All-Star Recruitment Book: Tide Pledge Will Not Sign Wednesday, AU Pledge Continues To Kick Off
Two Alabama Crimson Tide engagements were played Saturday in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. But at least one won’t sign with the Tide on Wednesday.
Calera wide receiver Kobe Prentice said he now plans to wait until February to sign.
âI thought I was going to sign next week, but now I’m going to wait,â Prentice said. âI spoke to (Florida coach Billy) Napier this week, and I spoke to Mississippi State and some Maryland. But I am still Bama until the end.
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Prentice will remain busy this spring running the 60 meters and 4×200 relay for the Calera track team.
He led all receivers in Saturday’s game with four catches for 64 yards and a 33-yard long. The next closest player to receiving production was Auburn Omari Kelly’s commit of Hewitt-Trussville with two catches for 28 yards.
Prentice has already earned the kind of fame that comes from being one of the state’s top-ranked rookies and most electrifying gamers. In Calera’s first round playoff game at Spanish Fort, opposing supporters gave a big nod to let Prentice know they knew who he was. The sign read, “# 1 can’t save you this time.” # defense number1.
Prentice said her trainer Jason Hamlin told her to get attention.
âThe coach gave me a pen before the game and told me to go sign the backboard,â said Prentice, who totaled 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. âSo that’s what I did. The fans were cool. The cheerleaders asked me to take a picture with them, but I didn’t.
The McPhersons Kicking Fort Payne
Auburn’s commitment Alex McPherson proved on Saturday why he is the best kicker in the country.
He set all-star Alabama-Mississippi records with a 58-yard field goal and a 50.0 punt average. He was 2 of 4 on field goals helping Alabama to a 20-0 shutout.
But he has more to prove to be the best kicker in the family.
Evan McPherson has scored 54, 51 and 48 yards in the past three weeks for the Cincinnati Bengals. But his younger brother broke his record for the longest field goal in state history, hitting a 61-yard game against North Jackson this season.
Part of the brothers’ success can be attributed to their dedication and ingenuity.
âWe have a soccer goal in our backyard that we’ve welded PVC pipes to so we can hit goals on the field,â Alex said on Saturday. “The court is not big enough for long kicks, but you have to work on your technique and fundamentals.”
McPherson plans to sign with Auburn on Wednesday, but won’t appear in the Plains until June.
Will Coleman from Hueytown play in the Sun Belt?
Hueytown wide receiver De’Andre Coleman has a long-standing commitment with Coastal Carolina. But the 6-foot-4 wide receiver said he would keep his options open before signing in February.
âMaybe if some bigger schools are interested, I’ll listen. But I’m all coastal, âhe said.
Oatis makes one last visit to Tuscaloosa
Jaheim Oatis of Columbia, Mississippi, all 6-5, 370 pounds from him, left the stadium as soon as the game was over for his scheduled visit to Tuscaloosa.
Oatis has made a few recent visits to Ole Miss, but he’s still attached to Alabama.
Jimmy Stein of On3.com says of Oatis, “he has Jordan Davis in him”, in reference to the recent Bednarik Award winner from Georgia.
McAlpine dominant as always
Saraland defensive tackle Trevon McAlpine was a dominant force for Alabama. After Mississippi opened the game with a successful in-play kick, McAlpine made the game’s first four tackles, including a fourth and a save. He also made a key fourth save late in the fourth quarter to preserve the Alabama shutout.
âAlabama never won here in Mississippi so we were on a mission all week,â he said.
McAlpine led Alabama with six tackles, a loss tackle and quarterback pressure.
He plans to sign with Texas Tech, Oklahoma State or West Virginia on Wednesday.
Southern Alabama signer shines
McGill-Toolen’s Braylon McReynolds did it all, including leading the cheers for the Alabama offensive. The southern Alabama signer covered 98 yards on 13 carries, averaging 7.5 per carry. He actually passed 100 yards on his last postponement of the game, but the play was called off for detention. He also caught a pass for 12 yards.
Later, he took the pom-pom poms on the sidelines and performed an impressive dance.
âI told the guys if I do a big game I’m going to go out there and celebrate,â he said.
McReynolds will sign with USA on Wednesday but will not sign up until the summer.
TJ Dudley’s recruitment still open
Montgomery Catholic linebacker TJ Dudley was hired in Oregon before the Ducks’ change of coach. He now says he will wait until February to sign with Florida, Texas, Clemson or Alabama. He said he had not been in contact with Auburn.
MVP wears a Tennessee towel
Oxford defensive back Miguel Mitchell was named MVP after recording an interception he returned for 52 yards for a touchdown, a forced fumble and five tackles.
Mitchell, who wore a Flights towel, said he would wait until February to sign with Tennessee, Florida or Northwestern.