August 4, 2009

JUCO corner talks Tide

Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn't often hand out scholarship offers to junior college prospects but cornerback Dequan Menzie impressed the Crimson Tide coaching staff early on. Now the 6-foot, 198-pound defensive back is approaching his final season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. and the recruiting process is beginning to heat up.

"I'm going to try to narrow things down before the season starts but I really haven't decided on the list of finalists just yet," said Menzie. "I probably get the most attention from Alabama and Southern Miss and both of those schools will definitely get heavy consideration from me."

Menzie said his relationship with the Crimson Tide coaching staff has helped the Tide make a strong impression from the very beginning.

"I've talked to Coach (Kirby) Smart and Coach Sal (Sunseri) as well as Coach Saban and Alabama really wants me to be there. They don't recruit junior college guys very often so I know they wouldn't be recruiting me unless they really thought I was special. Alabama is as big as it gets when it comes to college football so it's exciting to be recruited by them. I'm definitely going to make it to a game this fall but I'd also like to get to a practice this month if I get the chance."

While the Crimson Tide have plenty to offer Menzie, Southern Miss remains a strong contender due to Menzie's earlier experiences there as a high school recruit.

"Southern Miss is a place I've always felt strongly about. I went to a few camps there as a recruit and it's just a really great community and a great school. The coaching staff they've got there now is really great too."

Menzie recorded 28 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass break-ups last season for Copiah-Lincoln.

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