August 22, 2010

Prattville DE visits Tide scrimmage

While the Crimson Tide were hard at work during their second scrimmage of fall camp last Saturday, several of the state's top recruits were looking on as they dropped by for a quick unofficial visit. Among those visitors were a trio of star prospects from powerhouse Prattville High Schools, including junior defensive end Caleb Gulledge.

"I went down to watch the scrimmage with a couple of my teammates from Prattville, Justin Shanks and Justin Thomas," Gulledge said. "We got there pretty early so I had a chance to go and talk to Coach Smart before they all left for the stadium. He was really happy to see me there and said he is really looking forward to seeing me play this season."

"I also got a chance to say hey to Nick Perry, my old teammate. He really loves it at Alabama and said he's working his tail off right now. He said he feels like he has improved so much as a player already from working with these coaches."

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound pass rusher said he was impressed with the speed and efficiency with which Alabama ran its practice sessions.

"I really love the way Coach Saban has everything organized in his practices. Everything is very up-tempo and there is no wasted time and no standing around. Doing it that way lets everybody get as many reps as possible and I'm sure that's part of what makes them successful."

Gulledge, who is being recruited by the Tide as a defensive end, said he kept a close eye on the Tide's defensive front during the scrimmage and was particularly blown away by the Tide's current star rush end.

"I kept a pretty close eye on the defensive line during the scrimmage, especially on Marcel Dareus. He is just incredible, the way he uses his hands and how physical and quick he is. He's really the prototype for a defensive end. I also really like the way Coach (Bo) Davis works with his players on the defensive line."

While Prattville prepares for its first game of the season this weekend, Gulledge said he won't have as much time during the season to focus on recruiting but does plan on making it to a couple of games in Tuscaloosa this fall.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be at the Alabama-Penn State game as well as a couple other Alabama games and I'm also going to try to make it to Baton Rouge for a game at some point this season."

Prattville begins its season this Friday at home against Blount.

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