Crimson Tide Add 14 on National Signing Day
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced on Wednesday that 14 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining nine players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.
The 23 total players, including nine mid-year enrollees, come from nine states - Alabama (7), Florida (4), Georgia (3), Ohio (2), Tennessee (2), California (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1) and Mississippi (1). The Crimson Tide also went outside the United States to land defensive lineman Jesse Williams from Brisbane, Australia.
Alabama's 2011 signing class is currently ranked first nationally by Rivals.com, third by ESPNU and sixth by Scout.com.
As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster six defensive linemen, four wide receivers, three defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three linebackers, two running backs, one tight end and one quarterback.
Nine players - Ronald Carswell, Trey DePriest, Quinton Dial, Aaron Douglas, Phillip Ely, Demetrius Hart, Wilson Love, Vinnie Sunseri and Jesse Williams - are already attending classes at the University. They all enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2011 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama's spring football practices. The other 14 players signed national letters of intent today. The Crimson Tide had 11 players enroll in the spring of 2010 and four in 2009.
Among the 23 players are:
2011 Alabama Football Signing Class
2011 Alabama Signing Day Bios
Brent Calloway comes to the Capstone as one of the nation's most explosive and versatile athletes ... a consensus four-star prospect who joins the Crimson Tide as a running back after an outstanding senior season that saw him run for 1,974 yards and 29 touchdown ... participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... the No. 1 prospect in the state according to Rivals.com and the nation's No. 38 overall prospect ... No. 140 in the ESPNU 150 and No. 4 on the Birmingham News Super Senior list ... Rivals.com ranks Calloway as the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker while Scout.com has him at No. 7 ... ESPNU lists him 23rd as an athlete ... 2010 ASWA Super 12 selection ... Tom Lemming's No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 81 overall prospect nationally ... No. 2 athlete nationally, No. 47 overall prospect and an All-American by SuperPrep ... ranked as the No. 2 player in Alabama by SuperPrep ... No. 22 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 and No. 1 on the newspaper's Elite 18 ... had nine tackles at linebacker in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... two-time first-team ASWA 5A All-State choice and was the 2010 5A Back of the Year ... rushed for more than 1,600 yards as a junior with 32 touchdowns ... also recorded more than 100 tackles on defense with 22 sacks ... as a sophomore in 2008, Calloway carried the ball 236 times for 1,460 yards with 23 scores while making 25 tackles and two sacks on defense ... chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Southern California, Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State.
Ronald Carswell is a speedy and versatile wide receiver prospect out of Georgia in the 2010 signing class ... comes to the Capstone as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the nation's No. 38 wide receiver prospect in 2010 ... started classes at the University of Alabama in January of 2010 and will participate in spring drills ...ranked as the No. 65 wide out by ESPNU and the No. 71 wide receiver by Rivals.com ... listed as the No. 48 player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com and the No. 35 player in the state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... a AAAA All-State selection by the AJC ... listed at No. 28 among Alabama players by SuperPrep Magazine ... caught 41 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Westside High School - the same high school as former Tide cornerback Kareem Jackson ... hauled in 34 receptions for 627 yards and three scores in 2008 while compiling 33 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006 ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix comes to the Capstone as one of the nation's elite safeties and most heralded recruits ... the No. 1 safety in the nation according to Rivals.com and Scout.com and tagged the No. 2 safety by ESPNU ... a five-star recruit with tremendous athletic ability and ideal size for his position ... No. 7 in the Rivals 100 and Scout 100 while ranking 19th in the ESPNU 150 ... 2011 Under Armour All-American ... top-ranked player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the publication's No. 6 player in the nation and No. 1 player in the state of Florida ... No. 2 in both the Orlando Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super 60 the Sentinel's Florida Top 100 ... No. 3 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... first-team All-Southern selection by the Orlando Sentinel ... No. 54 player nationally by Tom Lemming ... recorded 112 tackles as a senior in 2010 with four forced fumbles, two interceptions, six sacks and eight pass breakups while recording 10 tackles for loss ... on offense rushed the ball 23 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 10.6 yards per carry ... caught five passes for 156 yards for a team-best 31.2 yards per catch average while returning eight punts for 199 yards (24.9 ypr) and 11 kickoffs for 291 yards (26.5 ypr) ... as a junior in 2010, Clinton-Dix recorded 93 tackles with six sacks, 13 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and three interceptions while causing three fumbles ... averaged 20.3 yards per punt return and 74.5 yards on two kickoff returns with one touchdown ... chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, Southern California, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Trey DePriest is one of two Crimson Tide signees out of Ohio ... a five-start prospect by Scout.com and that publication's No. 1 middle linebacker and No. 6 overall player nationally ... a versatile player with outstanding strength and speed ... started classes at the University of Alabama in January of 2010 and will participate in spring drills ... No. 38 in the ESPNU 150 and the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPNU ... ranks 97th in the Rivals 100 and is listed as the No. 5 player in Ohio and the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally ... a 2011 Under Armour All-American ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the publication's No. 8 player in the state of Ohio and the No. 45 player nationally ... No. 54 player nationally by Tom Lemming ... the Ohio Division-I Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 after finishing his senior season with 117 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks ... recorded 101 tackles as a junior in 2009 with seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss while recovering three fumbles ... also rushed for 812 yards and caught 13 passes for 202 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns ... also handled the punting duties at Springfield, averaging 37.7 yards ... 2009 and 2010 All-Area Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-State selection ... chose Alabama over Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
Quinton Dial is an imposing presence along the defensive line the originally signed with the Crimson Tide out of Clay-Chalkville in 2009 ... enrolled at east Mississippi Community College where he was a two-year standout at nose guard ... started classes at the University of Alabama in January of 2010 and will participate in spring drills ... No. 9 in the SuperPrep JUCO 100 ... a four-star prospect who is ranked 15th in the Rivals.com 2011 JUCO Top 50 ... made 76 total stops for EMCC in 2010 with 3.5 sacks. ... played in 12 games as a freshman at EMCC and made 24 tackles with three sacks ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA out of high school in 2008 ... was the 2008 ASWA's 6A Defensive Lineman of the Year ... also garnered second-team All-State honors from the Birmingham News ... ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 33rd ranked defensive tackle ... was No. 12 on Rivals.com Alabama Postseason Top 40 ... ranked as the 28th defensive tackle nationally by ESPNU and 49th by Scout.com ... rated No. 11 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... a member of the Scout.com Southeast 150 ... on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and No. 10 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... made 87 tackles with eight sacks as a senior ... had 61 tackles as a junior in 2007 with seven tackles for loss, four sacks and four fumble recoveries ... coached by Brent Smith ... chose Alabama over Florida, Auburn and Clemson.
Xzavier Dickson gives the Crimson Tide a talented defensive end prospect who can play the run and rush the passer with equal prowess ... No. 22 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 48 in the Rivals 100 ... ESPNU and Rivals.com ranks Dickson as the No. 4 defensive end prospect in the 2011 recruiting class ... a consensus four-star prospect ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 10 player in the state of Georgia ... No. 8 defensive end nationally by Tom Lemming and the No. 86 player nationally ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the publication's No. 12 player in the state of Georgia ... ranks 80th in the Scout 100 ... 2009 and 2010 first-team AAAA All-State selection ... No. 33 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... made six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Under Armour All-American Game ... as a senior in 2010, Dickson recorded 19 sacks and 25 total tackles for loss ... had 20 quarterback hurries while fighting off double teams most of the season ... earned defensive All-Area Player of the Year honors ... finished his junior season in 2009 with 94 tackles, 14 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown ... had 10 receptions for 200 yards on offense ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Notre Dame.
Aaron Douglas comes to the Capstone as one of the top offensive linemen from the junior college ranks ... a four-star offensive tackle who earned Freshman All-America honors as a freshman at the University of Tennessee in 2009 ... moved on to Western Arizona Community College in 2010 and earned NJCAA All-America recognition ... enrolled for the spring semester at Alabama and will participate in spring practice ... ranked No. 10 in the Rivals.com 2011 JUCO Top 50 ... started 10 games at tackle and saw action in 13 contests as a redshirt freshman in 2009 at Tennessee after making the move from tight end ... was named the SEC offensive lineman of the Week following the Vols win over Memphis ... earned Freshman All-SEC from league coaches ... father, David, was an offensive linemen for UT in the mid-1980s while his mother, Karla, started three seasons for the Lady Vols basketball team and contributed to head coach Pat Summitt's first national title team ... twice named Class 4A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year in Tennessee at Maryville High School ... PrepStar Top 135 Dream Team ... named to the TSWA All-State team in 2006 and 2007 named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team ... 2007 All-Southern team ... No. 1 prospect on Knoxville News Sentinel Top 25 ... Street and Smith Top 50 All-America ... Tennessee Region 3 Lineman of the Year ... totaled 44 catches for 740 yards receiving and four touchdowns as a tight end in 2007 ... made 26 grabs for 454 yards and three scores in 2006 ... caught 20 passes for 241 yards as a sophomore ... helped Maryville to a 60-0 record with four consecutive Class 4A state championships ... played in the East/West All-State Game ... coached by George Quarles ... chose Alabama over Arkansas, Oregon and Southern California.
Phillip Ely is the Crimson Tide's lone quarterback commitment in the 2011 signing class ... U.S. Army All-American ... ranked as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 48 player in the state of Florida ... No. 40 quarterback by ESPNU and the No. 41 QB by Scout.com ... ranked 69th player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine ... No. 107 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 77 on the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 players in Florida ... threw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2010 for Plant High School while completing 64.3 percent of his passes and leading his team to the state championship game ... As a junior in 2010, he led Plant to the Florida 5A State title while throwing for 1,860 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning 5A honorable mention All-State honors ... also led his team to a state championship as a sophomore in 2008 ... chose Alabama over LSU, Clemson, Mississippi, Wake Forest and Rutgers.
Malcolm Faciane is a talented tight end prospect out of Mississippi with impressive size, good hands and deceptive speed ... could help the Tide at either tight end position ... No. 82 in the ESPNU 150 and ranks as the service's No. 4 tight end nationally ... a four-star prospect who is the No. 7 player in Mississippi according to Rivals.com and the No. 16 tight end ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the No. 7 player in the state of Mississippi ... No. 97 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... also listed as the No. 22 tight end nationally by Scout.com ... suffered a season-ending knee injury in October of 2010 ... named to the 2010 Dandy Dozen by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger ... second-team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... first-team from Mississippi on the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... caught seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown as a junior in 2009 ... an impressive all-around athlete, Faciane also excels at tennis, swimming, basketball and track ... picked Alabama over Mississippi, Stanford, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
LaMichael Fanning is an outstanding athlete out of Georgia who will bolster the Crimson Tide's defensive front ... a four-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 14 defensive end by ESPNU ... ranked as the No. 25 defensive end nationally by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... the No. 21 player in Georgia by Rivals and No. 22 by SuperPrep Magazine ... the nation's No. 20 defensive tackle by Tom Lemming ... Fanning chose Alabama over Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas Tech.
Demetrius Hart enrolled at Alabama in January with plans on pushing for playing time as a freshman in 2011 ... one of the top running back prospects in the nation and high school teammates with fellow signee Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix ... a five-star prospect by Rivals.com who is also listed as the nation's top all-purpose back ... is both a gifted runner and receiver ... No. 19 in the Rivals 100 and the No. 6 player in the state of Florida ... the No. 8 running back nationally by ESPNU and Scout.com ... No. 79 in the ESPNU 150 and No. 63 in the Scout 100 ... No. 12 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... was selected as the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after rushing for 100 yards in the game ... also named the U.S. Army National Player of the Year while setting 23 school records at Dr. Phillips High School ... finished as the school's leader in rushing yards (4,151), 100-yard rushing games (18), 200-yard rushing games (four), points scored (518), total touchdowns (88) and all-purpose yards (7,405) ... rushed for 2,224 yards on 253 carries as a senior in 2010 ... averaged 8.8 yards per carry and scored 41 rushing touchdowns and 50 total touchdowns with seven receiving and two on returns ... caught 31 passes in 2010 for 563 yards and totaled 3,394 all-purpose yards ... Hart has been named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team, selected as the Class 6A State Player of the Year, runner-up for Mr. Football in Florida, All-Central Florida Offensive Player of the Year, Orange County Offensive Player of the Year, District Player of the Year ... as a junior in 2009, Hart rushed for 827 yards on 104 carries with 12 rushing touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 236 yards and three scores ... chose Alabama over Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State and Georgia.
Christion Jones is a four-star defensive back out of Minor High School ... one of the state's top athletes ... the No. 10 cornerback nationally by ESPNU ... the No. 8 player in Alabama by Rivals.com and the publication's No. 18 safety ... a two-time first-team 6A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection ... ranked as the No. 29 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... the No. 12 player in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine ... Rivals.com ranks him fifth among defensive back nationally in ball skills ... No. 7 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 87 on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... a versatile athlete who ran for 1,010 yards and 19 total touchdowns as a senior with two kickoff returns for scores while making 57 tackles and intercepting four passes in 2010 ... as a junior in 2009 recorded 65 tackles with seven interceptions and scored seven touchdowns ... chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Iowa, UCLA and Texas A&M.
Ryan Kelly is one of the country's most versatile offensive line prospects with impressive strength and athleticism who can possibly play all five positions ... a consensus four-star prospect and a big pickup for the Crimson Tide out of the state of Ohio ... was selected as an Under Armour All-American, but unable to play in the game coming off of a knee injury ... ranked the nation's No. 2 center by Scout.com ... ESPNU lists Kelly as the No. 4 center in the country while Rivals.com has Kelly ranked sixth at center and the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Ohio ... suffered a torn ACL in 2010, which forced him to miss time, but was still named third-team Division I All-Ohio ... was a first-team all-conference and all-city selection on the offensive line as a junior in 2009 ... SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 42 player in Ohio ... selected Alabama over offers from Arizona, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina State and Tennessee.
Wilson Love is a jumbo athlete who follows his brother, Tyler, to the Capstone ... a three-star defensive lineman who is ranked as the No. 34 defensive tackle by ESPNU in the class of 2010 ... the No. 42 strongside defensive end prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 30 player in the state of Alabama in the 2010 rankings ... the No. 25 player in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine and No. 22 by Scout.com ... rated 15th in the Birmingham News' 2010 Super Senior rankings ... No. 22 in the Tuscaloosa News Top 50 Players in Alabama ... made 94 tackles while recording 12 sacks and four forced fumbles and making three fumble recoveries as a senior at Mountain Brook for head coach Chris Yeager ... registered 112 tackles as a junior in 2008 ... a first-team All-Metro selection and a honorable mention All-State choice ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Duke and Stanford.
Isaac Luatua is an explosive offensive line prospect out of La Mirada, Calif. ... a powerful-run blocker who is ranked as both a center and guard by recruiting publications ... Rivals.com lists Luatua as a center and has him 10th nationally while both ESPNU and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 18 offensive guard nationally ... participated in the All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., following his senior season ... the No. 35 player in California by SuperPrep Magazine ... the first-team All-State selection by Sectionsports.com while also being represented on the Sectionsports.com All-Southern team ... ... SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 45 player in the state of California ... chose Alabama over offers from Arkansas, UCLA, Boston College, Connecticut, Minnesota, Syracuse, Washington State and Tennessee.
Jeoffrey Pagan is one of the elite defensive line prospects in the nation ... a versatile athlete who comes to the Capstone as a consensus four-star prospect ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl ... the nation's No. 4 defensive end prospect according to Rivals.com and a member of the Rivals 100 at No. 42 ... Rivals.com lists Pagan as the No. 3 player in North Carolina ... ESPNU has him listed as the No. 2 player in North Carolina and the No. 8 defensive end nationally ... is No. 53 in the ESPNU 150 ... Scout.com lists Pagan as the country's No. 16 defensive end ... Tom Lemming of MaxPrep's ranks him as the No. 4 defensive end in the country, a five-star prospect the No. 36 overall recruit ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 16 defensive line prospect ... listed as the No. 3 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... missed a portion of his senior season with two torn ligaments in his right knee which required surgery but still finished with 35 tackles and 16 quarterback hurries ... recorded 54 solo tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2009 as a junior while also recording two interceptions and two forced fumbles ... his final decision came down to Georgia and Alabama ... also received offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, USC and Virginia Tech.
D.J. Pettway is a versatile defensive lineman with excellent size, strength and quickness ... the four-star prospect is ranked as the No. 13 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and the site's No. 145 player overall ... Rivals.com lists him as the No. 25 overall player in Florida ... ESPNU has Pettway as the No. 21 defensive end in the 2011 class while Scout.com ranks him 23rd ... participated in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl where he was selected as the No. 3 prospect ... No. 57 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 96 on the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 ... No. 34 player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine ... registered 78 tackles and four sacks as a senior in 2010 ... made 85 stops and 16 sacks as a junior in 2009 while also forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble ... a second-team All-State choice on the defensive line in the 2B classification in 2009 ... also a first-team All-Area choice by the Pensacola News Journal ... chose Alabama over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Clemson and Southern California.
Marvin Shinn was one of the top wide receiver targets for the Crimson Tide in the 2011 recruiting class ... Alabama's first commitment for the class of 2011 ... a big and physical wide receiver with terrific measurable and great ball skills ... an Under Armour All-American ... a consensus four-star prospect ... No. 78 in the final Rivals 100 and the site's No. 10 wide receiver and the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama ... No. 75 in the ESPNU 150 while ranking 14th among wide receivers ... ranks 17th among receivers by Scout.com ... No. 29 in the Mobile-Press Register's Super Southeast 120 and No. 3 on the newspaper's Elite 18 ... Tom Lemming's No. 17 wide receiver ... a SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 5 player in Alabama ... SuperPrep's No. 13 wide receiver ... two-time 5A ASWA First-Team All-State selection ... caught 50 passes for 782 yards nine receiving touchdowns in 2010 ... had over 900 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2009 ... made 46 catches for 872 yards for a 19.0 yards per catch average while scoring 17 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2008 ... chose Alabama over offers from LSU, Auburn, California, Florida State and Texas Tech.
Vinnie Sunseri is the son of Alabama linebacker coach Sal Sunseri ... has shown the instincts and play-making ability to be an impact player in Tuscaloosa ... enrolled for the spring semester at Alabama and will participate in spring practice ... ESPNU ranks Sunseri as the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect nationally and a four-star prospect ... the No. 28 middle linebacker by Scout.com ... selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game ... also named the biggest surprise at the Under Armour All-American Game ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 10 linebacker nationally ... SuperPrep's No. 7 prospect in Alabama ... ... first-team on the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year in North Carolina and the 2010 Class 6A ASWA Defensive Player of the Year in Alabama and Lineman of the Year ... recorded 144 stops for Northridge High School (Tuscaloosa) as a senior ... No. 18 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 ... first-team 2010 ASWA All-State selection while adding 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns ... 2010 ASWA Super 12 selection ... made 107 tackles as a junior at Marvin Ridge High School (Waxhaw, N.C.) with 15 tackles for loss, two sacks and five interceptions while also rushing for 305 yards and three touchdowns ... chose Alabama over offers from Louisville and Pittsburgh.
Bradley Sylve is one of the biggest playmakers in the 2011 class ... a versatile, explosive and fast athlete who could contribute at both wide receiver and in the return game ... an Under Armour All-American ... had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Under Armour All-American Game where he was selected as the fast player at the game ... a consensus four-star prospect ... ranks as the No. 41 player nationally in the ESPNU 150 and No. 122 in the Rivals 250 ... the nation's No. 5 wide receiver by ESPNU and the No. 14 wide out by Rivals.com ... the No. 10 player in Louisiana by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep Magazine All-America and the publication's No. 14 receiver ... named the No. 8 player in Louisiana by SuperPrep ... ranks 61st in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... Tom Lemming's No. 24 wide receiver ... won Louisiana state titles in the 100 and 200 meters ... was a wide receiver for the first five games of the 2010 season before moving to quarterback and leading South Plaquemines to a state runner-up finish ... rushed for 1,200 yards and threw for over 500 yards in the final five games of the 2010 season while earning 1A All-State honors as a defensive back ... missed most of the 2009 season due to injury ... had 1,174 yards receiving while helping his team win the 2008 state championship ... chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Southern California, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Stanford and Nebraska.
Jabriel Washington comes to the Capstone as an electric athlete and a four-star prospect ... ranked as the No. 19 cornerback in the class of 2011 by Scout.com ... listed as an athlete by Rivals.com and ESPNU and ranked 20th and 29th, respectively ... the No. 3 prospect in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com ... 109th on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... the No. 2 prospect in Tennessee by SuperPrep ... threw for 2,635 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior while rushing for 1,006 yards and 17 scores ... on defense in 2010 had a team-high 111 tackles, six interceptions for 127 return yards, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... also returned eight punts for 245 yards for a 30.6 yards per return average ... completed 88-of-155 passes as a junior in 2009 for 1,255 yards and 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions ... also rushed for 867 yards while recording 83 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... had 114 tackles and seven interceptions as a sophomore in 2008 with 11 rushing touchdowns and 17 passing ... had over 30 scholarship offers ... chose Alabama over LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Jesse Williams joins the Crimson Tide after anchoring the defensive front at Western Arizona Community College the past two seasons ... enrolled for the spring semester at Alabama and will participate in spring practice ... the 6-4, 330-pound defensive lineman, who hails from Brisbane, Australia ... is the No. 2 player in the Rivals.com 2011 JUCO Top 50 ... No. 10 in the SuperPrep JUCO 100 ... the four-star prospect made 30 tackles in just seven games in 2010 with six tackles for loss (-29 yards) and two sacks (-12 yards) ... led a defensive line that allowed just 48.64 rushing yards per game to rank second in the NJCAA ... also deflected two passes and recorded one interception as a sophomore ... as a freshman in 2009, Williams registered 46 tackles in 11 games with seven tackles for loss and four sacks ... a two-time All-Region I selection and named to the All-Western States team at WACC ... originally signed with Hawai'i in 2008 ... grew up playing rugby and basketball in Australia before taking up football at the age of 14 ... quickly took to the game while attending Cavendish Road State High School and playing for the Bayside Ravens and Queensland Sun Devils ... chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Arkansas, Oregon State, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Danny Woodson Jr.
Danny Woodson Jr. is the son of former Crimson Tide quarterback, Danny Sr. (1990-91) ... a U.S. Army All-American ... a four-star prospect who is No. 137 in the ESPNU 150 and No. 222 in the Rivals250 ... Rivals has him as the No. 6 player in the state ... the No. 22 wide receiver nationally by ESPNU and the No. 25 wide out by Rivals.com ... Scout.com lists Woodson as the nation's No. 28 receiver ... Tom Lemming ranks him as the No. 16 wide out nationally ... SuperPrep All-American, the publication's No. 27 receiver and No. 9 player in Alabama ... honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... No. 64 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 and No. 6 on the newspaper's Elite 18 ... two-time first-team 5A ASWA All-State selection ... 2010 ASWA Super 12 choice ... as a senior in 2010 hauled in more than 1,100 receiving yards ... caught 78 receptions for 1,360 yards (17.4 ypc) and 25 touchdowns in 2009 ... chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas Tech.