Alabama hosts elite 2014 TE at camp

Class of 2014 tight end Kevin Crosby said Alabama is among his top schools. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

The University of Alabama’s first summer prospect camp featured not only some of the top rising seniors, but also a group of elite 2014 prospects, including Bamberg, S.C., tight end Kevin Crosby.

Crosby made the seven-hour drive to Tuscaloosa with his family on Sunday and stayed through the entire camp. He worked out Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before leaving town on Wednesday.

“It was really good because we got to do a lot of work,” Crosby said. “We got a lot of work in, not just with the football, but a lot of moving and working your hips and stuff like that.”

Listed as an inside linebacker on ESPN, Crosby worked with UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as a linebacker the first two days, but it was clear the Alabama staff likes him more on the offensive side of the ball after seeing him at tight end later in the week.

“[Nick] Saban said he really loved me at tight end,” Crosby said.

Before leaving town Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect had a sit-down meeting with the Crimson Tide’s head coach.

“He was talking academics, life after football, the expectations of when you become a Crimson Tide, things like that,” Crosby said. “He always wants you to succeed to your greatest potential and not just settle for less and be an average person.”

At the camp, Crosby worked out alongside a lot of the top prospects who were in town and had the opportunity to talk to some of the other 2014 recruits. He also caught up with Alabama’s top 2013 commitment, Reuben Foster, the No. 2 player in the new ESPN 150 rankings.

“He’s a good guy,” Crosby said. “That’s my boy. He was just talking about how he’s already committed, how he’s taking visits to schools and stuff, but how he realized he wanted to come play for Alabama. He was just kind of telling me to keep exploring your options until you find the right fit.”

With 35 scholarship offers already in hand, Crosby is nowhere close to finding the right fit yet, but he said that when he makes his final list, the Crimson Tide would be on it.

“I feel like I could fit into their scheme that they work in,” he said. “The coaches are great. They get after you, but off the field, they’re going to take care of you. The academics are great, too.”

Crosby plans to return to Tuscaloosa this fall for a game, possibly Florida Atlantic in September. He also wants to visit Florida in the near future.