November 3, 2011

Elite juniors excited about visit

Alabama commitment Brandon Greene continues to do his part to build for the future at UA, bringing along teammate and top 2013 quarterback prospect Johnathan McCrary to Tuscaloosa with him for Saturday's game against LSU.

McCrary, who has thrown for 24 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards this season, will be watching the Crimson Tide for the second time this season after making the trip to see UA take down Tennessee two weeks ago.

"I had a good time at the Tennessee game, but I'm definitely excited for this weekend," McCrary said. "It's going to be a great environment."

The junior signal caller is not just excited for the game itself, but he's also looking forward to the chance to learn something this weekend. He said that he hopes that the trip will make him a better player on the field.

"I want to see how the (Alabama) quarterback deals with facing a great defense like LSU has, and how the players respond to the pressure," McCrary said. "Hopefully, I'll come back with some more knowledge."

McCrary, who has already drawn offers from several NCAA Division I programs, said attending games like this are what make his recruitment so enjoyable. And although the Georgia star has Alabama at the top of his list, he isn't quite ready to make a commitment.

"I'm still weighing my options," McCrary said. "Bama is at the top, but I'm waiting until next year to make my decision."

In the meantime, McCrary, Greene and the rest of the Cedar Grove team are preparing for their first-round playoff game against Washington on Friday night after finishing the regular season with a 39-0 win at McNair last weekend.

Elite 2013 RB makes second trip

By Greg Ostendorf
The position of running back continues to be a top priority for the Alabama coaching staff in 2013, and one of the best in the country will be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday as Altee Tenpenny expects to make his second visit of the season.

"I'm really excited because it's No. 1 vs. No. 2," Tenpenny said. "It's the game of the century."

Tenpenny, a native of North Little Rock, Ark., has visited Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma State for games this season, but he's been waiting for this weekend's game all year.

He's also got a prediction on who he thinks will come out on top.

"It's two of the best defenses in the country going up against each other, so I don't think it will be a high-scoring game," Tenpenny said. "I think it will be low scoring, like 21-14 or 14-10, and I think Alabama is going to win."

The Crimson Tide has been among his top schools since the recruiting process began, but Tenpenny isn't ready to name any favorites yet.

"Being recruited by the top schools in the nation, it's hard to narrow it down to one," he said. "Right now, I'm still looking at all of the schools as equal and trying to make my decision."

Alabama figures to be a serious contender for Tenpenny's services, and he's excited to return to Tuscaloosa this weekend for the LSU game.

"Alabama has great facilities," Tenpenny said. "They have great coaches. They work hard, and they're disciplined. It's a good school, an all-around school with athletics and academics."

South Panola safety ready for first UA game

South Panola High School safety Antonio Connor will be making his first trip to Tuscaloosa to watch the Crimson Tide take on top-ranked LSU in a game that the 2013 star says he expects to be memorable.

"I'm excited about the game because it's going to be a great game," Connor said. "It's going to be two great teams facing off and going at it."

Connor said he is ready to see Alabama play in person for the first time this year and hopes to get a chance to talk to the players and coaches before the game.

"I'm hoping I get to [talk to the team]," Connor said. "It's going be a really big crowd, and lots of other recruits will be here."

South Panola is 7-3 on the year, and will close out the regular season on Friday against DeSoto Central before moving on to the playoffs next week. Connor said his team is coming together and expects big things from his teammates in the postseason.

"We really picked it up as the season got going," Connor said. "Playoffs are next week, and we are ready to keep it going."

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