Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

RECRUITING: Prospects Flocking to See Crimson Tide's A-Day

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

RECRUITING: Prospects Flocking to See Crimson Tide's A-Day

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The University of Alabama football team hosted several visitors last week, and expects many more this weekend for A-Day. UA is also awaiting the decision of one of the top linebackers in the country.

Shaun Dion Hamilton, four-star linebacker from Carver High School in Montgomery, will announce his college decision at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hamilton has his list trimmed to Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. Most expect it will come down to Alabama and Auburn. Tune in to on Wednesday for complete coverage.

"I do feel like all my questions have been answered," Hamilton said. "I do know where I am going. I wasn't sure at first. I kind of knew, but wasn't 100 percent. I thought and prayed about it. I know for sure now."

The 6-foot, 240-pound prospect knows his college decision.

"I am going to tell the coaches on Tuesday," Hamilton said. "I had a really good relationship with all three schools. They recruited me extremely hard. They all showed me a lot of love. I know I can play early at all three schools. I am committing to the school that was the best fit for me. My family will be able to see me play. I have a really good relationship with the staff, and my family does also."

A big reason for an early commitment is the fact he is graduating in December. He had a lot of positive things to say about the two- time defending national champions.

"Alabama is a real good school," Hamilton said. "Coach (Nick) Saban is a great head coach. He is a defensive guru. Coach (Kirby) Smart is a great coordinator. I have a great relationship with him. They know how to get players to the next level. Year-in and year- out they will be playing in BCS bowl games."

Alabama is recruiting a select group of prospects at the quarterback position. David Cornwell, Rivals100 member from North High in Norman, Okla., has visited Alabama a few times. He is considering a return trip this weekend for A-Day. Keller Chryst, the top rated pro-style quarterback in the country, from Palo Alto, Calif., was in Tuscaloosa for a recent visit with his family. His father, Geep Chryst, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect has several scholarship offers, including ones from Arizona, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Southern California. …

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