Hornets hit the home stretch in recruiting

One down, two to go as the Alabama State football coaching staff continues their work for the signing class of 2014.

The Hornets hosted a large group this past weekend, the biggest of the recruiting weekends, as signing day nears.

“We’ve got about 25 guys coming in that we think are good athletes from as close as Dothan and as far as Miami,” head coach Reggie Barlow said. “It’s a good group of guys.”

Next weekend (Jan. 24-26), Barlow and his staff are expected to have 11 more recruits on campus, which doesn’t include two that are coming in the middle of the week because of scheduling conflicts on the weekend. The final week often includes prior commitments taking official visits or last-second additions that may add or delete their name based on official visits they’ve taken to other campuses. Barlow said there are currently six athletes planning to visit campus on Jan. 31-Feb. 2, but that could change.

Alabama State hopes to sign 15 players on Feb. 5, focusing on receivers and defensive linemen to compensate for the large number of seniors at that position in 2014.

“We’re trying hard to stay within that number,” Barlow said. “Next year is a huge class. We’re going to be losing so many receivers next year so you really need to get four of those guys this year. On the D-line, we’re losing them all so we definitely have to get four kids at that spot. That’s eight. Among those four or five, you’d like to have a junior college guy.”

The rest of the class will include players signed for talent more than position, although the Hornets, as always, plan to add another quarterback and will focus on the secondary as well.


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