Here is the official release detailing the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2010 recruiting class.
Crimson Tide Ink 18 on National Signing Day (courtesy of UA Media Relations)
TUSCALOOSA – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced today that 18 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining 11 players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.
The 29 players, including 11 mid-year enrollees, come from nine states – Alabama (11), Georgia (7), Tennessee (3), Texas (3), Maryland (1), North Carolina (1), South Carolina (1), Virginia (1); Florida (1)
Alabama’s 2010 signing class is ranked third nationally by ESPNU, fourth by Scout.com and fifth by Rivals.com.
As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, four linebackers, three wide receivers, two running backs, two tight ends, one quarterback, one athlete, one place-kicker and one punter.
Eleven players – PK Cade Foster, RB Jalston Fowler, DB John Fulton, DE Brandon Lewis, OL Chad Lindsay, OL Darius McKeller, DB DeMarcus Milliner, DL Anthony Orr, OL Austin Shepherd, QB Phillip Sims and LB Petey Smith – are already attending classes at the University. They all enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2010 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama’s spring football practices. The other 18 players signed national letters of intent today. The Crimson Tide had four players enroll during the spring semester last season.
Among the 29 players are:
5 members of the EA Sports prep All-America team – Adrian Hubbard; Chad Lindsay; DeMarcus Milliner; C.J. Mosley; Phillip Sims
5 players participated in the U.S. Army prep All-America game – Cade Foster; Arie Kouandjio; C.J. Mosley; DeAndrew White; Jarrick Williams
7 players participated in the Under Armour All-America Game – John Fulton; Alfy Hill; DeMarcus Milliner; Adrian Hubbard; Chad Lindsay; Phillip Sims; Brian Vogler
3 members of the Parade magazine prep All-America team – DeMarcus Milliner; C.J. Mosley; Phillip Sims
9 players in the ESPNU 150 – John Fulton; DeMarcus Milliner; Alfy Hill; Adrian Hubbard; Chad Lindsay; Keiwone Malone; C.J. Mosley; Phillip Sims; Brian Vogler
5 players named to the Rivals100 – John Fulton; Alfy Hill; DeMarcus Milliner; C.J. Mosley; DeAndrew White
12 players named to the Scout.com Southeast 150 – DeMarcus Milliner; John Fulton; Jarrick Williams; Nick Perry; Alfy Hill, C.J. Mosley; Corey Grant; Jalston Fowler; Blake Sims; Brian Vogler; Keiwone Malone; Ronald Carswell
11 players named to The Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 – DeMarcus Milliner; John Fulton; Jarrick Williams; C.J. Mosley; Adrian Hubbard; Brian Vogler; Corey Grant; Keiwone Malone; Jalston Fowler; Nick Perry; Blake Sims
7 players named to The Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 – DeMarcus Milliner; Jarrick Williams; C.J. Mosley; Corey Grant; Nick Perry; Jalston Fowler; Deion Belue
2009 Alabama Football Signees (18)
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Deion Belue DB 6-0 170 Tuscumbia, Ala./Deshler HS
Ronnie Carswell WR 6-0 180 Macon, Ga./Westside HS
Corey Grant RB 5-9 186 Opelika, Ala./Opelika HS
Alfy Hill LB 6-4 245 Shallotte, N.C./West Brunswick HS
Adrian Hubbard LB 6-6 227 Lawrenceville, Ga./Norcross HS
Brandon Ivory DL 6-4 335 Memphis, Tenn./East HS
Harrison Jones TE 6-4 235 Germantown, Tenn./Evangelical Christian School
Arie Kouandjio OL 6-5 335 Beltsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic HS
Wilson Love DL 6-3 275 Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook HS
Keiwone Malone WR 5-11 165 Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell HS
DeQuan Menzie DB 6-0 195 Columbus, Ga./Copiah-Lincoln JC/Carver HS
C.J. Mosley LB 6-2 225 Theodore, Ala./Theodore HS
Nick Perry DB 6-1 193 Prattville, Ala./Prattville HS
Blake Sims ATH 6-0 195 Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville HS
Brian Vogler TE 6-7 242 Columbus, Ga./Brookstone HS
DeAndrew White WR 6-0 180 Houston, Texas/North Shore HS
Jarrick Williams DB 6-1 203 Mobile, Ala./Blount HS
Jay Williams P 6-3 208 Thomasville, Ala./Thomasville HS
Already Enrolled at Alabama (11)
Cade Foster PK 6-1 213 Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll HS
Jalston Fowler RB 6-1 245 Mobile, Ala./Vigor HS
John Fulton DB 6-0 178 Manning, S.C./Manning HS
Brandon Lewis DL 6-3 265 Pleasant Grove, Ala./East Mississippi CC/ Pleasant Grove HS
Chad Lindsay OL 6-2 288 The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS
Darius McKeller OL 6-6 319 Jonesboro, Ga./Jonesboro HS
DeMarcus Milliner DB 6-1 180 Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore HS
Anthony Orr DL 6-4 270 Madison, Ala./Sparkman HS
Austin Shepherd OL 6-5 315 Buford, Ga./North Gwinnett HS
Phillip Sims QB 6-2 224 Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith HS
Petey Smith LB 6-1 245 Tampa, Fla./Armwood HS
2009 Alabama Recruit Bios
DB, 6-0, 170, Tuscumbia, Ala. (Deshler)
Deion Belue proved to be a playmaker in high school on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball … rated as the No. 7 player in the state of Alabama by the Tuscaloosa News and was No. 16 in the Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 … listed as the No. 21 cornerback nationally by Scout.com and the No. 39 athlete by ESPNU … a two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association 4A All-State selection, named as a defensive back in 2008 and an athlete in 2009 … the No. 12 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … an All-Southeast Region selection by PrepStar … competed in the Alabama/Mississippi High School All-State Game … recorded 70 tackles as a junior in 2008 with four interceptions – with two returned for touchdowns … also returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns while hauling in over 800 yards receiving and five touchdowns … picked the Crimson Tide over Auburn, UAB and Southern Miss.
WR, 6-0, 180, Macon, Ga. (Westside)
Ronald Carswell is a speedy and versatile wide receiver prospect out of Georgia … comes to the Capstone as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the nation’s No. 38 wide receiver prospect … ranked as the No. 65 wide out by ESPNU and the No. 71 wide receiver by Rivals.com … listed as the No. 48 player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com and the No. 35 player in the state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … a PrepStar All-American at wide receiver … a AAAA All-State selection by the AJC … listed at No. 36 among players from Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine … caught 41 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Westside High School – the same high school as former Tide cornerback Kareem Jackson … hauled in 34 receptions for 627 yards and three scores in 2008 while compiling 33 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006 … chose Alabama over East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
RB, 5-9, 186, Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)
A speedy and versatile running back out of Opelika High School, Corey Grant comes to the Capstone with a reputation for being a playmaker … a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … ranked as the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose running back by Rivals.com and a member of the Rival250 … listed as the No. 23 running back prospect nationally by both ESPNU and Scout.com … No. 7 on Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 in Alabama … also rated No. 71 in the Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 11 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … SuperPrep Magazine All-American … the publication ranks Grant as the state’s No. 6 player and the country’s No. 14 running back … a PrepStar All-American at running back … played in the 2010 Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game … two-time defending Alabama 6A State 100-meter Champion and also won the 2009 200 meters … rushed for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns while splitting time at running back and wide receiver and catching 16 passes for 235 yards and two more scores … 2009 6A honorable mention ASWA All-State selection … rushed for 724 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2008 while averaging 8.2 yards per carry … also averaged 28.4 yards per punt return with two scores … chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
LB, 6-4, 245, Shallotte, N.C. (West Brunswick)
Alfy Hill is a versatile linebacker prospect with excellent size and speed … an explosive pass rusher that can affect the quarterback … a four-star prospect … ranked 61st in the ESPNU 150 and 70th in the Rivals100 … ESPNU has Hill as the nation’s sixth-ranked defensive end while Rivals.com lists him as the No. 8 strongside end prospect … shined in the Under Armour All-American Game … the No. 3 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … a SuperPrep All-American and the publication’s No. 20 defensive line prospect … SuperPrep’s No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina … No. 64 on Tom Lemming’s Top 100 2010 prospects … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 107 player nationally … played for head coach Jimmy Fletcher at West Brunswick High School … recorded 112 tackles with 15 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a junior in 2008 … also blocked four punts … 2008 first-team North Carolina All-State selection … missed the 2007 season with a broken wrist … is the first player from North Carolina to accept a scholarship offer at Alabama since Jeff Dunn in the 1980’s … chose Alabama over North Carolina, North Carolina State, LSU, Clemson and South Carolina.
LB, 6-6, 227, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Norcross)
Adrian Hubbard comes to the Capstone as a tremendous athlete with unlimited potential … has the size and speed to be a dangerous threat as a pass rusher off the edge … third-team EA Sports All-American … ranked 54th in the final ESPNU 150 and listed as the No. 5 defensive end after his impressive performance in the Under Armour All-America Game … ranked as the No. 10 defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and was ranked 189th in the final Rivals250 … No. 14 in the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2010 Top 50 … No. 48 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … an All-Southeast Region by PrepStar Magazine … racked up 102 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior at Norcross High School for head coach Keith Maloof … No. 41 in the state of Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine … chose the Crimson Tide over Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn and Kentucky.
DL, 6-3, 335, Memphis, Tenn. (East)
Brandon Ivory was a late commit to the Crimson Tide’s 2010 signing class … a big, run-stuffing nose guard that should be a perfect fit in Alabama’s 3-4 defensive scheme … a three-star lineman … ranked 73rd among defensive linemen by Rivals.com … registered 45 tackles at East High School in Memphis, Tenn., in 2009 for head coach Marcus Wimberly … chose Alabama over Memphis and Southern Miss.
TE, 6-4, 235, Germantown, Tenn. (Evangelical Christian)
Harrison Jones follows his brother Barrett to the University of Alabama where Barrett started at right guard for the 2009 national champions … Harrison is a prototypical tight end at 6-4, 225 pounds … an excellent route runner with good hands and speed … a four-star prospect by ESPNU who is rated as the No. 9 tight end nationally … the No. 19 tight end by Rivals.com and the No. 8 player in the state of Tennessee … SuperPrep Magazine lists Jones as the No. 9 prospect in Tennessee … an All-Southeast Region by PrepStar Magazine … caught 16 passes for 272 yards (17.0 ypc) and seven touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 115 yards as a fullback … earned All-Region and All-State recognition from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … participated in the Liberty Bowl All-Star Game … coached by Jim Heinz at Evangelical Christian School … chose Alabama over North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida State, Stanford and Tennessee … father, Rex, played basketball at Alabama (1981-84).
OL, 6-5, 335, Beltsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)
Arie Kouandjio was one of the top offensive line prospects nationally in 2010 … a four-star prospect who possesses excellent size and mobility … a U.S. Army All-American … a SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the No. 23 offensive lineman nationally … also ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep … ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle by Rivals.com and 117th in the Rivals250 … ranked as the No. 12 offensive tackle by Tom Lemming … the No. 29 tackle by Scout.com and the No. 14 offensive guard by ESPNU … second in the Rivals.com Maryland Postseason Top 20 … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 144 player nationally … played for head coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic High School where he recorded 23 pancake blocks as a senior … played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game … chose Alabama over California, Maryland, Southern California and Miami.
DL, 6-3, 275, Mountain Brook, Ala. (Mountain Brook)
Wilson Love is a jumbo athlete that follows his brother, Tyler, to the Capstone … a three-star defensive lineman that is ranked as the No. 34 defensive tackle by ESPNU … the No. 42 strongside defensive end prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 30 player in the state of Alabama … the No. 25 player in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine and No. 22 by Scout.com … the No. 15 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … No. 22 in the Tuscaloosa News Top 50 Players in Alabama … an All-Southeast Region by PrepStar Magazine … made 94 tackles while recording 12 sacks and four forced fumbles and making three fumble recoveries as a senior at Mountain Brook for head coach Chris Yeager … registered 112 tackles as a junior in 2008 … a first-team All-Metro selection and a honorable mention All-State choice … chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Duke and Stanford.
WR, 5-11, 165, Memphis, Tenn. (Mitchell)
Keiwone Malone will add great speed and explosive quickness to the Crimson Tide offense as a wide receiver … was the Tide’s first verbal in the 2010 class, committing to the Tide just after national signing day in 2009 … a SuperPrep Magazine All-American … a four-star prospect and a member of the ESPNU 150 (No. 89) … the No. 13 wide receiver prospect by ESPNU and No. 32 by Rivals.com … No. 79 in on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 3 prospect in the State of Tennessee by SuperPrep … a PrepStar All-American at wide receiver … hauled in 209 receptions for 4,034 yards and 57 touchdowns during his high school career … a two-time first-team All-State selection … caught 66 passes for 1,378 yards as a senior at Mitchell High School for head coach Nathan Cole … averaged 21.0 yards per catch in 2009 with 26 touchdowns … pulled in a career-best 78 passes for 1,438 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2008 … caught 70 balls for 1,249 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2007 … chose Alabama over Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and Illinois.
DB, 6-0, 195, Columbus, Ga. (Copiah-Lincoln CC/Carver)
Dequan Menzie is a talented four-star defensive back prospect out of Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College … ranked as the No. 6 junior college prospect by SuperPrep Magazine … rated 14th on the Rivals.com list of top junior college prospects … selected as a second-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) following his sophomore season at Copiah-Lincoln where he started for two years for head coach Glenn Davis … made 51 tackles with 36 solo stops and one interception in 2009 … also garnered NJCAA All-Region 23 honors and was named the Most Valuable Defensive Back in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) … a first-team MACJC All-State selection … registered 40 tackles and six interceptions during his freshman season … played for head coach Dell McGee at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., where he earned AAA Georgia All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2007 … helped lead Caver to the 2007 Georgia AAA State Championship … chose Alabama over Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
LB, 6-2, 225, Theodore, Ala. (Theodore)
C.J. Mosley is an explosive linebacker prospect out of Theodore High School … a Parade All-American and a U.S. Army All-American … second-team EA Sports All-American … finished as the school’s all-time leading tackler with over 500 stops in his career … a two-time ASWA 6A All-State selection and the Class 6A Lineman of the Year in 2009 … No. 56 in the Rivals100, the No. 6 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama … the No. 7 outside linebacker by ESPNU and No. 99 overall in the ESPNU 150 … played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game … a SuperPrep Magazine All-American, the publication’s No. 6 linebacker nationally and the No. 3 player in the state of Alabama … listed at No. 30 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 and No. 3 on the Alabama Elite 18 … the No. 2 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … a PrepStar All-American at linebacker … Tom Lemming’s No. 13 linebacker in his top 100 and Scout.com’s No. 15 outside linebacker … set the school record with 186 tackles as a senior in 2009, breaking the record he set as a junior … also registered seven sacks, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions as a senior … made 176 tackles, (115 solo) as a junior in 2008, recording 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, causing four fumbles, recovering two more and intercepting two passes … logged 112 tackles, four sacks and one interception as a sophomore in 2007 … chose UA over Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford, Oklahoma and LSU.
DB, 6-1, 193, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville
Nick Perry is a talented defensive back prospect with a rare combination of size, speed and strength … a four-star prospect that played for head coach Jamey Dubose at Prattville High School where he helped the Lions capture the 2007 and 2008 Alabama 6A State Championship … rated as the No. 17 safety nationally by Scout.com while being ranked 25th by Rivals.com and 27th by ESPNU … a SuperPrep Magazine All-America and the No. 29 defensive back nationally by the publication … SuperPrep also lists Perry as the No. 8 prospect in the state of Alabama … also No. 8 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Alabama Elite 18 and 100th on the Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 8 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … No. 4 on the Tuscaloosa News’ Top 50 in Alabama … a PrepStar All-American at defensive back … made 55 tackles and intercepted six passes on his way to ASWA 6A All-State honors … broke up five more passes as a senior while registering 41 solo stops and recovering two fumbles … made 37 tackles as a junior in 2008 with four interceptions and six pass breakups … made 17 tackles with a pass breakup and a fumble recovery as a sophomore in 2007 … chose Alabama early over Auburn, LSU, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Southern Miss.
ATH, 6-0, 195, Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville)
Blake Sims is an explosive athlete out of the state of Georgia where he twice earned AAA All-State honors by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press in 2009 … the four-star prospect played quarterback for head coach Bruce Miller’s state runner-up squad in 2009 … the No. 33 athlete nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 63 athlete by ESPNU … rated eighth in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2010 Top 50 prospects in Georgia … No. 111 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … ranked as the No. 43 player in Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine … a PrepStar All-American at quarterback … completed 150-of-254 pass attempts as a senior for 2,288 yards … threw for 28 touchdowns while carring the ball 115 times for 863 yards (7.5 per carry) and 13 rushing touchdowns … totaled 3,736 all-purpose yards and 49 total touchdowns … threw for 2,785 yards as a junior in 2008 while rushing for 822 yards and 15 scores … chose Alabama over Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan and Mississippi.
TE, 6-7, 242, Columbus, Ga. (Brookstone)
Brian Vogler comes to the Capstone as one of the top tight end prospects in the nation … possesses good hands and is a solid blocker … the No. 7 tight end prospect nationally by ESPNU and ranked 132nd overall in the ESPNU 150 … Rivals.com has Vogler as the ninth-rated tight end, No. 213 in the Rivals100 and No. 15 in the state of Georgia, while Scout.com lists him as the No. 13 tight end prospect … No. 62 in the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 and the No. 38 player in Georgia in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2010 Top 50 … an All-American by SuperPrep Magazine … the publication’s No. 9 tight end nationally and the No. 15 player in Georgia … Tom Lemming’s No. 14 tight end … a PrepStar All-American at tight end … caught 15 passes for 351 yards (23.4 yards per catch) and six touchdowns as a senior while recording 48 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks on the defensive side of the football … hauled in a career-best 21 receptions for 465 yards (21.7 ypc) and six scores as a junior in 2008, earning AJC first-team All-State honors … made eight catches for 165 yards and three TDs in 2007 … played for head coach Blair Harrison at Brookstone High School … chose Alabama over Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, Auburn and Tennessee.
WR, 6-0, 180, Houston, Texas (North Shore)
One of the top players in Texas and one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation, DeAndrew White gives Alabama quarterbacks another weapon on the outside … possesses great hands and excellent route running ability … a four-star prospect … a U.S. Army All-American and a SuperPrep Magazine All-American … the No. 6 wide receiver prospect nationally by SuperPrep, the publication’s No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 7 player in the state of Texas … the No. 7 target at wide out by Rivals.com and ranked No. 73 in the final Rivals100 … Scout.com lists him as the No. 13 prospect at wide out while ESPNU rates him at No. 26 … played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game … the nation’s No. 11 wide receiver by Tom Lemming … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 100 player nationally … caught 32 passes for 473 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … hauled in 10 touchdowns in 2008 in 34 receptions that covered 801 yards (23.6 yards per catch) … was the Texas 5A 200-meter dash champion in 2008 … played for head coach David Aymond at North Shore High School … chose Alabama over LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida, Baylor and Texas.
DB, 6-1, 203, Mobile, Ala. (Blount)
Jarrick Williams comes to the Capstone as one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation … a physically gifted athlete that plays both the pass and run equally well … a four-star prospect and a U.S. Army All-American … the No. 5 safety nationally and the No. 3 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com … comes in at No. 83 on the Rivals100 … ranked eighth among safeties by Scout.com and 15th by ESPNU … No. 97 in the Scout.com National 100 … a SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the No. 6 defensive back prospect nationally … also listed as the No. 2 player in Alabama by SuperPrep … No. 2 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 and No. 27 in the Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 18 safety by Tom Lemming … played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game … the No. 9 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 114 player nationally … recorded 75 tackles as a senior at Blount High School for head coach Kelvin Sigler … also made 41 solo stops in 2009 with five interceptions, three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries … was a 2009 ASWA 6A All-State selection … made 94 tackles in nine games as a junior with one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and a blocked field goal attempt … earned 6A honorable mention ASWA All-State … has 75 tackles and six picks as a sophomore at Vigor High School in 2007 … chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma and Florida State.
P, 6-3, 208, Thomasville, Ala. (Thomasville)
Jay Williams comes to Alabama looking to fill the void of departed four-year starter P.J. Fitzgerald at punter … a strong athlete who can drive the ball or sit back and get good hang time … Scout.com lists him as the nation’s No. 6 punter … ESPNU has the 6-foot, 3-inch, 208-pound Williams as the ninth-best punter in the country coming out of high school … ranks 19th among punters by Rivals.com … a PrepStar All-Southeast selection … averaged 37.2 yards per punt in 2009 with a long of 62 yards … placed seven kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line with just two touchbacks … also caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown as a tight end … averaged 46.1 yards per kick over the first four games of the 2009 season … averaged 48 yards per kick as a junior in 2008 … chose Alabama over Florida and Houston.
2010 Early (January) Enrollees (11)
PK, 6-1, 213, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
Cade Foster is widely considered one of the top overall kicking athletes in the nation … played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game … a four-star prospect by Scout.com and its No. 3-rated kicker in the 2010 class … also ranks as the No. 11 place-kicker nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 12 kicker according to ESPNU … has outstanding height on his kicks and an extremely strong leg … will be available for spring drills as a January enrollee … a first-team APSE Class 5A All-State in 2009 and first-team TOC Class 5A DFW All-Area Team … connected on 38-of-48 field goals during his high school career … was 10 for 10 on field goal attempts in 2009, including three kicks of 45 yards or longer … career long of 49 yards came on Sept. 27, 2009, against North Shore High School … made 57-of-58 extra point attempts as a senior for the Dragons … also started at middle linebacker and finished with 106 tackles, including six tackles for loss and six sacks … made 6-of-8 field goals as a junior in 2008 … hit on 11-of-15 kicks as both a freshman (2006) and a sophomore (2007) … chose the Crimson Tide over Colorado, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
RB, 6-0, 245, Mobile, Ala. (Vigor)
Jalston Fowler is a four-star running back out of Vigor High School in the Mobile area … a bruising back who enrolled at Alabama in January to get a head start in spring practice … listed as the No. 2 fullback nationally by Scout.com … a SuperPrep All-American … rated as the No. 9 player in Alabama by SuperPrep … No. 10 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 and No. 97 in the publication’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 3 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … a PrepStar All-American at running back … Tom Lemming ranks him as the No. 20 big back/fullback nationally … rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2008 … also caught 27 passes for 391 yards and a score … led his Vigor team to the 2008 5A Alabama State Championship … was an Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State selection … was a Birmingham News Super Senior in 2009 … also an outstanding linebacker on the defensive side of the football.
DB, 6-0, 178, Manning, S.C. (Manning)
John Fulton is the second player the Crimson Tide have signed from the state of South Carolina over the past two years … the gifted defensive back is among the top prep cornerback prospects in the nation … the complete package at corner with good size, speed, technique and understanding of different coverages … enrolled in January of 2010 and will get a chance to show his skills in spring practice … a four-star prospect that ranks 36th in the ESPNU 150 … listed as the No. 4 cornerback prospect by ESPNU, the No. 5 corner by Rivals.com and the No. 6 corner by Scout.com … No. 58 in the final 2010 Rivals100 … played in the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game and the Shrine Bowl … No. 23 in the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … the No. 3 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep Magazine and the publication’s No. 8 defensive back … a SuperPrep All-American … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 105 player nationally … made 43 tackles with eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups as a junior in 2008 … missed half of the 2009 season with injuries … chose UA over South Carolina, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.
DL, 6-3, 265, Pleasant Grove, Ala. (East Mississippi CC/Pleasant Grove)
Brandon Lewis was rated as the No. 14 strong side defensive end nationally by Rivals.com following the 2007 season … ranked as the No. 51 JUCO prospect nationally by SuperPrep Magazine … also rated as the No. 14 prospect on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com … three-star defensive end by Scout.com … rated as No. 54 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com … a two-year starter at East Mississippi Community College for head coach Buddy Stephens … finished his EMCC career with 102 total tackles (50 solo), 13 tackles for loss (-48 yards), four sacks (-33 yards), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … had 48 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2009 … 2007 All State honorable mention by the Alabama Sportswriters Association … named to The Mobile Press-Register’s 2007 Elite 18 team (No. 15) … 2006 honorable mention All-State by the ASWA … named to The Birmingham News All-Metro Team in 2006 … excellent pass rusher … No. 59 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list … played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in 2007 … totaled 154 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in final two seasons at Pleasant Grove HS … added six forced fumbles and two interceptions … tallied 66 tackles, 12 TFLs and seven sacks in 10 games as a prep senior for the Spartans … forced two fumbles … had nine rushing attempts for 64 yards and caught six passes for 80 yards and two TDs … led team with 88 tackles, including 18 TFLs and 12 sacks, as a prep junior … added four forced fumbles and two interceptions … caught eight passes for 100 yards as a tight end … played for head coach Jim Elgin … uncle is Michael Myers, a former Alabama player and an 11-year NFL veteran currently on the roster of the Cincinnati Bengals.
OL, 6-2, 288, The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands)
Chad Lindsay comes to the Capstone as one of the top interior offensive line prospects in the nation … the January enrollee will get a shot at early action during 2010 spring drills … second-team EA Sports All-American … the top offensive guard prospect in the nation according to ESPNU … ranked 74th in the ESPNU 150 … also listed as the No. 15 guard by Scout.com and the No. 41 offensive lineman by Rivals.com … an athletic offensive lineman with solid fundamentals and good technique … played in the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game … ranked as the No. 42 prospect in Texas by Superprep Magazine … a PrepStar Dream All-American … anchored The Woodlands offensive line as a three-year starter in 2009 … named to the 2009 Touchdown Club of Houston All-Greater Houston football team … a three-time all-district selection … a two-time first-team Texas Football All-State choice in 2008 and 2009 … chose Alabama over offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Nebraska … Chad’s father, Duff, was an offensive lineman at Mississippi State from 1977-80.
OL, 6-6, 319, Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro)
Darius McKeller combines size and athletic ability to add depth along the Alabama offensive line … son of former Buffalo Bills tight end Keith McKeller … ESPNU lists McKeller as the No. 30 offensive tackle nationally … ranked as the No. 43 prospect in the nation at offensive guard by Scout.com in 2008 … listed by Rivals.com as the No. 58 offensive tackle and the No. 47 player on the Georgia Postseason Top 75 … an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection … Class AAAA first-team Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State … earned a three-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com … SuperPrep Magazine lists him as the No. 42 player in the state of Georgia … 2008 first-team 4A All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … coached by Clint Satterfield at Jonesboro High School … chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Mississippi State.
DB, 6-1, 180, Millbrook, Ala. (Stanhope Elmore)
DeMarcus Milliner is one of the top prospects at any position in the class of 2010 … a Parade Magazine All-American … a first-team EA Sports All-American … a five-star prospect that is rated as the No. 1 cornerback nationally by Scout.com and the No. 2 corner by ESPNU and Rivals.com … ranks 11th among all players in the 2010 class by Scout.com and 16th in the ESPNU 150 and 23rd in the Rivals100 … nation’s No. 11 player by SuperPrep Magazine … No. 1 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 and No. 4 in the Super Southeast 120 … the No. 5 cornerback in the country according to Tom Lemming … No. 1 cornerback nationally by SuperPrep Magazine, a SuperPrep All-American and the No. 1 player in the state by the publication … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 15 player nationally … impressive speed and a vertical of nearly 40 inches … the No. 1 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings … selected to the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game and played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game … made 71 tackles as a senior in 2009 while intercepting three passes and breaking up eight passes as opposing offenses chose to throw away for the talented defensive back … on the offensive side of the ball in 2009, Milliner rushed for 487 yards on 51 carries for a 9.5 yards per carry average and seven touchdowns while totaling 107 receiving yards and one score … also had one kickoff return for a touchdown … recorded seven interceptions as a junior in 2008 while making 57 tackles with 33 solo stops … returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns in 2008 and rushed for 527 yards … earned honorable mention 6A ASWA All-State recognition as a junior and was selected as the Area Defensive Player of the Year … earned Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro honors as a sophomore in 2007.
DL, 6-4, 270, Madison, Ala. (Sparkman)
Anthony Orr was the 23rd-ranked defensive end prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 28 defensive tackle by Scout.com following the 2008 season … No. 16 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 … the No. 14 prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com … member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 … No. 120 on the Scout.com Southeast 150 and No. 18 on the Press-Register’s Elite 18 … ranked 14th in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine … the No. 86 defensive end prospect by ESPNU … first-team selection at the All-Nike Combine during the summer of 2008 in Atlanta … made 64 tackles as a senior in 2008 with 11 tackles for loss and two sacks … recorded 48 tackles as a junior with 16 tackles for loss and five sacks … coached by Roger Haynes … chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.
OL, 6-5, 315, Buford, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Austin Shepherd is a talented offensive lineman who possesses quick hands and feet with good size … enrolled in January and will participate in spring drills for the Crimson Tide … ranked 18th by Rivals.com as an offensive guard and 22nd by Scout.com … ESPNU ranks 46th nationally as an offensive tackle … ranks 13th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 50 … a PrepStar All-Southeast selection … chose Alabama over Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and UAB.
QB, 6-2, 224, Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar F. Smith)
Quarterback Phillip Sims is the one of the nation’s top-ranked passers … possesses outstanding arm strength and excellent accuracy as well as touch on his passes … a five-star recruit by Scout.com and a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPNU … a Parade Magazine All-American and a first-team EA Sports All-American … the No. 1 quarterback nationally by ESPNU and SuperPrep Magazine … the nation’s No. 13 player by SuperPrep Magazine, a SuperPrep All-American and the publication’s top-ranked player in Virginia and the MidAtlantic Offensive Player of the Year … ranks 32nd in the ESPNU 150 and 36th overall in the Scout.com rankings … is listed at No. 67 nationally in the Rivals100 and that publication’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback … is the nation’s No. 1 quarterback according to ESPNU … Tom Lemming’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback nationally … played in the 2010 ESPN Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla. … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team member as the No. 69 player nationally … the 2009 Abe Goldblatt All-Tidewater Player of the Year … two-time first-team All-State in Virginia’s largest classification … finished his high school career as Virginia’s career leader in passing yards (10,725) and touchdown passes (119) while finishing second in career completions (636) … was 48-4 as a four-year starter at Oscar F. Smith High School, which included a 39-1 record in the regular season … led his team to the 2008 Virginia Group AAA Division 6 State Championship, four Southeastern District titles and three Eastern Region crowns … as a senior in 2009, Sims threw for 2,960 yards and 33 touchdowns … passed for 3,167 yards as a junior in 2008 with 38 touchdowns and just four interceptions … amassed 3,100 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2007 and 1,498 yards and 15 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2006 … chose Alabama over Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia.
LB, 6-1, 245, Tampa, Fla. (Armwood)
Petey Smith was a powerful presence at middle linebacker as a prep standout at Armwood High School … a 2009 Under Armour All-American … ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker by ESPNU and listed on the ESPNU150 following the 2008 season … Scout.com lists Smith as the No. 19 middle linebacker nationally while Rivals.com ranks Smith at No. 32 at his position … Rivals.com also lists Smith as the No. 63 player in the state of Florida … member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 … on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … All-American by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report … a two-time All-State selection … earned All-Hillsborough County and All-Suncoast first team honors … Armwood High Schools’ all-time leading tackler … had 79 tackles as a senior for a defensive unit that pitched six shutouts and was considered one of the best in Florida … had 72 tackles as a junior … totaled 135 tackles as a sophomore in 2006 … coached by Sean Callahan … chose Alabama over Tennessee and North Carolina.