Tide Tidbits – March 8, 2010

Posted by | Mar 8, 2010 | -

Recruiting: Ha’sean Clinton-Dix, Isiah Myers, Tom Smith come away from 3-city weekend tour with infatuation for Alabama
Following Alabama’s first national title since 1992, the Crimson Tide has tried to harness its on-field momentum into recruiting for the class of 2011. One area that Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban has targeted is Central Florida. While Alabama hasn’t landed any recruits from Orlando yet, the defending national champions are certainly making headway. This past weekend, Dr. Phillips DB Ha’sean Clinton-Dix, Olympia WR Isiah Myers, and Apopka RB Tom Smith took a trip to three college campuses; Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech. However, it seems that these prospects returned from their trip with a particular infatuation with the Crimson Tide. “The campus I liked most was Alabama,” said Smith, who was sporting an Alabama baseball cap. When asked if Alabama was his favorite school at this point, Smith responded by saying, “yeah, most likely.” [More]

Nick Saban Can Trace His Coaching Roots Through Bear Bryant Back To Knute Rockne
Yes, it is true: Nick Saban’s coaching roots can be traced back to Paul Bear Bryant and beyond. In fact Saban’s coaching tree can be traced all the way back through some of Alabama’s greatest football icons to Notre Dame’s most famous coaching legend, Knute Rockne. How so? Let me lead you back through time, and it will become clear that everything I say is a fact. [More]

Recruiting: OL Watts Dantzler having fun with recruiting process
It’s not long into an interview with Watts Dantzler before you realize you’re dealing with a different sort of college football prospect. You’re thinking that after you hear how he’s sorting through his snowballing recruiting process. But then you’re sure of it when you get around to asking him if he’s involved in any spring sports such as track or baseball. “I’m actually playing tennis right now,” said the 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive lineman from Dalton. “I enjoy it and . . .” It takes a second for that comment to resonate. Dantzler’s latest stop was at Alabama this past weekend. He’ll spend his spring break on Tobacco Road touring Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest. It’s his intention to see the campus of every team that offers him a scholarship. He has 18 tenders so far. To date he’s been on about 12 different campuses. [More]

Kareem Jackson NFL Draft scouting report
5’10 1/2, 196 pounds | Cornerback | Alabama
Played a lot of bump and run coverage for Alabama. Knows how to properly use his hands to jam at the line. When he can stick with a receiver, he’s aggressive and can re-direct routes. Needs to smooth out his backpedal. Jackson’s feet will get choppy, which causes him to lose receivers deep. Although Jackson was used in man coverage a lot, he may be better as a zone cornerback. Jackson’s anticipation skills are very good and he reads the opposing quarterback really well. Locates the ball quickly once it’s in the air. Uses his physicality nicely in zone to move the receiver to make a play on the ball. Jackson benefited greatly from playing in Nick Saban’s NFL-style defense. He played a lot of man on his side, but has the skill to handle zone. Jackson’s size isn’t all that great, but he is a physical cornerback. That helps him make up for a lack of agility and speed. [More]

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