The eighth annual Nick’s Kids luncheon was held Thursday in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium where checks totaling more than $440,000 were presented to 125 local and state organizations.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Montel McBride, a lineman who signed with the University of Alabama in the recruiting Class of 2014, appears to be headed to a junior college after failing to qualify academically.
According to AL.com, McBride is expected to enroll at Iowa Western Community College, with the paperwork completed soon. The Reivers were the 2012 NJCAA national champions.
The three-start prospect out of Plant City, Fla., listed as 6-foot-4, 329 pounds, was slated to be an offensive lineman with the Crimson Tide. Running back Bo Scarbrough, rated a five-star recruit by 247Sports is the only other player in the signing class who has yet to qualify and enroll.
Alabama is set to open training camp on Friday, with players reporting Thursday. Without McBride the roster is down to the limit of 85 scholarship players.
Anybody who follows recruiting could see this coming–once Ronnie Harrison got a look at Alabama program and campus this summer, it was hard to see him sticking with a commitment to North Carolina.
Harrison, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety out of Tallahassee, made the announcement at a city-wide media day. Florida, LSU and Georgia were just some of the schools pursuing him. Harrison is rated the No. 13 safety in the nation, as well as the No. 205 overall prospect in the nation–and you can expect that to rise in the coming months.
“That’s a big factor. That’s my goal and dream to get to the NFL and be able to take care of my mom and my brothers,” Harrison told the Tallahassee Democrat. “They put DBs in the NFL. I’ve got to go there.”
Alabama, which has the No. 1 class in the nation, is now up to 20 commitment. SEC schools agreed several years ago to cap classes at 25 commitments to curb “oversigning”. There are a few loopholes, but that gives one an idea of how much room Bama has left.