June 3, 2010

Dial preparing for UA

One of the first players to add his name to the list for Alabama's 2011 recruiting class was junior college defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who enrolled at East Mississippi Community College after failing to qualify for the Crimson Tide in 2009. After a strong freshman season, Dial is now preparing to play his second season at EMCC, a move that Dial believes will help get him ready to play for the defending national champions.

"Spring practice went really well for me. I had a pretty good spring game too and I feel like things are starting to click for me," Dial said. "I thought about redshirting at one point but after talking to my coaches here and the coaches at Alabama, I decided I could really benefit a lot from playing this fall. Coach Saban encouraged me to do it and said he thought it would help get me ready to play immediately. I'll have two years left to play when I get to Alabama and hopefully I will be able to be a major contributor in both of those years."

Dial, who was a four-star defensive tackle for Clay High School back in 2009, said he was stunned at the level of competition he faced in his first season in the unior college system but said he believes the experience has been valuable preparation for his upcoming career in the SEC.

"It's been real eye-opening experience. Almost everybody playing in this junior college system is in the same position as me. They are talented guys trying to work hard to make it to a major college program. These are all very talented players so it's been a great challenge. The level of competition is amazing."

While the 6-foot-6, 315-pound star wasn't able to share in the celebration of the Tide's national championship with his 2009 classmates, he said their efforts have inspired him to work harder than ever.

"I talk to a lot of the guys from the '09 class still, especially Trent Richardson and Dre Kirkpatrick. Those two guys came in and made an impact right away and they kind of made it look easy but people who know them know that they had to work really hard to get to that point. You don't make an impact like that in the SEC without working really hard and they kind of helped set an example for me so I know what I need to do to succeed at that level."

With a 3.6 GPA, Dial is currently on pace to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama in January, giving him a chance to compete for a starting job next spring.

"The coaches just keep telling me to keep working hard in the classroom. They are counting on me to come in next spring and make a big difference for them up front right away."

Dial boasts a 400-pound bench max and a 535-pound squat max.

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