September 22, 2011

Visitor Preview: Arkansas

With the 2012 recruiting class nearly filled out, the University of Alabama has already started looking ahead to the 2013 class, and a number of high school juniors will be on campus this weekend, including Ga. cornerback Shaquille Wiggins.

Despite not having an offer from the Crimson Tide yet, Wiggins has been hearing a lot from UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, his main recruiter.

"The last time I talked to Kirby was the beginning of the season, and he was just telling me to keep up the good work, get bigger, and that he wants me to come to the game Saturday to see Alabama for myself."

It will be Wiggins' first trip to Tuscaloosa, and after hearing all of the stories, he's excited to see the atmosphere at Bryant-Denny Stadium in person.

"I'm pretty pumped up about it," Wiggins said. "Knowing that Nick Saban is Alabama's coach and with the ridiculous numbers for the spring game and this being an SEC game, I can't even imagine how the crowd is going to be."

At this point, Wiggins has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Ball State, Cincinnati, Ohio and Toledo, but the Sandy Creek High School star is hearing from numerous elite programs from across the country.

He's hoping to receive an offer from Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.

"I would love the chance to play for a coach like that at Alabama with his history of having great defensive backs going pro," Wiggins said. "Getting coach by him would be a privilege."

Through three games this year, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback already has five interceptions.

Beniquez Brown
It's a big weekend for Florence athlete Beniquez Brown, a 2012 prospect, who will be taking his last trip to UA before making a decision between Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State.

"I'm going to get down there, hang out, talk to the coaches for a little bit, watch the game and head on back home," Brown said.

The in-state star has been in contact with UA assistant coach Mike Groh, his main recruiter, over the last couple of weeks, and he called Groh this week to confirm he was coming.

Brown watched Mississippi State play two weeks ago at Auburn and also plans to visit Florida next weekend when the Crimson Tide travels to Gainesville. He wants to make a decision shortly after his visits.

"I'm really looking at these visits hard," Brown said. "I'm going to talk to the coaches and see what they have to say. If I don't like what they say or I don't fit in, I probably won't go there. I'm just trying to find the best place for me."

Dillon Lee
Alabama's 2012 recruiting class will be represented in Tuscaloosa over the weekend, but one name to keep an eye on is Buford, Ga., linebacker Dillon Lee. It will be Lee's first trip to UA this season.

"I just talked to Coach Saban (Wednesday)," Lee said. "He was just seeing how my season was going and how he thinks the team is at a good place right now, but that they just have to keep improving.

"He is excited for me and my family to come down because this will be my first visit down there this year."

Lee, who committed to Alabama in May, has made headlines this season after attending a couple of games at Georgia. However, he says there's nothing to worry about and that he was just going to see his brother play.

"My brother just recently earned his starting spot at Georgia on the offensive line, so I thought I should be there for his first couple college starts," Lee said. "I'm still solid to Alabama."

Through five games, Buford High School is 5-0 with three shutouts, and Lee has only had to play into the third quarter once all season.

Cedar Grove, Ga., offensive lineman Brandon Greene, an Alabama commitment, plans to drive over for the game Saturday depending on how late he gets done with his game. If Greene makes the trip, he's talking about bringing Cedar Grove quarterback Johnathan McCrary with him. McCrary, an elite 2013 prospect, has the Crimson Tide among his top schools.

Daphne linebacker Ryan Anderson, who's also committed to Alabama, plans to come up with a couple of his teammates on Saturday, including his cousin Torren McGaster. McGaster, a cornerback for Daphne, has received some interest from the UA coaching staff.

DeAndre Woods and Earnest Robinson, a pair of 2013 wide receivers from the Birmingham area are both scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa over the weekend. The two will more than likely hang out at the game together as they are pretty good friends.

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