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July 16, 2012

Prospects flock to last summer camp

The University of Alabama is hosting a final summer camp, which started Sunday and concludes Wednesday. Several top football prospects in the classes of 2014 and '15 are on campus competing and visiting with the coaching staff of the 2011 BCS national champions.

DeMarcus Walker, a four-star defensive end from Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the top prospects on campus. Walker will announce his college decision in August. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman has high interest in Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.

Several top prospects on the Tide's board who visited this week include Kenneth Santa Marina, a four-star offensive tackle from McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans; Shaun McGee, a three-star linebacker from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., who committed to Georgia on Monday afternoon; Walker Jones, a three-star linebacker from Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, Tenn.; and Alvin Kamara, a four-star running back from Norcross, Ga.

Jones is the youngest brother of Tide players Barrett and Harrison Jones. He has an offer from Alabama and is on the verge of announcing his college decision.

"The Alabama coaching staff asked me when I am going to make my decision," Jones said. "I am going to go home and finish some things at my high school this week. I am hoping to make my decision maybe within the next week. If I was ready to commit, I think I would have already made it."

Al-Quadin Muhammad, a four-star defensive end from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., spent Saturday and Sunday in Tuscaloosa. Other out-of-region top prospects visiting are Derrick Green, a five-star running back from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., and Scott Pagano, a four-star defensive tackle from Moanalua High School in Honolulu. Green will be in Tuscaloosa later in the week, while Pagano plans to visit today.

Josh McNeil, a four-star tight end from Hillside High School in Durham, N.C., plans to visit the campus Thursday. McNeil visited Alabama last month and plans to announce his college choice in August.

The staff has welcomed an abundance of talent in the class of 2014, including Da'Shawn Hand, a defensive end from Woodbridge, Va. Hand is considered the No. 1 prospect in the country for next year's class. He arrived in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and will remain until Wednesday.

Other major 2014 prospects in town include Gerald Wills, a defensive end from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans; Sony Michel, a running back from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.; Edward Paris, a safety from Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas; Racean Thomas, a running back from Oxford; Marlon Humphrey, a cornerback from Hoover; Bear Fenimore, a quarterback from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas; and Jalen Hurd, an athlete from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Thomas will rank as one of the top five overall prospects in the state next year.

"Coach Saban said they don't try to go win the game, they just go out and play hard," Thomas said. "They don't try to make good athletes, they want to make good people with good character. They want to help you get an education. They had the highest number of players to finish school, and they also had the most go in the first round of the NFL draft."

Brandon Dawkins, a quarterback from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., will visit Alabama next Sunday. Dawkins' father is from Alabama and still has a lot of family in the state. The 6-4, 220-pound prospect has early scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Utah.

The coaching staff will also welcome several elite 2015 prospects in camp this week. Several of the Tide's early targets include Rico McGraw, a cornerback from Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn.; Nicholas Brossette, a running back from University Labpratory School in New Orleans; and Tucker Israel, quarterback from Lake Nona High School in Orlando, Fla. CeCe Jefferson, a defensive tackle from Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Fla., earned an offer from Alabama after his performance Sunday night.

Eager to learn more of what these prospects thought of UA and their camp experience? Visit TideSports.com for the very latest recruiting news. Join us each Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for the weekly recruiting chat.


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