DeMarcus Bingham gets calls, favors Tide

Junior DeMarcus Bingham knows he is close to the first scholarship offer. In his first preseason game, the 6-foot-3 wide receiver hauled in six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. On Friday night, he sprained his ankle on the first play of the game but still managed to catch four passes for 67 yards as Foley High School edged Alma Bryant, 21-19 in the team’s opener.

The college coaches have noticed.

Since the open contact period began on Saturday, Bingham has received phone calls from Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi State. Despite all of the interest, there’s only one school that really stands out.

“I’m just waiting on Alabama to offer,” Bingham said. “Right now, I’m just recovering from my ankle injury. I want to be 100 percent for Daphne, which is next week. I’m going to show out that game, so I think it will get their attention a lot more, and I’ll get an offer.”

If he gets an offer from the Crimson Tide, Bingham could continue the recent pipeline from Foley to Tuscaloosa. Since 2008, the high school has produced the likes of D.J. Fluker, Julio Jones and Robert Lester. All three recruits wound up being All-Americans for Alabama.

“I can’t even explain that,” Bingham said. “It’s still crazy. I was watching ESPN the other day, and they were talking about Julio [Jones], and they were saying three players had come from Foley, Ala., to Alabama and become All-Americans.”

Foley added another future Tide player last month when ESPN 300 defensive lineman Darius Page transferred in from Penscalosa, Fla./Washington. Page committed to UA in May.

As for Bingham, he’s expected to visit Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Tide’s home opener against Western Kentucky. Even though it’s a lesser opponent, the 2014 prospect wants to see this year’s Alabama team in person.

“I’m excited,” he said. “They’ve got a different team this year. I’m always ready to see different things and explore different things.”

This Friday, Bingham may only play sparingly as he recovers from the ankle injury, but he wants to make sure he’s 100 percent for the Dapne game in two weeks. If he can have a big game against the Trojans, the offers may start filing in.