January 13, 2008

Love helping UA recruit

The Alabama Crimson Tide hosted one of its biggest official visit weekends of the year this weekend and while Tide commit Tyler Love has already put an end to his recruitment, the five-star offensive lineman made the drive down to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit to help recruit some of the Tide's top targets.

"I went down this weekend just to hang out and do my part by helping recruit some of the non-committed guys. It was a lot more relaxing for me than my official was because I didn't have to take any tours or appointments to make so I was able to just hang out,' Love said. "When the prospects had their appointments, I went and hung out with the players but when they weren't we spent time together. We ate a lot and all of the committed guys are already a close knit group. Our No. 1 goal is to win a national championship and we talk about that.

"Melvin Ray was great. I think he's as firm as anyone to Alabama. All of the commitments understand this is a special group and I don't know of any who aren't solid. All the guys I talked to this weekend were."

Love spoke to several of the Tide's top uncommitted targets and got along well with several of the high-profile visitors.

"I met Mark Ingram and he was a having a good time. He didn't talk much about recruiting but he fit right in with us and you never would have known he was from Michigan," Love said. "I'm close to Glenn (Harbin) and we talked for a while. He's a nice guy. He didn't want to tip his hand about recruiting. Omoregie Uzzi was nice and seemed to be having a good time. I wanted to meet Alonzo Lawrence but never got the chance.

"All of the non-committed guys were having fun but I think most will be close to signing day decisions so they didn't want to give too much away. They all knew Alabama was having a great class and I did my part to let them know."

Overall, Love said he has been extremely impressed with Nick Saban's recruiting efforts in his first full year as the Tide's head coach and believes the coach has Alabama headed in the right direction.

"This is Coach Saban's first group and it is already a highly ranked class with a chance to get even better. Like I said, our goal is to win a national championship and everyone that I talk to understands that," Love said. "When we are in a big group like we were this weekend everyone gets along. It's a fun time for us because next year it will be hectic with us figuring everything out but it's going to be a benefit that we became friends before we arrive on campus."

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