January 12, 2012

Elite juniors react to Alabama's title

UA commit impressed with offensive line

University of Alabama 2013 offensive tackle commitment Bradley Bozeman watched the Crimson Tide's national championship victory with his family and friends and spent every minute of it glad he was committed to UA.

"Man it was impressive," Bozeman said. "The defensive battle, LSU only passed the 50-yard line three times - going into the locker room, coming back in and once during the game."

Though the Tide's defense stole the show, Bozeman said he was particularly impressed with the play of Alabama's offensive line.

"I think the offensive line was great," Bozeman said. "They had a great defense they were going up against, and they just did a great job against them."

Although he is still a year away from coming to Tuscaloosa, Bozeman envisions himself one day suiting up in crimson and white and adding to the legacy of great Alabama offensive linemen.

"It is a very high priority," Bozeman said. "If you don't have an offense or if the ball carrier can't get to the line of scrimmage, then he can't do anything to get any more yards and get to the end zone."

Seeing the confetti falling down on the Crimson Tide players after the game, Bozeman said he can only imagine what it would be like to experience the thrill of bringing a championship home for Alabama.

"It would be great," he said. "To get No.15, 16 or 17, it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Bozeman said he is still strong in his commitment and is "110 percent" committed to the Tide.

Peach State star wowed by outcome

Alabama's commitments were not the only high school players interested in the outcome of Monday night's title match. The game against LSU also gave the Crimson Tide a chance to showcase its program to unsigned recruits.

"I thought it was interesting that LSU got beat as bad as they did," said 2013 star Isaac Rochell. "I thought LSU would have put up more of a fight. I was there at the first game, so I was expecting it to be a lot closer."

Rochell, a defensive end from McDonough, Ga., said he was not surprised by how well the Alabama defense played after seeing them in action when the two teams met the first time in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5.

"It's a really big deal," Rochell said. "But you also got to take into account the first game, they basically shut them out, too, despite the field goals."

Although he is not ready to commit yet, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound star has Alabama among his favorite schools and said there is a lot about the Tide's defense.

"Oh, I think their defensive line is really good," Rochell said. "Their linebackers are really good. They have good people up front, and I think that is really where their strength is."

Rochell is also intrigued by the opportunity to one day play under someone like UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, something the big defender said would be important to him.

"It would be a big deal just because he is such a good coach," Rochell said. "You know you're getting coached by one of the best."

2013 RB sees greatness at 'Bama

Alabama has no shortage of talented running backs in its system. However, the success of the Crimson Tide running game keeps recruits interested in continuing the rich tradition of great backs.

2013 running back Greg Bryant said watching fellow Florida native Trent Richardson and the Tide bring home title No. 14 put Alabama up high on his list of potential schools.

"Trent Richardson is one of the best running backs in the country," Bryant said. "I saw the last run he made, he's got good vision. I hope I can do the same exact thing. Knowing that I got an offer from (Alabama), it feels real good. They're already at the top of my list right now."

With the success both Richardson and Mark Ingram enjoyed during their time at Alabama, Bryant can see himself one day becoming a Heisman-caliber back.

"Only time will tell," he said. "It would be great, a childhood dream, but whatever happens will happen."

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