Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Top Prospects Visit Spring Practice

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Top Prospects Visit Spring Practice

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The University of Alabama continues to host prospects who are eager to watch spring football practice, including the state's top three prospects in Marlon Davidson, five-star defensive end from Greenville High School; Ben Davis, five-star linebacker from Gordo; and Lyndell Wilson, five-star linebacker from Carver High School in Montgomery.

Davis is a regular in Tuscaloosa. Davidson and Wilson have also been to Tuscaloosa a few times this year.

"I was watching Coach (Kirby) Smart," Wilson said after attending practice last Wednesday. "He is one of those quiet guys, but when he is on the field he is all hype and ready to work at practice. He is a great linebackers coach. He tells me the stuff that will help me get better. He told me to pay attention to what is going on when I take visits. I have to fill in someone's shoes one day.

"Coach (Nick) Saban was just telling me about the guys who have played at Alabama, all the linebackers who are in the pros. He was telling me what they have there now. He talked about the academics and getting a degree."

A few other in-state prospects who visited Tuscaloosa on Wednesday included P.J. Blue, four-star linebacker, and safety prospect Jeawon Taylor, from Park Crossing High School in Montgomery. Marcus Jenkins, 2018 defensive tackle from Lee High School in Montgomery, also visited. Jenkins has an early offer from Kentucky.

"The visit to Alabama was great," said Blue. "It was a good visit. We just watched practice. We also watched the defensive meetings. I went to the linebackers meeting.

"I went down there with my coaches. I liked the way they practiced. It was a good atmosphere out there. I was watching all of the safeties work out there. I saw they had a freshman safety, Ronnie Harrison, working with the first team. They practice hard. The coaches get after it, as do the players. They stay on them non- stop. They get stuff done. The outside linebackers coach (Tosh Lupoi) is crazy. It was cool to see how they are during the meetings. …

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