Thursday, January 28, 2010
Alabama, Tennessee raid other classes
By ESPN.com staff
Alabama and Tennessee were both able to pry lesser known prospects away from other schools in recent days.
The Crimson Tide stole defensive lineman Brandon Ivory away from Memphis. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Ivory, who's from Memphis, could be a potential replacement for Terrence Cody at nose guard in Alabama's 3-4 defense. Ivory is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN's Scouts Inc. His other offers were from Southern Miss and Arkansas State.
But the thing about Nick Saban and his staff at Alabama is that they trust their evaluations on players and don't get caught up in stars and rankings.
Tennessee was able to get quarterback Nash Nance of Calhoun, Ga., away from Vanderbilt. Nance had been committed to the Commodores, but told Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson on Wednesday that he was decommitting. Nance is a two-star prospect and not ranked among the top 75 players in the state of Georgia by Scouts Inc.
However, he has a teammate, receiver Da'Rick Rogers, who's rated the No. 6 receiver prospect nationally by Scouts Inc. The Vols are trying to lure him away from Georgia at the last minute. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Rogers is rated as the No. 30 player nationally.
Sounds like a package deal could be in the works.