Crimson Tide work in shorts and helmets and welcome eight newcomers to the practice field
Jarran Reed comes to Alabama as one of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country, after starring at East Mississippi Community College ... earned NJCAA All-Region honors in 2013 while helping EMCC win the NJCAA national championship ... finished sixth on the 2013 EMCC team with 66 total stops, including 41 solo tackles ... added 5.5 tackles for loss (12 yards) and 3.5 sacks (7 yards) ... broke up two passes and recovered one fumble ... 247Sports tabbed him a four-star prospect and the No. 12 junior college player in the nation ... 247Sports also ranked him as the No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle and third-best junior college player in the state of Mississippi ... ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Junior College Composite, No. 13 overall and No. 4 in Mississippi junior college ranks ... No. 27 in the Rivals JUCO Top 100 ... ranked 28th in the ESPN JC50 and the outlet's No. 7 defensive tackle ... a 2014 PrepStar JUCO All-American ... as a freshman at EMCC, recorded 35 tackles with 20 solo stops, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one sack while playing for head coach Buddy Stephens ... spent the 2011 season at Hargrave Military Academy ... as a senior at Goldsboro High School in 2010, recorded 118 tackles with four sacks while causing a fumble, recovering a fumble and blocking a kick ... chose Alabama over Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Kentucky.