Alabama has won three of the last four national titles, and is a favorite to win another in 2013. So it's no surprise that four Tide recruits have been invited to Nike's The Opening. Here they are.
Norman (Okla.) North
At 6'5 and 230 pounds, Cornwell already has the build of a college senior. With a huge arm and good mobility for his size, Cornwell carries a consensus four-star rating, and is widely considered one of the top pocket passers in the country. Cornwell was the first quarterback invited to the 2013 Elite 11 after a strong performance at the Dallas NFTC and Elite 11. He passed for over 2,700 yards with 27 TDs last season and ran for nearly 800 more with six rushing scores. On June 14 he committed to Alabama over offers from Auburn, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Tulsa, Virginia Tech and Washington State. Cornwell recently won a battle against the OSSAA for his eligibility in his senior year. Cornwell is on Twitter @DavidCornwell5, and his highlights are available here.
OL Viane Talamaivao (@VianeTalamaivao), 6-2, 315
Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Despite fracturing his foot last October and missing the rest of his junior season, Talamaivao was invited to The Opening after a strong performance at the L.A. NFTC. After receiving offers from programs like USC, UCLA, Wisconsin, Miami, Arizona, Washington and Washington State, Talamaivao committed to Alabama in May.
OL J.C. Hassenauer (@JCHassenauer), 6-2.5, 290
Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge
Hassenauer was the Memphis NFTC Offensive Line MVP and had a second strong showing at the Columbus Nike Camp that earned him his invite to The Opening. A virtual unknown coming into the Spring, Hassenauer impressed throughout a camp season that was capped by a scholarship and commitment to Alabama.
LB Shaun Hamilton, 5-11, 240
Montgomery (Ala.) Carver Hamilton was a Class 6A All-State pick last season. Hamilton committed to Alabama after a big junior season that included 101 tackles (26 TFL), 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
In addition, a huge number of uncommitted recruits participating are considering Alabama.