2012 Class Continues To Grow

Posted by | Feb 22, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Tide picks up a second running back for 2012

By Chip Towers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Justin Taylor, a junior at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High, committed to Alabama on Monday. He is the third Georgia back in a week to make a decision and the second in that span to choose the Crimson Tide. “Alabama was my number one school, so I felt like, why wait? That’s the school I want to be at,” Taylor said Monday afternoon. “When I found out they were as interested in me as I was in them I didn’t hesitate. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.” Taylor said he has been a Crimson Tide fan since about the ninth grade. “When I was there, Coach [Nick] Saban was talking to me and telling me everything that I needed to know,” he said. “I decided then that I was going to go ahead and commit because that’s the school I wanted to be at.” [More]

NFL Draft: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

By Cory J. Bonini,
Draft analyst Cory J. Bonini recently conducted the following interview with Alabama defensive tackle and 2011 NFL Draft prospect Marcell Dareus. Tell me about your decision to enter the draft as a junior: Was it an easy decision, and have you had any doubts that you made the right choice? It was, but it wasn’t. I kinda felt like I was ready to, uhm, go … uhm, got coached by coach (Nick) Saban, so he got me real prepared to go. I was thinking about the pros and cons of it, and I thought it would be a good idea to go. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard. Do you have a preference of defensive alignment? I really don’t care what type of defensive scheme I’m in, 3-4, 4-3. Coach Saban … he used to tell me, tell all of us, “You gotta be able to play both of them anyway.” I’m well-prepared for both, most schemes. I really don’t care … I think I’ll be a three-technique inside man. [More]

What Saban Hopes to Find in Upcoming Spring Practices

By Larry Burton,
When spring practice begins on the campus of Alabama next month, there are several things that Nick Saban is hoping to see and answers he hopes he can find in the battles that will rage. Leadership—With Greg McElroy gone the offense has no go to leader for the team to rally around and it won’t automatically go to the winner of the quarterback battle, if in fact there is a clear winner. Hunger—It’s often said that it’s much harder to repeat than to win the championship because those who are left to repeat just aren’t as hungry as they once were to win it all. Finishing Ability—Last year Alabama had a team that could have easily gone undefeated, but they couldn’t finish. Will this team show up ready and finish each game strong? They certainly proved they could with a complete wood shed whipping of an extremely good Michigan State team to end the year. [More]

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