August 9, 2010

Dial putting in the work

While the rest of the Crimson Tide's 2011 recruiting class has spent the summer at camps, visits and various high profile events, one member of the class has been quietly working both in the weight room and the classroom. East Mississippi Community College defender Quinton Dial, who originally signed with the Tide in 2009, has remained committed to playing for Alabama in his time at junior college and is now focusing on completing his final semester before joining the ranks in Tuscaloosa.

"This summer, I've been just focusing on running, getting in shape for the season and getting some classes completed so I can be ready to enroll at Alabama in January," Dial said. "I'm doing pretty well so far. My grades are in good shape and I'm right where I want to be weight-wise. I'm moving pretty well at 315 pounds and now I'm just trying to keep working on my overall strength. We start practice this week so I'm looking forward to finally seeing some of that work pay off on the field."

The 6-foot-6 lineman plays nose tackle for EMCC but is expected to line up at either defensive end or defensive tackle for the Crimson Tide. Dial said he believes his time in junior college has given him a chance to learn and develop good habits that have helped him both academically and athletically.

"I think I've improved a lot since high school when it comes to how I approach things in the classroom and on the field. I've learned a lot about working hard and I've seen how much it can pay off when you really put in the effort. Things have gotten better for me each day since I've gotten here and that has really been encouraging."

Dial said his contact with other members of the Tide's 2009 class have kept him motivated and focused on his goal of playing for the Crimson Tide.

"I have kept in touch with Nico Johnson and Trent Richardson and also Brandon Lewis, who was here last year. I talk to all of them a good bit and they tell me what things are like there. It makes me want to work even harder every day knowing what an incredible experience they have had. I want to be there and be a part of the team winning another championship."

"I keep in touch with the coaches at Alabama too. They have been really encouraging to me and they always tell me to finish my last semester strong because they can't wait to get me on campus in January. They feel like I have a chance to come in and make an impact right away and I want to do everything I can to make sure that when I get to Tuscaloosa, I can be ready to play and ready to help this team stay on top."

Dial boasts a 400-pound bench max and a 535-pound squat max.

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