front, which could also be a fit. Walker is still growing into his body and could be a very good player.
Also expected from the defensive end position is De'Asian Richardson, a top defensive end prospect from Orange Park (Fla.) Orange Park High School. Richardson briefly committed to the Seminoles (scouting report of him at the link), before realizing he had been caught up in the moment and backing off of his pledge. Like Walker, the 6'3" 285 pound Richardson would also seem like a good fit for end in an odd-front defense. Unlike Walker, there have been some concerns about Richardson's fitness this off-season. Richardson holds offers from most of the SEC and will also visit Auburn this weekend. He is quite raw.
Cornerback recruit Anthony Averett is also expected to attend. I profiled Averett for SB Nation in early March.
Several Alabama commitments are also expected to attend, including superstar tight end recruit OJ Howard of Prattville (Ala.) Autauga Academy. Howard is a great talent and in other years that didn't feature Adam Breneman, he may have been considered the top tight end recruit nationally.
Alabama is also expecting a pair of offensive line commitments and running back commitments to make the trip. The offensive linemen are Bradley Bozeman, a long-time Tide commitment from Roanoke (Ala.) Handley High School and Grant Hill of Huntsville (Ala.) High School. The runners are Altee Tenpenny of Little Rock (Ark.) West High school and Tyren Jones of Marietta (Ga.) Walton High School. Tenpenny has had injury troubles throughout his career, but has been quite impressive when healthy.