ITKAlabama’s latest #1 signing class took to the practice field for the first time Friday evening. At almost any other university, what stepped onto the practice field would be good enough to compete immediately in their league. At Alabama, top recruits are primed for the future, though many will see action this season. Some quick notes on the newcomers.

DL Da’Shawn Hand is a grown man. The loss felt by Jarran Reed’s suspension will definitely be softened by this manchild who will be ready for play this fall.

Auburh high school’s Rashaan Evans is as fluid a defensive athlete in the front seven as Alabama has had in years. It’s easy to see why his evaluations were so high, and why so many vied for his signature. He could make an immediate impact for the Tide defense this fall.

QB David Cornwell looks like the quarterback of the future. At Alabama, that typically means your sophomore year, but the 6’5″, 235lb. early enrollee freshman makes the future look bright.

Offensive linemen Ross Pierschbacher, JC Hassenhauer and Josh Casher look the part, as do defensive linemen Josh Frazier, Johnny Dwight and O.J. Smith. The kind of talent Bama keeps bringing in will make it an uphill battle to own Alabama at the line of scrimmage.

The newcomers will merge with the veterans in the Saturday session, practicing as a team for the first time.

More on practice below, courtesy of, WVUA and

PHOTOS: 8/1 UA Freshmen First Practice – Images by Tuscaloosa News | TideSports Photo

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