Over the last few years Alabama has struck gold with several junior college prospects, including former nose guard Terrence Cody and current starting defensive end Jesse Williams.
Defensive back Deion Belue hopes he is next on that list.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder out of Tuscumbia (Ala.) Deshler committed to Alabama out of high school but failed to qualify and has since been at Northeast Mississippi Community College waiting for his chance to return to Tuscaloosa.
"Everything here is going well, things are going as planned," Belue said. "I absolutely want to retain my commitment to Alabama."
Belue could be a major part of Alabama's defense in 2012 if his commitment sticks. The Crimson Tide will loss starter DeQuan Menzie and nickel back Phelon Jones to graduation. There's also a chance that highly-touted junior Dre Kirkpatrick will declare early for the NFL.
For Belue's part he expects a seamless transition from Northeast Mississippi to Alabama.
"I feel like I can make the transition with no problem because the defensive backs coach is Nick Saban," Belue said. "I already know some of their drills and some of the techniques they teach."
Belue, who was rated as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2010, finished his senior season with 56 tackles and three interceptions. He also had over 2,000 all-purpose yards on offense where he was a running back and a return specialist. Belue was an all-state performer and selected to compete in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game.
Belue continued his impressive play during his freshman season at Northeast Mississippi. He started eight games last season and was also the team's punt returner.
"I feel like I've become a better player here," Belue said. "I've definitely improved my tackling."
He expects to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama in January. He will have three years to play two seasons. However, he is hopeful that he can made immediate contributions.
"I like the cornerback play at Alabama, they are solid without any real weaknesses," Belue added. "It's a physical group that can guard any receiver and they play aggressive on every down."
Belue chose the Tide over Auburn, Southern Miss and UAB in high school. He hasn't entertained many other options while at Northeast Mississippi but says several schools have inquired about him through his coaching staff.
"It's just Alabama unless something goes wrong," Belue said. "I'm not really even talking to anyone else but schools like Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Baylor have all asked about me through my coaches. I really don't know the full list because they deal with the coaches."
Seisay finds future out west
In 2010 Mohammed "Mo" Seisay was a freshman All-American while starting all 12 games at Memphis.
Then the 6-2, 200-pounder disappeared from the program after spring.
The defensive back from West Springfield (Va.) High and Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy committed to Memphis under coach Tommy West in 2009.
After recording 39 tackles and a team-high two interceptions in 2010, Seisay was expected to have a greater role on the defense under new coach Larry Porter. Instead he left the program after spring practice.
"I was their starting cornerback and towards the end of the spring I was moved to safety," Seisay said. "But they never really talked with me about [the move] first.
"I felt like the communication wasn't there so I talked with my family and we decided to go a different route."
Seisay transferred to Eastern Arizona College (Thatcher, Ariz.) in June and has already recorded an interception for the No. 15 team in the NJCAA polls.
"Everything has been good out here," Seisay said. "It's been a good opportunity to find a new situation."
Seisay already has offers from Kansas State and North Carolina and says that Nebraska, Florida State, Utah, Texas A&M and Cal are the other schools that have been in communication.
"I think I can bring leadership and a high-level of ability to any program," Seisay added. "I just want to go to a place where I can perform and be part of a good defense.
"I could play in any scheme, whether it's man coverage or zone. I can bump and run, I'm a good tackler. I think I have solid game all around."
German makes most of second chance
Quarterback Melvin German suffered a fractured ankle during his senior season at Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar that left people wondering whether the talented athlete would ever have the opportunity to play college football.
But after a sterling freshman season at Pearl River Community College (Poplarville, Miss.), the 6-3, 205-pounder is ready for the next level.
"Everything is going just like I want it right now," German said. "The ankle injury really scared the schools away. Thankfully Coach [Tim] Hatten, my head coach here, said he could get on back on track and he explained how the juco situation would work with.
"I'm very thankful he came to Fort Myers and recruited me."
After redshirting in 2009, German finished the 2010 season as the NJCAA's top individual passer with 2,728 yards and 17 touchdowns. He set a school record with 41 completions in a 503-yard effort against East Mississippi Community College and was named NJCAA's Offensive Player of the Week.
The nephew of former Miami Hurricanes and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Jammi German appears to be on pace for even greater things as a sophomore. He broke the completion record he set last year in a week one 56-55 overtime loss to Northwest Mississippi. He completed 42 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns.
Not surprisingly German's recruitment has started to heat up significantly.
"Mississippi State is looking at me hard right now," German said. "Auburn, Purdue, Miami and Utah are also in there."
German will have two years to play two seasons and would like to be in a pass-heavy spread offense.
"I like the empty spread with multiple receivers," German said. "I like the spread Florida used to run but I'm more of a passer and I want to throw the ball a lot similar to what Houston is doing with Case Keenum."
Siddoway moves on
Offensive lineman Charles Siddoway committed to Cal in 2009 out of Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon with the hopes of being one of the next great offensive linemen to come through the program.
However, things didn't go as planned and the 6-6, 295-pound is currently finishing up at Butte Community College (Oroville, Calif.)
"I was struggling with my grades down at Cal and they said I could petition to stay or go somewhere else and get my grades up and come back in the spring," Siddoway said. "I decided on Butte and it has worked out the best for me."
As Siddoway plans to graduate in December it doesn't appear that Cal will be in his future.
"Really I'd like to just open my recruiting and see how it goes," Siddoway added. "I'm going to try to make the best decision for me like I tried to do in high school."
Siddoway's early offers include Iowa State, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech. Colorado and Arkansas have also inquired and Siddoway plans on taking a visit to Fayetteville.
"Arkansas wants me to visit and hopefully I'll be visiting them in the second week of December," Siddoway said.
Siddoway said he currently plays left tackle at Butte but could play either tackle position.
Troy offers two
Troy has offered two members of the Pearl River program this week -- linebacker Chris Bermond and offensive lineman Chandlor Matthews.
Bermond was a four-year starter at Kiln (Miss.) Hancock where he was an All-State performer as a junior and senior. The 6-1, 235-pounder recorded 71 tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble in his freshman year at Pearl River.
York was a four-year starter at St. Stanislaus High (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) and was a first-team All-State performer at tackle as a junior and senior. Matthews (6-5, 290) also has offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Marshall
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.