Nov. 21, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - This week all nine players from the 2014 Alabama baseball recruiting class will be featured on RollTide.com. Today's featured players are right-handed pitcher Jake Walters from Maylene, Ala., and outfielder Jamal Howard from Phenix City, Ala.
Fr., 6-1, 180
Maylene, Ala. (Thompson)
Jake Walters is one of Perfect Game's Top 1,000 players and the No. 5 right-handed pitcher and 14th overall player in Alabama. A 2013 Honorable Mention Preseason All-American by Perfect Game USA, the Thompson HS standout went 10-0 with a save in 2013, allowing only seven runs on 35 hits and 28 walks with 96 strikeouts for a 0.78 ERA. Walters took home 2013 All-State, All-Metro, and All-County honors en route to being a finalist for Alabama Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. Walters capped off his 2013 season with a selection to the Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star Game.
Alabama assistant coach Dax Norris about Jake Walters
"Walters just wins. He's won in high school and summer ball and just knows how to pitch. He works quickly and just throws strike after strike. We are very excited to have him in this class. He's similar to Jake Hubbard. "
Fr., 6-3, 215
Phenix City, Ala. (Central)
Jamal Howard joins the Crimson Tide ranked as the top player in the state of Alabama by Perfect Game USA. A High Honorable Mention Preseason HS Underclassmen All-American, Perfect Game ranks Howard as the 159th overall player and the nation's No. 35 outfielder. The Phenix City native earned a selection to the 2013 East Coast Professional Showcase after a season that saw him hit .355 with six home runs, 27 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. In addition, Howard was also named to the 2013 All-Bi City First Team. In addition to his baseball talents, Howard also was the starting quarterback for Central HS in 2012, where he passed for 1,270 yards and rushed for 358 yards with 15 total touchdowns as a junior.
Alabama assistant coach Andy Phillips about Jamal Howard
"When you look at Jamal physically, he looks like he should be running the football. He's a very physical guy with really all the tools, he can run, he can throw and has big-time power. With more experience, at-bats, more reps, the sky is the limit for his potential as a baseball player. He grades out really high with his tools, and has a tremendous makeup as a person."