December 2, 2011

Tide to host elite group of visitors

TideSports.com has confirmed that Florida State commitment Jameis Winston is scheduled to take an official visit to the University of Alabama this weekend. He joins T.J. Yeldon, another in-state five-star recruit, as a part of what's quickly becoming an elite group of prospects who will be in town this weekend.

Rivals100 linebacker Reggie Ragland, a Crimson Tide commitment, also plans to take his official visit this weekend and looks forward to doing his part to try to flip both Winston and Yeldon, an Auburn commitment.

"I was going to come down tonight, but I'm going to go down in the morning, and I really don't know what they have planned for us, but whatever they have planned should be fun with Jameis and T.J.," Ragland said.

"I'm looking forward to hanging out with them because both of them are highly talented guys that we're recruiting. I've known Jameis for the longest time, but with T.J., I've never really got to talk with him."

Ragland, a Madison, Ala., native, has become good friends with Winston over the last couple years and said the two have been talking more frequently about recruiting.

"We've been talking a lot lately," Ragland said. "I still think we've got a chance to get him, but it's all up to him. Lately, I think he understands that he should've stayed in-state because everybody loves him around here. It's all up to him to decide where he wants to go."

Is Ragland trying to help Alabama recruit Winston to eventually play for the Crimson Tide?

"Of course, I'm going to try to get him to come there."

The Bob Jones High School star had his football season come to an end early, but he's already started basketball. Through the first two games, Ragland is the team's leading scorer and rebounder.

Alabama commitments Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes are also expected to take their official visits to UA this weekend and Daphne linebacker Ryan Anderson will be in town on an unofficial visit.

Williams, a safety prospect from Panama City, Fla., earned his fifth star this week on Rivals.com.

It's a short trip from Thomasville for Hayes, and one that he's made multiple times, but he's still excited to get back to Tuscaloosa.

"I love being in Tuscaloosa," Hayes said. "It just feels like home. I just like going up there, seeing that environment and being around people that I'll be around for the next couple years."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.


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