April 29, 2010

Miss. wide out hearing from UA

The Alabama Crimson Tide continues to search for elite wide receivers in the Class of 2011, scouring the nation for potential playmakers to step in and play early with several receivers slated to head to the NFL after this fall. A new target emerging for the Tide is Raleigh (MS) wide receiver Donte Moncrief, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound playmaker with blazing speed. Moncrief was recently in Tuscaloosa for a 7-on-7 tournament with a team of all-stars from the state of Mississippi and put on an impressive performance.

"It went really well. We won the championship at the tournament which was really fun," Moncrief said. "I got to play with some of the top guys in the state of Mississippi and get to know some of them a little better. I didn't get to spend a ton of time on campus but we did get to take a tour of the facilities and it was amazing. They do everything big at Alabama, from the stadium to the locker room."

Moncrief has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the Tide but based on his recent conversations with the Tide coaching staff, Moncrief believes that could soon change.

"Alabama is talking to me a lot right now. Coach (Bo) Davis and I speak pretty regularly and he's a really cool guy. He says the Alabama staff sees me as kind of a Julio Jones-type guy who can be real physical with the defense and at the same time make big plays and beat guys down the field with my speed. They said I'm high up on their board and they think they are going to offer me soon."

The Tide isn't the only major program keeping an eye on the star junior.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now that I am close to getting an offer. Michigan, Auburn, Clemson and LSU all have said they are going to offer me soon. I think a lot of them want to do a little more evaluation on me before they are ready to send an offer but what they've seen, they've liked."

"I am definitely going to the Clemson and LSU camps and I'm probably going to Alabama's camp as well but I'm still trying to set that up."

While new offers continue to pour in for Moncrief, the rising prospect plans on waiting until his recruiting options are more clear before considering a decision date.

"I will probably wait until signing day to decide but I may change my mind, especially if I feel like the right opportunity comes along and I don't want to miss it. A lot is going to depend on which of these schools decide to offer me and when they offer."

Moncrief boasts a 4.45 forty and averaged 20 yards per catch as a junior at Raleigh High School.

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