Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson and Dont'a Hightower declare
Lock-down cornerback on the outside for the Tide First-team All-American (FWAA, CBSsports.com & Pro Football Weekly) Second-team All-SEC (AP and Coaches) Finalist for the Thorpe Award First-team midseason All-American by CBSsports.com and Sporting News Secondary ranks No. 1 nationally in pass defense (116.3 ypg) & pass efficiency defense (83.9) Defense also ranks No. 1 in scoring defense (8.8 ppg) & total defense (191.3 ypg) Started 12 games in 2011 and 24 in his career Has 26 tackles with two forced fumbles and nine pass breakups
2011 (JUNIOR): Dre Kirkpatrick developed into a shut-down corner and a leader in the Crimson Tide secondary ... a first-team All-American by the FWAA, CBSsports.com and Pro Football Weekly ... second-team Associated Press All-American ... second-team All-SEC by both the AP and the league coaches ... has 26 tackles with 23 solo stops while defenses continue to throw away from him ... also has a nine pass breakups ... returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a touchdown ... has two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss (-4 yards) ... part of a defense that leads the nation in pass defense (116.3 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.9) ... two-time Defensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Kent State: Did not have a pass completed in his direction and broke up three passes as the Golden Flashes could only manage 98 passing yards on while completing only 42.5 percent of their passes. Penn State: Forced two Nittany Lions' fumbles while making two solo tackles and breaking up one pass in the 27-11 road win over No. 23 Penn State ... Defensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. North Texas: Made one solo tackle and broke up a pass as the Mean Green completed only 41.9 percent of their passes. Arkansas: Matched his season and career best with three pass breakups ... had a season-high six tackles -- all solo ... had two devastating hits that upended Arkansas receivers ... recorded his first tackle for loss of the season (-3 yards) ... helped limit the Hogs to over 150 yards below their season average throwing the football and 291 yards below their total offense average. Florida: Had three solo tackles as Alabama beat the Gators 38-10. Vanderbilt: Made two solo stops and helped limt the Commodores to just 149 passing yards. Mississippi: Made four total tackles with three solo stops ... had his first assisted tackle of the year ... helped limit the Rebels to just 113 yards passing ... named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Tennessee: Had just one tackle with the Volunteers not testing his side of the field ... helped limit UT to just 63 passing yards and 15 yards of total offense in a 37-6 win. LSU: Recorded four tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the top-ranked Tigers to just 91 yards passing. Mississippi State: Made one solo tackle as the Tide limited the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards while posting a 18.8 third-down conversion percentage. Georgia Southern: Made two solo tackles as the Tide held the Eagles to just 39 yards passing ... returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a score. Auburn: Broke up and deflected the only ball thrown in his direction ... helped the Crimson Tide limit the Tigers to just 44 yards through three quarters and 140 total yards.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Kirkpatrick developed into a starter at cornerback and became a standout for the Crimson Tide defense ... finished with 53 tackles on the season to rank fourth on the team in his first year as a starter ... had seven pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and made three interceptions that he returned for 30 yards ... had four tackles for loss from his cornerback position and was tied for second in interceptions. San Jose State: Made his first career start against the Spartans and made two solo tackles and broke up a pass as Alabama limited SJSU to 175 total yards, including 86 in the air. Penn State: Logged a career-best five tackles and a pass breakup in a win over the Nittany Lions. Duke: Registered his first career interception in the win ... made two solo tackles and one assisted for three total tackles ... also recorded his first tackle for loss, dropping a Blue Devil ball carrier for a loss of two yards. Arkansas: His fourth quarter interception sealed the Crimson Tide's comeback win ... registered a career-best nine tackles, including seven solo tackles ... made a tackle for loss (-5 yards). Florida: Made five tackles with four solo stops ... his second quarter interception set up a Marquis Maze to Michael Williams touchdown pass ... had a tackle for loss for the third straight game, this time for a loss of eight yards ... forced his first career fumble. South Carolina: Had four solo tackles in a 35-21 loss to the Gamecocks -- the first loss for UA during Kirkpatrick's time at the Capstone. Mississippi: Led the team with seven solo tackles ... broke up one pass and recorded a tackle for loss of -2 yards in the Crimson Tide's 23-10 win over Mississippi. Tennessee: Totaled four tackles with three solo stops ... broke up one pass as the Tide limited the Volunteers to just 156 passing yards and no scores through the air. LSU: Registered five total tackles with two solo stops ... broke up one pass. Mississippi State: Made two tackles, including one solo stop as the Tide limited the No. 17 Bulldogs to just 150 yards passing. Georgia State: Made one tackle and broke up a pass as the Tide surrendered just 74 yards passing in a 63-7 win over the Panthers. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops against the Tigers ... recovered his first fumble of the season and broke up one pass as the Tide limited AU to 324 total yards. Michigan State: Made three solo stops in a 49-7 victory in the Capital One Bowl against the Spartans ... helped the Tide limit MSU to 171 yards and seven points ... also recorded the first quarterback hurry of his career.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Kirkpatrick played in 12 games as a true freshman, finding time on special teams and in the defensive backfield as a reserve ... finished with eight tackles, including six on special teams. Florida International: Earned his first career playing time in a Crimson Tide uniform ... did not record any statistics, but was a demon on the punt team and the punt coverage team ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff. North Texas: Came off the bench and recorded his first career tackle in a Crimson Tide uniform. Arkansas: Came off the bench and recorded a career-best two tackles in his first SEC action. Kentucky: Played but did not record any statistics. Mississippi: Saw extensively on special teams, but did not have a tackle. South Carolina: Tied a career-high with two tackles, both coming on special teams. Tennessee: Tallied one solo tackle on special teams. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to assist on one tackle on special teams. Chattanooga: Came off the bench and found time on special teams but did not record a tackle. Auburn: Played on special teams but did not record any statistics. Florida: Saw action on special teams but did not tally any statistics. Texas: Recorded one assisted tackle in the Crimson Tide's victory over the Longhorns in the Citi BCS National Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He was rated as one of the top overall players in the 2009 recruiting class ... the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the ESPNU150 and the No. 11 player in the Rivals100 ... a Parade All-American ... USA Today All-American ... U.S. Army All-American ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... a SuperPrep All-American, Elite 50 player and No. 7 defensive back ... listed as the country's No. 1 cornerback by ESPNU and Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 5 cornerback by Scout.com ... Rivals.com also ranks Kirkpatrick as the No. 2 player in Alabama and the fifth-fastest cornerback with the fifth-best cover skills ... consensus five-star recruit ... SuperPrep lists him as the No. 2 player in Alabama ... No. 2 on The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 3 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... 12th nationally by Tom Lemming's Prep Football while garnering All-America honors from Lemming as well ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and the Birmingham News ... rated No. 2 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... the ASWA 2008 Back of the Year ... a two-time All-State player after first earning recognition as a junior in 2007 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... recorded 80 tackles with six interceptions and 15 pass breakups as a senior ... notched 58 tackles and six picks as a junior ... had 55 stops and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2006 ... coached by Joe Billingsley ... chose Alabama over Texas, Florida, LSU, Southern California, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee and Michigan.