Nick Saban rides Georgia talent to the top

Alabama-bound teammates Dallas Warmack (center) and Mekhi Brown (right)

Alabama-bound teammates Dallas Warmack (center) and Mekhi Brown (right)

Alabama’s Nick Saban is generally considered to be the nation’s top college football recruiter, and a major reason for that is his success in luring elite prospects from Georgia.

Alabama has 21 commitments for its 2015 class, including three from Georgia: Mays High School offensive lineman Dallas Warmack, Lovejoy High School defensive back Montrell Custis and Carver-Columbus High School defensive end Mekhi Brown.

Warmack is the younger brother of former Alabama All-American Chance Warmack (now in the NFL), so it was no surprise that he picked the Crimson Tide over Auburn.

The younger Warmack thought about attending Saturday’s SEC Championship game, but hopes that he does not.

“I don’t know, I might be there — it depends on whether or not we win or lose this weekend,” he said, referring to Mays playing Stockbridge on Friday night in the semifinals of the state playoffs. “Hopefully we’ll win, and I won’t be there because I’ll be getting ready to play in a state championship.”

Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban (AP)

Not surprisingly, Warmack thinks Alabama will win big on Saturday.

“I think Alabama is going to win by a lot probably,” he said. “I just haven’t heard a lot about Missouri beating good teams. But Missouri shocked a lot of people by making it to the SEC Championship. I still think Alabama is No. 1.”

Custis has a similar prediction as his future Alabama teammate:

“I think it’s going to be another SEC championship for Alabama,” Custis said. “I’m going to go with the score Alabama 35-17 over Missouri.

“The momentum from the Auburn game will carry them. We made some mistakes in that game, but we got it right. Blake Sims is playing good, and Amari Cooper should win the Heisman. Our defense is playing lights out.

Custis is finished with his senior season, but isn’t sure if he’ll attend the SEC Championship because he’s thinking about taking the ACT test earlier that day.

If both Warmack and Custis miss Alabama on Saturday, they will see Saban again soon enough. Saban is scheduled to return to the Atlanta area on Monday for in-home visits with both prospects.

Missouri has one commitment from Georgia, defensive back T.J Warren of Rockdale County High School.


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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