November 7, 2011

A pair of 2013 QBs love UA visit

By Aaron Suttles
Senior Recruiting Analyst

One of the top 2013 quarterback prospects was in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night and couldn't have had a more positive experience.
Tahlequah, Ok., junior Brayden Scott was part of the staggering number of talented recruits on hand for the No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown. Scott was on his way back to Oklahoma Sunday night and took a few minutes to speak with TideSports about his visit.
"Where can I begin? Alabama is first class in everything that they do," Scott said. "From getting you there by asking if you want to come to showing you around the campus to showing you around the locker room to putting you on the field in that atmosphere, Alabama's campus is everything you could ask for. I got to talk to some of the coaches. I mainly talked to my recruiting coach, Coach (Mike) Groh. We talked about my season and what he wants me to do after the season, when he wants to meet with me.
"What I loved about the game was how many people there were. I loved how that atmosphere for No. 1-No. 2 was. I loved how everybody was pumped up for it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Scott has a playoff game this Friday night. He has more than 2,000 passing yards, 800 yards rushing yards, 27 touchdown passes and eight rushing scores.
Scott rubbed elbows with some of the best recruits in the country on Saturday night.
"When I went to all the camps over the summer I built relationships and I saw all these top athletes in the nation and when I was at Alabama I saw almost all of them. It was really cool being in the same room with all the top athletes in the nation. Being a part of that was pretty cool. I was really thankful to be there. Maybe one day I'll be the quarterback to beat LSU."
He said he hopes to one day play in an atmosphere like he experienced in Tuscaloosa.
"I love playing in big games. If I could have it my way I could play in front of 100,000 in a high school game. I love big atmospheres. Whether they're for me or against me I love that crowd and that atmosphere. I love that pressure. I'm the type of guy that scores under pressure. Pressure really doesn't pull me enough. It gives me strength."

A special place

By Greg Ostendorf
Recruiting Analyst

The University of Alabama hosted another top 2013 quarterback, Connor Mitch, for its showdown with LSU over the weekend.

For Mitch, a native of Raleigh, N.C., it was his first trip to Tuscaloosa, and he was blown away by the fans, the tradition and the overall atmosphere at Alabama.

"That was probably the most incredible atmosphere that I've ever been a part of or seen," Mitch said. "Alabama's a pretty special place. Going there and seeing a game like that, you just get a positive feel. I loved it there.

"The thing I saw the most was the tradition. I went into the Bear Bryant Museum and saw everything in there. In general, the one thing I think of with Alabama is the tradition and how special it is there."

On his visit, Mitch got a chance tour the campus and the facilities, including the practice locker room and the weight room. He also talked with UA offensive coordinator Jim McElwain about where he stands with Alabama.

"I talked to Coach McElwain, the offensive coordinator, and he told me he was going to come up to my school in the spring and watch me throw a little bit," Mitch said. "He wants me to come down this summer."

At this point, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State and East Carolina but he's been receiving strong interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State.

Mitch plans to visit Penn State next weekend and is also scheduled to be back in the state of Alabama later this month when the Crimson Tide travels to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.

As a junior at Wakefield High School, Mitch finished the season with 51 touchdowns through the air and three more on the ground.

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