Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Top Recruits Will Be at Alabama's A-Day Game

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Top Recruits Will Be at Alabama's A-Day Game

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The University of Alabama has continued to welcome more football prospects to campus this spring. Many top players will arrive on Saturday for A-Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Last year's A-Day game saw a big day of commitments from Calvin Ridley, five-star wide receiver, and Shawn Burgess-Becker, a four- star safety from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., and Minkah Fitzpatrick, a five-star cornerback from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J. The Alabama coaching staff will not mind adding a few commitments this weekend.

Several prospects visited Alabama last week including a pair of five-stars. Derrick Brown, a five-star defensive tackle from Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, Ga., and Darnay Holmes, a 2017 five-star cornerback from Newbury High School in California, visited Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.

Brown still has Georgia slightly ahead of Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Holmes visited Alabama for the first time, and received an offer from Nick Saban.

"I pretty much like everything about Alabama," Holmes said. "The coaching staff is great. They will be there a long time. There is never a concern about them leaving. The head coach (Nick Saban) is the DB coach. That's very interesting because I will be working with him on a daily basis."

Keyshawn Johnson Jr., a 2017 four-star wide receiver from Calabasas High School in California, was a familiar name on campus. His father, Keyshawn Johnson, is a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Super Bowl champion and currently working for ESPN. He joined his son in Tuscaloosa last week.

"I like everything about them," the son said. "The fact they have 15 national championships, all the first round draft picks, Bear Bryant and now Nick Saban. They won three national championships since 2009. They have a great stadium and facilities. They are always in the middle of the race for the college football playoffs.

"I came in thinking, 'this is Alabama.' When you think about Alabama you think it's one of the best programs ever. …

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