Each week, FNL heads to a game involving top prospects on the recruiting radar of schools from across the country. In addition to pre- and post-game comments from top high school coaches about their players and games, FNL always features a food review. It may be the stadium burgers if it's our first trip in, or, more likely, a local restaurant.
Historically, the food reviews have been one of FNL's most popular components.
We have an ambitious schedule beginning this week with 6A power Prattville heading to historic Cramton Bowl to take on the Vols of Jeff Davis. Each team features a top senior college prospect: Prattville defensive lineman and Bama verbal commitment Nick Gentry (6-1, 272) and Jeff Davis linebacker Jonathan Beasley (6-2, 215) are two of the Capital City area's top players this year. Well, top senior players.
Prattville junior Justin Albert reminds lots of folks of a certain injured No. 4 who took his talents from Heflin to Tuscaloosa a few years back. Albert lines up all over the place for the Lions, and can "take it to the house" from virtually any spot on the field. Recruitniks will remember Justin's older brother, Rico Albert, who signed with FSU two years back, but did not qualify.
Each team will have other underclassmen who bear watching, and those names are a key part of the game story. FNL always seeks to identify the future members of college recruiting boards.
Here's a quick look at the remainder of FNL's regular season schedule:
September 22: Hoover travels to Mountain Brook with the Bucs' talent of Scout.com five-star Kerry Murphy, Auburn verbal commitments Josh Chapman and Ryan Pugh and Alabama grayshirt Patrick Crump. The Spartans feature Alabama grayshirt William Vlachos, Clemson verbal commitment Drew Traylor and top junior prospect Tyler Love.
September 28th: A Thursday edition featuring Huffman vs Woodlawn in the Magic City. Christian Smith has settled in at wide receiver for the Vikings.
October 6: Lee vs Carver in Montgomery, as Mississippi State commitment Chris Relf quarterbacks his Wolverines in a backyard brawl against the Lee Generals, the state's most traditional team has fallen on hard times.
October 13: Hoover and its load of prospects including wide receiver Brandon Clear and quarterback Ross Wilson head to Vestavia, for FNL's first official trip there. Rebels' coach Buddy Anderson is a venerable vet with some juniors who bear watching. Hoover always does.
October 20: Volunteer d-line coach John Copeland of Paul Bryant and his team play host to Tuscaloosa County, coached by former Tide defensive back Robert Higgenbotham. Coach Hig always has a prospect or two, like senior defensive lineman Josh Lewis and top junior offensive tackle, John Michael Boswell, a 6-6, 286 man-mountain who is drawing his share of SEC interest.
October 27: Briarwood Christian and top junior signal-caller Barrett Trotter play host to Chelsea, which features dynamic dynamo Davin Palmer, son of David, and just as quick and shifty. Davin is averaging about 300 yards of total offense per game so far. Few in the state are more fun to watch. Trotter will get a lot of looks from schools across the country.
Then, after an off week, it's full-throttle FNL through the AHSAA play-offs and into the Super 6 at Legion Field. Stay tuned--its gonna be a heck of a ride full of food, fun and football!
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