April 17, 2011

5-star OT blown away by A-Day

In a year where the offensive line recruiting class is thin, D.J. Humphries may have not only been the top recruit in Tuscaloosa for A-Day, but also the most important.

Humphries, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle, traveled all the way from Charlotte, N.C. to watch the University of Alabama's spring game on Saturday and was impressed with what he saw.

"It was a great visit," Humphries said. "We got to sit down and meet with all the coaches, visit the campus while we walked to the spring game, and it was a good spring game."

The Rivals.com five-star now considers Alabama to be among his top four schools, along with Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. It's pretty evident the big offensive lineman is set on playing in the SEC.

"To me, I feel like the SEC is really the best conference to play in," Humphries said. "It's pretty much an NFL pipeline, and I feel like it's the best conference in college football."

At the spring game, Humphries was blown away by the 92,340 fans who packed in Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the Crimson Tide.

"It was a pretty intense game," Humphries said. "It was what, 90,000 at a spring game? That's the first time I've ever heard anything like that.

"I liked how (Dee) Hart played, the new freshman. He was balling for a freshman that had just come in January. Of course, Trent Richardson was doing good, too. I like that (Phillip) Sims at quarterback."

Before the game Humphries and his dad got to hang out on the field where they watched the players warm up and even got to meet some former stars at UA.

"We were out on the field before the game, and I got to shake hands with Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram," he said. "It was crazy after the guys ran out onto the field."

Humphries said he plans to come back to Tuscaloosa in the fall for an Alabama game.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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