July 27, 2010

UA offers 2012 lineman

Prattville High School has been a recruiting stronghold for the Crimson Tide for years and now Alabama is making a strong early impression on one of Prattville's up and coming stars. Junior defensive end Caleb Gulledge made an impressive showing at the Tide's camp last week and the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defender was pleased with the results of his performance.

"I was there for one day of the camp and it was a really interesting and busy day," Gulledge. "I got to spend a lot of time working with Coach (Bo) Davis and we did a lot of drills and technique work that really was a big help to me. I feel like I've made a lot of improvement on my footwork in the last few months and Coach Davis helped me improve it even more. I also felt like I did really well in all my one-on-one work."

"One of the things I enjoyed seeing the most while I was there was the facilities. It's really amazing. They have it set up so that basically the dorms have tutoring offices and a cafeteria in them so you have everything right there where you sleep. That's definitely not something you see everywhere."

"I got to talk with Coach (Kirby) Smart and Coach Sal (Sunseri) before I left and they told me they were really impressed with my effort and my motor. They also said they really liked how well I move around for a big guy."

After impressing the Tide coaches with his dominant camp efforts, Gulledge was rewarded with a scholarship offer from the Tide, his first offer from a BCS program.

"I went back on Tuesday to meet with Coach Saban and he said Alabama had decided to offer me. He wants to recruit me as a defensive lineman, not just an end. He believes if I continue to grow and develop I could potentially play on the inside as well."

"Coach Saban told me they would really love to have me at Alabama and he talked to me a lot about academics and all the things the university has to offer outside of football as well."

The Tide's early offer combined with unofficial visit impressions have put the Crimson Tide in the early lead for Gulledge's signature in 2012.

"I have been really impressed with everything I've seen at Alabama. Right now I would say they are definitely my favorites. I get along with all the coaches and I feel like I really fit in there. I feel like could really be myself at Alabama."

Also a plus for the Tide has been former Prattville safety Nick Perry, who has done his part to help sell the Tide to his former teammate.

"I talk to Nick Perry a lot and he really loves it so far in Tuscaloosa. He said the environment on campus and around the team is great. He told me it's hard work but you get a lot more out of it than you might expect. He feels like he's really improved a lot already just from the work he's done over the summer with his teammates."

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