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Local Talent Rolls in For Crimson Tide

Riley Norris '14

Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala), a 6’7” small forward, announced his commitment to the University of Alabama today via Twitter.  Norris has been a Crimson Tide fan since he was young and is looking forward to being part of the Alabama family himself. 

Norris, ranked 64th by ESPN, chose Alabama over Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Butler, Marquette and various other schools. 

After an unofficial visit this past weekend, Norris decided it was the right place for him.  Not only is he passionate about Alabama, but feels that he will fit in well with the system head coach Anthony Grant has implemented. 

Norris is best known for his scoring ability and his consistent shooting behind the three-point arc.  During his junior season at Albertville High School, the sharp shooter averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds.

But his shot isn’t the only reason he will fit in well with the Crimson Tide.  His athleticism gives him the ability to run the floor and make crafty moves around the rim.  He is a versatile guard that has a knack for finding whatever it takes to score. 

Norris is the second 2014 recruit to commit to Alabama in the past week.  Another local recruit, Justin Coleman, a 5’10” point guard committed to Grant and the Crimson Tide last week. 

This gives Grant two top 100 recruits in the 2014 class and there is rumor that there is a few more on the way.  There has been talk about Alabama’s top recruits, known as the “fab five,” continuing their college careers together. 

One of the fab five members, Demetrious Houston, committed to Mississippi State last month, but the Crimson Tide are still in pursuit of the remaining two recruits.   

Isaac Haas is a 7’2” center from Hokes Bluff High School that is powerful down low.  Haas said that Alabama is one of the top schools on his list and will make his decision after taking some visits.  Other schools he is considering are Purdue, Wake Forest, Virginia and Auburn. 

William Lee is the other member of the “fab five” that the Crimson Tide are after.  He is a 6’9” power forward that runs the floor and finishes well.  He is extremely athletic and is able to attack the rim from anywhere on the floor.  Other schools he is considering are Georgia, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Utah State. 

The Crimson Tide have already secured two top recruits that are sure to come in and make an impact right away.  If Grant was able to secure the other local talent in Haas and Lee, he would arguably have the most talented 2014 class in the nation.