Alabama Football Recruiting: Latest Buzz on Undecided Prospects

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2013

Alabama does not spend too much time celebrating the national championship before focusing on recruiting. That persistence will lead to the Crimson Tide having one of the top classes by the end of the offseason. 

Many prospects will wait until National Signing Day to make a decision about their future. However, that does not mean they will not tip their hand beforehand.

With most schools spending this time hosting players and making their final pitches, here is the latest buzz among Alabama's top targets.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247 Sports.


Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle

After a long few years of dealing with the recruiting cycle, there is not much that impresses these top players anymore.

Laremy Tunsil is one of those men, as he has been to his potential schools so many times that his official visits are simply used to "spend time with the coaches," according to ESPN's Corey Long

The offensive tackle fits perfectly in the mold of past linemen to pass through Alabama on the way to the NFL. In addition, the recent departures of D.J. Fluker, Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones leave a lot of space for incoming players.

Tunsil is likely down to Alabama and Georgia, but it seems like the Tide would be a great home for the Florida native.


Reuben Foster, Linebacker

When arguably the top middle linebacker in the entire class plays his high school football in the state of Alabama, it is important for Nick Saban and company to lock him up.

This is especially true when the player is a former Auburn commitment.

Matt Scalici of reported that Reuben Foster was visiting Alabama during the weekend.

The young player said of the visit beforehand, "I am looking forward to getting to Alabama next weekend and seeing if it is home. I want to see how I would be used in their defense and what they have planned for me if I come there," according to ESPN's Greg Ostendorf (paid subscription).

While it remains to be seen whether the coaching staff made the campus seem like home for Foster, his commitment alone would make the class move toward the top of the rankings.


Eddie Vanderdoes, Defensive Tackle

The former USC commit is still very much alive in the eyes of Alabama. One of the top defensive players in the country, Eddie Vanderdoes is considering the Crimson Tide, especially after receiving an in-home visit.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph visited Vanderdoes last week and it seems like he made quite an impression.

Vanderdoes told Greg Ostendorf of ESPN (paid subscription):

It went well. I liked what he had to say. Coach Rumph is a great guy. He really opened my eyes to the program a lot more. He really showed me where I fit into the scheme. He sees potential in me. It was really great talking to him.

Players often would rather hear from the head coach, but considering he would spend more time in his career with Rumph, this is a strong message.

The talented player has become a solid late option for the Tide.