Alabama Football Signs 27 to National Letters of Intent

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2004 Alabama Football Signees

NAME

POS

HT

WT

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Justin Britt

OL/DL

6-4

270

Cullman/Cullman

Keith Brown

WR

6-3

190

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Pensacola

Antoine Caldwell

OL

6-2

265

Montgomery/Lee

Marcus Carter

DB

6-1

190

Ft. Payne/Ft. Payne

Simeon Castille

DB

6-1

185

Birmingham/Briarwood Christian

Trent Davidson

TE

6-5

242

Brewton/T.R. Miller

Cody Davis

OL

6-7

275

Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest

Drew Davis

OL

6-6

286

Evergreen/Sparta Academy

Curtis Dawson

LB

6-1

255

Hoover/Hoover

Brandon Fanney

DL

6-5

260

Morristown, Tenn./Morristown-West

D.J. Hall

WR

6-3

170

Ft. Walton Beach, Fl/Choctawhatchee

Kevin Hamilton

DL

6-3

255

Prattville/Prattville

Jeramie Holifield

DL

6-5

250

Hoover/Hoover

Aaron Johns

RB

5-10

185

Thomasville/Thomasville

Ezekial Knight

WR

6-3

210

Wedowee/Randolph County

Travis McCall

DL

6-2

235

Prattville/Prattville

Aaron McDaniel

DB

6-1

170

Ft. Payne/Ft. Payne

Will Oakley

WR

6-1

190

St. Augustine, Fla./Nease

Travis Robinson

DB

5-10

180

Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest

B.J. Stabler

OL

6-4

291

Grove Hill/Clarke County

Marcel Stamps

WR

6-3

190

Brantley/Brantley

Nikita Stover

WR

6-2

187

Hartselle/Hartselle

Chris Turner

DL

6-3

287

Jacksonville, Fla./NW Mississippi JC

Nick Walker

TE

6-5

235

Brundidge/Pike County

Lorenzo Washington

DL

6-5

275

Loganville, Ga./Grayson

John Parker Wilson

QB

6-1

180

Hoover/Hoover

Jake Wingo

DB

6-0

210

Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest

BAMA'S CLASS INCLUDES:

Alabama Class 6A Back of the Year: John Parker Wilson, Hoover
Alabama Class 6A Lineman of the Year: Curtis Dawson, Hoover
Alabama Class 5A Back of the Year: Simeon Castille, Briarwood
Alabama Class 5A Lineman of the Year: Justin Britt, Cullman
Alabama Class 4A Back of the Year: Aaron Johns, Thomasville
Alabama Class 3A Lineman of the Year: B.J. Stabler, Clarke County
Alabama Class 2A Back of the Year: Ezekiel Knight, Randolph Co.
Alabama AISA Lineman of the Year: Drew Davis, Sparta Academy

SIGNEE BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILES


Circle A Logo tiny icon Justin Britt, OL/DL
6-4 255 Cullman/Cullman

Crimson Tide signee Justin Britt is the third Britt to join the Alabama squad, following older brothers Wesley (Sr.) and Taylor (Jr.) to the Capstone.  Like his brothers, Justin had a standout career at Cullman High in North Alabama where he amassed 373 career tackles.  He was a two-way lineman in his senior season, recording 98 tackles (20 for loss) along with 15 QB sacks. He graded 89 percent blocking as a senior and also had four rushing touchdowns while playing fullback.  Britt was selected to Birmingham News’ Super Seniors list.  He earned first team All-State honors and was named class 5A’s Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  Britt had a superb sophomore season, amassing 145 tackles (90 solo) and earning 1st team All-State honors as a linebacker. His junior year he made the switch to the defensive tackle position and totaled 112 tackles (70 total).  As a junior, he was the state outdoor discus champion and the state indoor and outdoor shot put champ.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Keith Brown, WR
6-3 190 Gulfport, Miss./Pensacola

Keith Brown was a standout receiver for Harrison-Central in Gulfport, Miss. until moving to Pensacola because of Mississippi’s eligibility rules for his senior season.  The class 4A All-State selection finished his senior season at Pensacola High School with 56 catches for 1,310 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Brown added five rushing touchdowns as well as one punt return and one kickoff return for TD.  In the CaliFlorida Bowl, an all-star game played in California, Brown caught five passes (one TD) in Florida’s win and earned MVP honors.  He was ranked No. 37 overall player in talent-rich Florida by Superprep magazine and was a first team Class 4A All-State selection by the Orlando Sentinel.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Antoine Caldwell, OL
6-2  265  Montgomery/Lee

One of four offensive linemen signed by the Tide, Antoine Caldwell graded 85% blocking efficiency as a junior at Lee-Montgomery and only gave up one sack the entire year.  He is known for his exceptional quickness and footspeed which makes him an excellent pass-blocker.  He was a 1st-team All-State selection his senior year and was ranked the No. 10 player in Alabama by Superprep magazine.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Marcus Carter, DB
6-1 190 Ft. Payne/Ft. Payne

Marcus Carter signed with the Crimson Tide out of Fort Payne High School in Northeast Alabama.  Carter was a two-way player for the Wildcats his senior year, playing running back and safety.  In his junior campaign Carter had 105 carries for 710 yards and seven touchdowns.  On the defensive side of the ball Carter added 75 tackles and two interceptions (one for touchdown).  Carter has been timed at 4.46 in the 40-yard dash.  Marcus is a member of TheInsiders.com South Hot 100, and was ranked as the 10th best prospect in the state of Alabama by Superprep.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Simeon Castille, DB
6-1 185  Birmingham/Briarwood Christian

Briarwood Christian All-American defensive back signee Simeon Castille helped lead his school to the class 5A state title in 2003.  The 6-1, 185-pounder was a first-team USA Today All-American and Super All-State pick after rushing for 540 yards and six touchdowns on 98 carries in his senior year.  Castille was chosen to the Birmingham News’  Super Seniors list.  He added 21 receptions for 350 yards and one TD.  On the defensive side of the ball, Simeon had 60 tackles and nine interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.  Simeon’s father, Jeremiah, was an All-American at Alabama in 1982, and his brother Tim is a sophomore on the current squad.  Simeon announced his commitment to the Tide on national TV while playing in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio, Texas.  He was listed by Superprep as the No. 11 player in Alabama and the No. 30 defensive back, nationally and was the AWSA class 5A Back of the Year.  He was also a third-team member of the Fox Sports Net All-South team.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Trent Davidson, TE
6-5 242  Brewton/T.R. Miller

Brewton, Alabama T.R. Miller tight end Trent Davidson is one of two tight ends to sign with the Tide.  Davidson is considered an outstanding all-around tight end, an excellent blocker and receiver.  Davidson also handled long-snapping duties for his squad.  He was a Class 3A All-State selection by ASWA and was ranked the No. 12 player in Alabama by Superprep.  Davidson helped T.R. Miller to the semifinals of the state playoffs before falling to the eventual state champions Pike County in overtime.  As a junior, he had 12 receptions for 365 yards and a pair of TDs to earn All-State honors.  He was also a finalist for the 3A Lineman of the Year.  As a freshman, he was a starter on Miller’s state championship team.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Cody Davis, OL
6-7 275  Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest

A 6-7, 275-pound offensive lineman from Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest, Cody Davis is one of three Hillcrest teammates who signed with the Crimson Tide.  A four-year starter at Hillcrest, Davis’ quick feet and imposing size gives him the makings of a top-notch offensive tackle. Davis was a class 6A All-State selection and was ranked the No. 20 player in Alabama by superprep magazine.  He helped lead the Patriots to the quarterfinals of the class 6A state playoffs before losing to the eventual state champion Hoover Bucs.  Davis was a tight end as a sophomore who moved to left tackle for his last two high school seasons.  He graded 86% for the season as a junior.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Drew Davis, OL
6-6 270 Evergreen/Sparta Academy

Evergreen, Alabama native Drew Davis signed with Alabama out of Sparta Academy.  The 286-pounder was a dominant player in the Alabama Independent Schools Association, playing on the offensive and defensive lines.  Davis was a five-year starter who, as an eighth-grader, started on the defensive line, and in his senior campaign he was a first-team AISA All-State selection. He was named AISA Lineman of the Year.  Davis accumulated 44 tackles and five sacks in 11 games his junior year while grading over 90 % on the offensive line.  As a junior, he was an AISA All-State pick and also played defense, getting 44 tackles and five sacks.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Curtis Dawson, LB
6-1 255 Hoover/Hoover

The Crimson Tide signed one of the state's best defensive players in Hoover linebacker Curtis Dawson.  The 6-1, 255-pound Dawson helped Hoover to the state championship in Class 6A this past fall by making 137 tackles and 11 sacks. He was tabbed to the Birmingham News’ Super Seniors list.  Dawson was named to the 2003 ASWA Super All-State Team and was the 6A lineman of the year, and he was listed the No. 9 in-state prospect by Superprep, and the 55th best defensive line prospect, nationally.  Dawson lists impressive strength numbers with a 385-pound bench press, 550 squat, and 325 power clean.  In his junior season, Dawson was an All-Metro selection for the Bucs and honorable mention All-State.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Brandon Fanney, DL
6-5 260  Morristown, Tenn./Morristown-West

The Crimson Tide signed defensive tackle Brandon Fanney out of Morristown-West High School in Eastern Tennessee.  As a senior, Fanney had 125 tackles and 17 sacks as he helped lead the Trojans to the final game of the Tennessee state playoffs before losing to Hillsboro in the championship game.  Fanney earned Citizen-Tribune Lakeway Defensive Player of the Year honors two years in a row.  Superprep magazine ranked Fanney as the 13th-best prospect in the state of Tennessee.  He was conference and region Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon D.J. Hall, WR
6-3 170 Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee

Choctawhatchee wide receiver D.J. Hall is one of three talented Florida wide receiver inked by the Tide.  Hall is listed at No. 44 on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 list.  His junior year, Hall had 44 receptions for 974 yards and 13 touchdowns, and despite missing two games with injury as a senior, Hall caught 26 passes for 733 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added three punts returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns as well.  Hall will add an extra pass catching threat with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash to go with his 6-3 frame.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Kevin Hamilton, DL
6-3 255  Prattville/Prattville

Kevin Hamilton is one of two signees plucked from a talented Prattville squad.  Hamilton was considered the No. 7 prospect in Alabama and the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com  In his senior year he helped the Lions to the state playoff quarterfinals before falling to Vigor.  Kevin was a first team All-State selection.  In his senior season Hamilton made 56 tackles and nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss, one interception and five fumble recoveries from his defensive tackle spot. In his junior year he had 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four caused fumbles and eight sacks.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Jeramie Holifield, DL
6-5 250  Hoover/Hoover

Hoover defensive end Jeramie Holifield is another of three signees who led the Hoover Bucs to the class 6A state championship in 2003.  A life-long Alabama fan, Holifield notched 76 tackles and nine sacks in his senior campaign, adding three forced fumbles.  Jeramie earned honorable mention All-State honors in his junior year after recording 58 tackles and eight sacks in limited playing time in Hoover’s 2002 state championship run.  He was listed as the 13th-best in-state prospect.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Aaron Johns, RB
5-10 188 Thomasville/Thomasville

The signing of Thomasville two-way player Aaron Johns will bring a speedy and versatile player to the Capstone.  Johns is a life-long Alabama fan who was the AWSA class 4A Back of the Year and Montgomery Advertiser Player of the Year in his senior season.  As a senior, he rushed for 2,050 yards on 183 carries and had 33 TDs.  Johns also had 224 receiving yards He scored 37 touchdowns in his career.  As a junior, while splitting time with three other backs, Johns rushed for over 700 yards and recorded three interceptions on defense.  Johns was listed as the No. 26 player in Alabama by Superprep magazine.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Ezekial Knight, WR
6-3 210 Wedowee/Randolph County

Randolph County star Ezekial Knight inked with the Crimson Tide.  As a linebacker, had 147 tackles and two sacks from his outside linebacker spot at Randolph County.  At the wide receiver position, Ezekial had 28 receptions for 522 yards and seven TDs and 12 punt returns for 504 yards and six TD.  In his junior year, as a wide receiver, he caught 31 passes for 788 yards and nine touchdowns.  His junior year, Knight was selected to the All-Metro (Class 1A through 6A) and All-State teams.  In 2003, Knight helped lead Randolph County to the 2A state championship title with a 31-yard touchdown run and a 77-yard punt return in the title game against Luverne.  He earned class 2A All-State honors and was named 2A’s Back of the Year.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Travis McCall, DL
6-2 235 Prattville/Prattville

McCall is considered one of the state's top 20 prospects by most recruiting services. He was a tight end as a senior, but played defense some his junior year.  McCall was selected to the 6A All-State team by the AWSA for his senior year which saw Prattville advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.  He was also selected to the Birmingham News Super Senior list.  McCall is rated the nation’s 9th-best tight end by Rivals.com and the 19th-best overall in-state prospect by Superprep Magazine.  McCall joins teammate Kevin Hamilton as Prattville signees.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Aaron McDaniel, DB
6-1 170 Ft. Payne/Ft. Payne

Aaron McDaniel is a versatile slash-back signee from Fort Payne, Alabama.  In his high school career he has taken snaps at quarterback, running back, wide receiver as well as defensive back.  Aaron rushed for over 1,000 yards in his sophomore year for the Ft. Payne High Wildcats, but was hampered by injury his junior and senior years.  McDaniel still managed 757yards and five TDs rushing in his junior campaign.  McDaniel, who joins Fort Payne teammate Marcus Carter in signing with the Tide, is listed as the No. 21 overall in-state prospect by Superprep magazine.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Will Oakley, WR
6-1 190 St Augustine, Fla./Nease

Alabama picked up another talented Florida signee in Will Oakley from Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla.  Oakley was a defensive back at Nease who converted to wide receiver for his senior season.  In his first two games at the position he totalled nine receptions for 250 yards and four touchdowns.  On the season, he broke the Northeast Florida single-season receiving record with 1,282 yards on 67 receptions and 14 touchdowns.  Will was a first-team All-State selection to the Florida Kids squad, one of the elite selectors in the state.  He was also a Mr. Football nominee. He was a class 3A first-team All-State selection and was listed No. 78 on the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 prospects list.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Travis Robinson, DB
5-10 180 Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest      

Another member of the outstanding Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest class of 2004, defensive back Travis Robinson became one of three Hillcrest Patriots to ink with the Tide.  Robinson has been timed at under 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, and was listed as the state’s 14th-best overall prospect.  He finished his senior campaign with 43 tackles and three interceptions in the defensive secondary.  Robinson also had 13 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns, with two kickoff returns for touchdowns as well.  Travis was an All-State selection at defensive back, and helped Hillcrest to the 6A state playoff quarterfinals.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon B.J. Stabler, OL
6-4 291 Grove Hill/Clarke County

Clarke County offensive lineman B.J. Stabler is one of four talented offensive linemen inked by the Crimson Tide.  Stabler was an AWSA Super All-State selection, class 3A Lineman of the Year and was on the Birmingham News’ Super Senior list..  He is listed by Superprep as the state’s 8th-best prospect and the No. 32 offensive lineman nationally.  Rivals.com lists Stabler as its 14th -best offensive guard and No. 83 on their Southeast Elite 88 list.  Stabler is regarded for his good size, quick feet and strong work ethic.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Marcel Stamps, WR
6-3 190 Brantley/Brantley

Marcel Stamps is a talented and versatile player from Brantley, Alabama.  Stamps helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1A state playoff quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner-up American Christian.  Stamps finished the 2003 season with 39 catches, 796 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.  He also starred as a linebacker at Brantley, recording 96 tackles with two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.  Stamps made history by being the first football player from Brantley HS to land a scholarship from an SEC school.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Nikita Stover, WR
6-2 187 Hartselle/Hartselle

Considered by many to be Alabama’s top prospect, Hartselle wide receiver Nikita Stover was one of the Crimson Tide’s earliest commitments.  Stover was a class 5A All-State selection after a senior season with 40 catches for over 900 yards and eight touchdowns.  He also saw playing time on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers. He was selected to the Birmingham News’ Super Senior class.   As a junior, Stover reeled in 26 catches for 723 yards with 10 touchdowns. He rushed five times for 175 yards and had two kickoff returns for 167 yards and a touchdown.  On defense, he intercepted two passes and had six pass break-ups.  Stover is a second-team Fox Sports Net “All-South” offensive selection.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Chris Turner, DL
6-3 287 Jacksonville, Fla./NW Mississippi

Chris Turner is a Junior College signee form Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia, Miss.  Last season he recorded 66 tackles and 13 sacks.  Turner was a highly touted prospect from Ed White High School in Jacksonville, Fla., who signed with Florida State before going to Northwest Mississippi to play for head coach Bobby Ray Franklin.  Turner played defensive tackle and running back in high school, and has been timed at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.  Turner was listed at No. 33 on Superprep’s JUCO top 100.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Nick Walker, TE
6-5 235 Brundidge/Pike County

Crimson Tide signee Nick Walker is an athletic tight end with 4.8 speed.  Walker, a class 3A All-State selection and All-County pick, helped his team to its first state championship in 14 years.  For his senior campaign, Walker had 67receptions for 1.028 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Walker also was a valuable asset for the Bulldogs in another phase of the game, handling placekicking duties.  As a junior, he had 37 catches for over 800 yards and 10 TDs and earned All-County and All-State honors.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Lorenzo Washington, DL
6-5 275 Loganville, Ga./Grayson

One of the most watched prospects of the year has been Grayson High defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington.  Washington was a first-team class 3A All-State selection and was listed by Superprep magazine as the 14th-best overall player in the state of Georgia and No. 18 at his position by TheInsiders.com.  He is a third-team member of Fox Sports Net “All-South” team defense.  Washington finished his senior campaign with 60 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon John Parker Wilson, QB
6-1 180 Hoover/Hoover

Wilson is one of three signees from Hoover High School.  In 2003 he led the Bucs to the class 6A state championship, completing 67% of his passes.  Wilson hit on 314 of 467 passes in 2003 for a state record 3,821 yards with 40 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.  He was selected to the Birmingham News’ Super Senior list.  For his career, Wilson completed 615 of 978 passes for 8,170 yards and 78 touchdowns.    In addition to being an AWSA class 6A and Super All-State selection, he was named 6A Player of the Year by the Montgomery Advertiser and the AWSA back of the year in 6A.  Wilson is also a standout baseball player at Hoover and plans to be a two-sport athlete in college.  He was an honorable mention All-State pick as a junior after passing for 2,800 yards and 27 TDs with just 10 interceptions.

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Circle A Logo tiny icon Jake Wingo, DB
6-1 180 Tuscaloosa/Hillcrest

Wingo was known as a big-hitter in the defensive backfield and was a three-year starter for the Hillcrest Patriots.  In his senior season he accounted for 85 tackles on the season that saw the Pats reach the 6A quarterfinals.  Wingo joins Hillcrest teammates Cody Davis and Travis Robinson in signing with the Crimson Tide this season.  Jake’s father, Rich Wingo, lettered for the Crimson Tide under head coach Paul W. Bryant in 1976-78.

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