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Alabama prospects react to weekend SEC visits

Jayden Lewis
Jayden Lewis (Nick Lucero/

It was another busy visit weekend for the top prospects in the state of Alabama. A majority of the top talent in the Yellowhammer State were nestled in Tuscaloosa to witness the much-anticipated matchup between the Crimson Tide and Texas A&M while another emerging 2024 prospect was in Gainesville for the first time to watch Florida's win over Missouri.

Reactions from the top 2024 and 2025 talent are provided below.

Top prospects in Tuscaloosa:


After impressing the Alabama coaches at their June 13th camp, Thompson picked up an offer from the Crimson Tide and became their first commitment of the 2024 class shortly after on June 24th. The three-star prospect. Thompson is having a productive junior season, hauling in 63 passes for 731 yards and nine touchdowns through seven games.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "The atmosphere is just different. Nothing like it. And overall, it was a pretty good game."

Henderson has already established himself as one of the best prospects in the 2025 class. The Elba (Ala.) product already has over 50 offers on his resume and is dominating on the gridiron this season, rushing for 1,368 yards and 25 touchdowns.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "From the time I arrived on campus I was fired up as well as the coaches too. It was so lit inside the stadium. It was literally rocking thirty minutes before the game. Everything really stands out to me about Alabama, just everything. The coaches was really just explaining to me how they loved me and wanted me up to every game so one day I would hopefully be playing for them. I literally love college gameday, especially Bama, it’s just electrifying."

Swain may not have an Alabama offer yet, but he's another emerging 2025 prospect to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect has offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, Kentucky, and Mississippi State.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "It went great. I talked to the coaches. It was packed. The crowd was electric. Can’t wait to get back down."

Banks is in Alabama's backyard and already attended the Crimson Tide's opener against Utah State. The Rivals250 prospect has been active this fall, also taking trips to Ole Miss, Auburn, and Tennessee as well.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "I always enjoy my experience when I'm on Alabama's campus. From the moment I enter the building, I'm treated like family as if I'm already apart of them team. The game was a very competitive game, I like how the fans stayed engaged all four quarters. Bryant Denny was definitely rocking, they were locked in. Overall, I enjoyed myself as always."

Beaman is a 2024 prospect that will continue to rise up the ranks with his 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame. The three-star has picked up recent offers from Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Michigan State. His return visit to Tuscaloosa gave him a chance to see some familiar faces.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "The vibe was good and I was excited to see some guys I train with in the off-season. The fans were loud the whole game and you could feel the energy."

Lewis is another highly-touted prospect in the 2024 class that finds himself in the Rivals250 rankings. While he doesn't have an offer from Alabama yet, one could come soon enough as the four-star has picked up recent offers from Missouri, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Ole Miss.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "I had a great time Saturday. The love from the fans. The environment. Made it feel like home and the standard going into everything is high."

Ross has put together impressive film this fall and college coaches are taking notice of the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder. The Vestavia Hills (Ala.) product has picked up recent offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, and Kansas.

ON HIS ALABAMA VISIT: "I mean, the atmosphere was like never before it felt like everyone was a family. (The biggest thing that stood out was) when Nick Saban met all of us after the game and shook all of our hands."

Metcalf makes first trip to Florida:

Metcalf showed off at the Rivals Camp in Atlanta this spring and backed it up with a great performance at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in the summer. The three-star hold early offers from Arkansas and Jackson State, but plenty of power five programs are keeping an eye on the talented 2024 prospect. Metcalf took his first trip to Florida this past weekend and loved his experience in Gainesville.

ON HIS FLORIDA VISIT: "The fans were unbelievable. It was my first time actually being in Gainesville, so it was nice. I was invited by Coach Benedick Hyppolite. He’s been staying in touch with me and my family. They said they like the way I play. I also had the opportunity to meet Coach Sean Spencer briefly. They treated us good. Florida has a really good defense. They’re physical and can really play. I like watching them."