May 24, 2010

Clinton-Dix talks Tuscaloosa camp

Dr. Phillips (FL) Orlando defensive back and Alabama commitment Hasean Clinton-Dix made waves last weekend with an impressive performance at the Nike Football Training Camp in Tuscaloosa, standing out as a top performer among an impressive list of top recruits for the Class of 2011. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete took the camp as both an opportunity to showcase his skills and another chance to visit the campus he will soon call his home away from home.

"The camp went really well for me. I enjoyed my time there and got a lot out of it," Clinton-Dix said. "It was also a good chance for me to get to Tuscaloosa again and get a better feel for the place. I'm already starting to really get comfortable being there and I can't wait until the day this is actually where I will be going to school and playing football."

Clinton-Dix drove up to Tuscaloosa with his teammate and fellow elite recruit Demetrius Hart, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back and though Hart kept relatively quiet about the visit, Clinton-Dix said he believes his teammate came away with a good impression of his time in Tuscaloosa.

"Demetrius and I drove up together and I know he was really looking forward to it for a while. It was his second time to go to Tuscaloosa so he kind of knew what to expect but at the same time he wanted to get a better feel for things this time."

"It's hard to know for sure how he feels about Alabama but I'd say from talking to him on a scale of 1 to 10, he's got Alabama at about 8. I think he really likes what he's seen so far and whenever he's ready and feels comfortable he will make a decision."

In addition to his teammate, Clinton-Dix also spoke with several other Tide recruits in attendance at the event, including one Tide target who is currently committed to another school, Clemson commit Robert Smith

"Smith was really impressive to me as a cornerback and he told me he thought Alabama was showing a lot of interest in him lately. Also Daryl Collins, who is also committed to Alabama, did really well and he and I faced off a few times in one-on-one drills. I had a couple of breakups and he had a couple of catches so it was a good matchup."

The Rivals250 to Watch member said he plans on taking the rest of the summer to continue training and working on his game.

"I've been focused this offseason on improving my speed and also working on coverages and the mental aspect of the game. I feel like I still have a lot of room to improve as a player and I think I can come back this fall and really take my game to another level."

While Clinton-Dix does plan on taking visits to other schools in the fall, he maintains that his commitment to the Crimson Tide is solid.

"I plan on taking all five of my official visits but I am definitely firmly committed to Alabama and I'm not interested in any other schools."

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