Kendall Kelly, Dre Kirkpatrick pick Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide landed two strong prospects from Gadsden High School as four-star receiver Kendall Kelly and five-star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide at a press conference featured live on ESPNU and local television.

Kelly is 6’4″, 210 lbs. and runs a 4.45 in the 40. Kelly cited proximity as a reason for his decision. He said Alabama would allow his family a chance to see him play football.

Kirkpatrick is 6’2″, 180 lbs. and runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Kirkpatrick said Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban recruited his mother and that influenced his decision. He said he will work to rehab from his shoulder surgery last Thursday.

Tommy Tuberville said Kirkpatrick has one of the most important things in a cornerback, size. The former Auburn coach said Kirkpatrick needs to add weight and would once he got on campus.

“He has a lot of upside to him,” Tuberville said on ESPNU.

Tuberville said it is “tough” since Nick Saban arrived to recruit the state of Alabama.

“It is hard to beat Nick with the way he is rolling now,” Tuberville said.

Tuberville said the coaching in high school football in the state helps player development.