Tide recruits soaring on Rivals

Alabama commitments Trent Richardson and AJ McCarron moved up on Rivals.com list of the Top 100 players.

Richardson is now a five-star recruit and ranked #11 in the nation. Rivals explained the move: Richardson, who has committed to Alabama, was very light on his feet at “Friday Night Lights” in Gainesville, Fla. He had a good change of direction and surprisingly soft hands for the most muscular back I have ever seen.

Richardson’s previous ranking was based on film, the new ranking was based on Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp.

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McCarron moved up from #135 in the country to #89. Rivals explained the move: This tall, thin Alabama commit possesses a Dan Marino-type release. He showed good arm strength and accuracy on short and mid-range passes. McCarron also was above average in his drops and footwork.

McCarron’s most recent evaluation was at the EA Sports Elite 11 camp.