Crimson Tide work in shorts and helmets and welcome eight newcomers to the practice field
Shaun Dion Hamilton was an early enrollee for the Crimson Tide, after joining the squad in January of 2014 ... will go through spring drills with Alabama ... selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... four-star prospect ... invited to Nike's "The Opening" ... No. 75 in the Rivals100 and the outlet's No. 6 inside linebacker ... also tabbed as the No. 6 player in Alabama by Rivals ... ESPN ranked him the sixth-best inside linebacker nationally while rating him 102nd in the ESPN300, No. 7 in the state and No. 56 in the Southeast Region ... the 247Sports Composite rankings listed him as the No. 9 inside linebacker and the No. 8 player in Alabama ... No. 203 in the 247Sports Top247 ... No. 22 middle linebacker by Scout.com ... four-star member of the PrepStar Top 300 All-American ... ranked the No. 15 linebacker in the class of 2014 and 153rd overall ... first team Alabama Sports Writers Association 6A All-State as a senior ... member of the AL.com 2013 Super All-State Team ... No. 6 on AL.com's 2014 A-List ... recorded 119 tackles as a senior at Carver High School for head coach Billy Gresham ... added four sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and blocked a punt in that 2013 season ... played in the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... also a 2012 ASWA first team 6A All-State selection after making 123 tackles ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Southern California, Tennessee and Arizona State.