TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? Twenty-four high school seniors have signed letters of intent to play for the University of Alabama
The 24 players come from seven states ?? Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster two offensive linemen, four defensive backs, two wide receivers, three running backs, six defensive linemen, one quarterback, four linebackers, one tight end and one player designated at overall athlete ?? though several of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other positions once they arrive on campus.
Two players ?? defensive back Kareem Jackson and running back Jamar Taylor ?? already are attending the University. Both enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2007 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama’s spring football practices tentatively slated to begin March 24. The other 22 players have signed national letters of intent today.
Among the 24 players are:
- Two members of the Parade magazine prep All-America team ?? linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Kerry Murphy.
- Three players rated among the top 100 nationally by the Rivals.com ?? McClain (35th), Murphy (56th) and wide receiver Brandon Gibson (100th).
- One player rated among the top 100 nationally by USA Today ?? defensive tackle Nick Gentry (98th).
- One player rated among the top 100 nationally by Scout.com ?? defensive end Luther Davis (84th).
- One player rated among the top 100 nationally by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ?? Gentry (98th).
- One player rated among the top 100 nationally by PrepStar ?? McClain.
- One player rated among the top 100 junior college players nationally by SuperPrep ?? defensive back Michael Ricks (37th).
- Two players selected for the U.S. Army All-America game ?? Davis and quarterback Nick Fanuzzi.
- Three SuperPrep All-Americans ?? Davis, McClain and Murphy.
- Three members of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 ?? Davis, McClain and Murphy.
- Nine players named on the Alabama Top 30 by Rivals.com ?? McClain (1st), Murphy (2nd), Gibson (5th), defensive tackle Josh Chapman (12th), offensive lineman Patrick Crump (13th), Gentry (14th), offensive lineman William Vlachos (16th), athlete Marquis Maze (18th) and linebacker Chavis Williams (22nd).
- Seven players listed among the top 36 prospects in Alabama by SuperPrep ?? Murphy (2nd), McClain (4th), Gibson (5th), Chapman (13th), Gentry (14th), Crump (18th) and Vlachos (23rd).
- Four players named to the Scout.com Southeast 100 ?? Murphy (10th), McClain (48th), Gibson (80th), and Watkins (99th).
2007 Signing Class
as of 4:45 p.m. CT
||HOMETOWN (HIGHSCHOOL/JC) |
||Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)|
||Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)|
||West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)|
||College Park, Ga. (North Clayton HS)|
||San Antonio, Texas (Churchill HS)|
||Houston, Texas (St. Pius X HS)|
||Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS)|
||Mobile, Ala. (UMS Wright HS)|
||LaGrange, Ga. (Troup HS/Hargrave Military Academy)|
||Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS)|
||Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS)|
||Atlanta, Ga. (The Marist School)|
||Fork Union, Va. (Fork Union Military Academy|
||Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS)|
||Tarrant, Ala. (Tarrant HS)|
||Decatur, Ala. (Decatur HS)|
||Athens, Ala. (Athens HS)|
||Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)|
||Courtland, Ala. (R.A. Hubbard HS/NE Mississippi CC)|
||Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)|
|| Birmingham, Ala. (Vestavia Hills HS)|
||Birmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook HS)|
||Brownsville, Tenn. (Haywood HS)|
|| Dora, Ala. (Dora HS)|
*enrolled January, 2007
Josh CHAPMAN, DT, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS) ?? Rated the no. 12 prospect in Alabama on the Rivals.com Alabama Top 30 list ... rated the nation’s no. 32 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com ... the no. 14 player on the BamaOnLine Top 27 in Alabama prospect rankings ... rated the no. 13 prospect overall in Alabama by SuperPrep ... rated the no. 4 defensive lineman in Alabama by SuperPrep ... described by his high school coach, Rush Propst, as the best defensive lineman in Hoover history ... as a senior, he was second on the team with 97 tackles, including 22 for losses, two quarterback sacks and one pass interception ... as a junior in 2005, he recorded 65 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles ... coached by Rush Propst.
Patrick CRUMP, OL, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS) ?? Rated the no. 18 prospect in Alabama by SuperPrep ... rated the nation’s no. 38 offensive guard by Scout.com ... rated the no. 13 prospect on the Rivals.com Alabama Top 30 list ... rated the no. 13 player in Alabama on the BamaOnLine Top 27 in Alabama prospect rankings ... ranked as the nation’s no. 20 offensive guard prospect by Rivals.com ... earned Hoover’s Offensive Headhunter Award for his performance as a senior ... coached by Rush Propst.
Luther DAVIS, DE, West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS) ?? Rated the no. 3 prospect in Louisiana by SuperPrep ... a SuperPrep All-American ... rated the nation’s no. 14 defensive line prospect by SuperPrep ... a member of the ESPN Top 150 nationally ... one of six defensive ends on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 ... rated the no. 15 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com ... rated the nation’s no. 25 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com ... rated the nation’s no. 16 defensive end prospect by ESPN ... as a junior in 2005, he had 88 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries ... as a senior in 2006, he recorded 68 tackles, 13 sacks and six blocked kicks ... an honorable mention all-state selection in 2006 ... coached by Don Shows.
Jeremy ELDER, DE, College Park, Ga. (North Clayton HS) ?? Rated the nation’s no. 56 defensive tackle prospect by ESPN ... a three-star defensive lineman by Scout.com ... rated among Scout.com Top 50 defensive linemen in the country ... finished his senior season with 92 tackles (54 solos), five sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception ... listed on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top 50 prep players ... coached by Donald Shockley.
Nick FANUZZI, QB, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill HS) ?? Ranked 18th among dual threat quarterbacks by Rivals.com ... listed 73rd among all players in the state of Texas by Rivals.com ... rated 32nd among quarterbacks by Scout.com ... listed in the Houston Chronicle Top-100 ... selected to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... named to the Team Texas Class 5A third team ... 2006 Class 5A Region IV first team selection ... ran and passed for over 1,000 yards in his senior season ... finished the year completing 102-of-194 passes for 1,533 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 182 carries for 1,007 yards and eight touchdowns ... despite missing most of his junior season with an injury, he averaged 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing for the year ... started as a running back as a freshman at Churchill High School ... also a standout center fielder in baseball earning All-District honors after batting .358 ... father, Mike, was a All-SEC quarterback at Kentucky ... brother, Michael, was a quarterback at Arizona and Texas Tech ... coached by Carl Gustafson.
Tarence FARMER, DB, Houston, Texas (St. Pius X) ?? Rated 66th among safeties by Rivals.com ... listed 82nd among cornerbacks by Scout.com ... helped lead the St. Pius Panthers to a TAPPS Division I state championship and 13-0 record as a senior ... selected to the TAPPS District 3-I first team offense ... also earned All-District honors as a sophomore and junior ... All-Greater Houston second team defense selection ... named to the Houston Chronicle Area Top 100 ... tallied 41 catches for 1,009 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior season ... also intercepted three passes ... recorded five catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns against San Antonio Antonian ... as a junior he caught 42 passes for 730 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with five interceptions in 11 games ... coached by Robin Kirk.
Nick GENTRY, DT, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS) ?? Rated the no. 10 prospect on the BamaOnLine Top 27 in Alabama rankings ... rated the no. 14 player on the Rivals.com Alabama Top 30 list ... rated the nation’s no. 29 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com ... the no. 14 prospect in Alabama by SuperPrep ... played both end and tackle on the defensive line at Prattville ... as a senior in 2006, he was credited with 54 tackles, including 16 sacks ... as a junior in 2005, he made 100 tackles (42 solos), including 16 for losses and 22 sacks ... was all-State, all-Metro, all-County ... the Autauga County Defensive Player of the Year ... coached by Bill Clark.
Brandon GIBSON, WR, Mobile, Ala. (UMS Wright HS) ?? Member of the Rivals.com Rivals100 ... rated 13th among all wide receivers by Rivals.com ... ranked fifth among all players from the state of Alabama according to Rivals.com ... ranked 35th among wide receivers by Scout.com ... member of Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 ... one of four Crichton Optimist Club Players of the Year ... named to Birmingham News All-State team in senior season ... All-State selection as a junior ... took team to state semifinals in senior season at UMS-Wright ... tallied 52 receptions for 793 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior season ... also had 14 punt returns for 226 yards and one touchdown, 21 kick returns for 544 yards, 24 tackles, one blocked kick and three interceptions ... led UMS-Wright to a 42-16 victory over Deshler in the 2005 state title game with seven grabs for 50 yards and one touchdown ... named his team’s Most Valuable Receiver after recording 43 catches for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior ... also a standout track athlete ... coached by Terry Curtis.
Demetrius GOODE, RB, LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange HS/Hargrave Military Academy, Va.) ?? Rated 22nd among all players in the Rivals.com prep school top 50 ... listed 97th among running backs by Scout.com ... attended the Hargrave Military Academy in 2006 ... after an outstanding prep career at Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga., Goode attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia during the 2006 season ... rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in a win over the US Naval Academy junior varsity ... had a 51-yard touchdown run in the win, the longest of the season for Hargrave ... While at Troup High School, Goode was a highly regarded running back ... the nation’s No. 8 all-purpose back and the No. 17 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com ... a 2005 Prep Star All-American ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Troup ... primarily a running back, he also saw some action as a defensive back and on kickoff returns ... rushed for 1,630 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior ... named the Area Offensive Player of the Year by the LaGrange Daily News ... played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game ... ran for 1,110 yards in his junior season ... gained approximately 800 yards as a sophomore and had a kickoff return for a touchdown ... team advanced to the state playoffs all four years ... three-year all-county selection ... First-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was named to the paper’s list of the top prospects in Georgia ... two-year member of the track team ... served in the school’s mentor program ... a cousin, Kelly Reed, plays football for West Georgia ... Last name is pronounced “GUDE” ... coached by Tommy Walburn at Troup High School and was coached by Marty Talber at Hargrave Academy.
Jeramie GRIFFIN, FB, Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS) ?? Rated No. 3 fullback by Scout.com ... ranked as the No. 4 fullback by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 9 in the Rivals.com Mississippi Top-25 ... named first team All-State as a senior by the Clarion Ledger ... Mississippi Coaches Association first team All-State selection as a junior ... Orlando Sentinel 2006 All-Southern football team ... finalist for Mississippi’s Mr. Football award in 2006 ... helped lead South Panola to its fourth straight state championship with a 28-21 win over Meridian for a 15-0 record as a senior ... never lost a game in high school ... team owns the state record with 60 consecutive wins ... rushed for 1,288 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior ... tallied 123 carries for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns as he led his team to the state championship and No. 6 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 in 2005 ... coached by Ricky Woods.
Darius HANKS, WR, Norcross, Ga. (Norcross ?? Atlanta Journal Constitution first team 5A All-State selection and First team All-Region 7-5A pick ... caught 55 passes for 857 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... also ran the ball 12 times for 63 yards and three touchdowns to go along with six interceptions ... finished second in Class 5A in both receptions and yards during his senior season ... collected 378 yards and two touchdowns in five games as a junior despite missing most of the season after suffering a broken leg ... participated in the Clemson Nike training camp ... coached by Keith Maloof.
Jennings HESTER, LB, Atlanta, Ga. (Marist School) ?? Ranked 59th among linebackers by Scout.com ... first team 4A All-State selection ... named to Orlando Sentinel 2006 All-Southern football team ... first team All-DeKalb County as a senior ... tallied 120 tackles with five pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in his senior season at Marist ... led his team to a 13-2 record and trip to the 4A state finals ... during his junior season he compiled 105 tackles with nine for a loss and one sack ... he led the team in tackles and to a spot in the state playoffs ... named a captain as a senior ... coached by Alan Chadwick.
Kareem JACKSON, DB, Fork Union, Va. (Macon (Ga.) Westside HS/Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy) ?? Rated 17th among all prep players in the nation by Rivals.com ... selected to play in The Max Emfinger Third Annual High School All-American Bowl Game Classic in Shreveport, La. ... recorded five interceptions in 2006 at Fork Union Military Academy ... compiled 1,436 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns, nine receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns and 16 tackles with three interceptions in his senior season at Westside High School in Macon, Ga. ... is already attending UA as he enrolled in January ... coached by Micky Sullivan at Fork Union.
Chris LETT, DB, Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS) ?? Rated the 13th best cornerback by Rivals.com ... ranked 22nd among all players and 4th among defensive backs from the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... a member of the Florida Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel (rated no. 95) ... selected to play in The Max Emfinger Third Annual High School All-American Bowl Game Classic! in Shreveport, La. ... recorded eight tackles in the game to earn the East team Defensive Back MVP ... 2006 Florida Sports Writers Association 3A All-State second team defense selection ... all-region choice in 2005 ... recorded 47 tackles with three interceptions in his senior season at Pensacola High School ... tallied 32 tackles with four interceptions as a junior ... also played basketball and ran track ...competed at the Tallahassee Nike training camp and Gainesville Nike training camp ... coached by Mike Bennett.
Marquis MAZE, ATH, Tarrant, Ala. (Tarrant HS) ?? A versatile athlete who played tailback, quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and returned kickoff and punts at Tarrant High School ... played in the 2007 Max Emfinger High School All-American Game in Shreveport, La. ... He ran nine times for 115 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game ... He averaged 17.2 yards per carry ... Rated as a three-star wide receiver by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 52 best athlete by Rivals.com ... Rated as the 18th best player in Alabama by Rivals.com ... He had nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and over 30 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons ... As a senior, Maze had more than 1,200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns, despite playing only six games due to an injury ... After the first and second-team quarterbacks were injured, Maze stepped into that role as the Wildcats posted a 10-0 regular-season record before losing in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs ... As a junior, he ran 95 times for 1,109 yards and 19 touchdowns ... He averaged 11.6 yards per rushing attempt as a junior ... On defense, he added 26 tackles and six interceptions as a defensive back ... He also had three kickoff returns for touchdowns ... Also a starting guard on high school basketball team ... coached by Donnie Rogers.
Rolando McCLAIN, LB, Decatur, Ala. (Decatur HS) ?? Ranked 35th among all players in the country in the Rivals.com top 100 ... listed second among all inside linebackers by Rivals.com ... rated as the top player from the state of Alabama by Rivals.com ... one of 13 linebackers on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 ... ... ranked 10th among linebackers by Scout.com ... Orlando Sentinel 2006 All-Southern football team ... Parade All-American ... selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... tallied 106 tackles with 13 for a loss in his senior season ... earned All-State honors as a tight end in 2005 ... All-Region 8 selection as a linebacker ... recorded 104 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss with four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his junior season ... he also tallied 24 receptions for 436 yards in 2005 ... three-year starter at Decatur High School ... also a starter on the Decatur basketball team ... coached by Jere Adcock.
Alfred McCULLOUGH, DT, Athens, Ala. (Athens HS) ?? 2006 The Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... First-Team Class 5A All-State by The Birmingham News ... Played in the Max Emfinger East-West High School All-Star Game in Shreveport, La. ... He was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player for the East squad after finishing with a game-high 12 tackles ... Rated No. 11 by the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register’s Elite 18 players in the state of Alabama ... Rated as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com Top 30 ... He recorded 128 tackles and 28 tackles for loss in is junior and senior season at Athens High School ... Named Class 5A Most Valuable Lineman by the Alabama Sports Writer’s Association ... He led the Golden Eagles to the Class 5A State Championship as a senior with a 10-7 win over Eufaula in the Class 5A Super Six Championship game in 2006, the school’s first state title in more than three decades ... He recorded 61 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior ... As a junior, he recorded 67 tackles and 11 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and six pass breakups ... 2005 Honorable Mention All-State by The Birmingham News ... All-Region 8 selection ... Alabama Class 5A, Region 8 Player of the Year in 2005 ... First-Team All-Area selection by The Decatur Daily ... coached by Allen Creasy.
Kerry MURPHY, DT, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS) ?? Parade All-American ... Birmingham News All-Metro Team ... Rated as the top prospect on the Birmingham News Super Senior list ... one of 11 defensive tackles on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 ... rated No. 3 by the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register’s Elite 18 players in the state of Alabama ... rated as the 15th best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... rated No. 56 by Rivals.com Top 100 prospects ... rated as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as No. 2 prospect in state of Alabama by Rivals.com Top 30 ... named to Rivals.com Super 250 Team ... rated No. 68 by the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 ... selected to play in the 2006 Alabama North-South All-Star Game ... a dominant force in the middle, Murphy made 142 tackles and 16 sacks in his junior and senior seasons ... as a senior, he had 77 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks ... added 77 tackles and recorded eight sacks as a junior in leading Hoover to its second straight Class 6A State Championship ... coached by Rush Propst.
Michael RICKS, DB, Courland, Ala. (R.A. Hubbard HS/NE Mississippi CC) ?? Rated as the fourth best junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com in its Top 100 ... rated a four-star defensive back by Rivals.com ... rated a three-star defensive back by Scout.com ... rated as the 37th best junior college player by SuperPrep Juco Top 100 ... a two-year starter at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss., ... a MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior College) All-State selection as both a freshman and sophomore ... named First Team All-Region 23 following his sophomore season with the Tigers ... as a sophomore in 2006, Ricks started at safety for Northeast as well as returned kicks ... finished the 2006 season as the fifth-best kick returner in Mississippi, averaging 24.8 yards per return with a long of 59 yards ... had 48 tackles and six interceptions in 2005 ... had a stellar high school career at R.A. Hubbard in Courtland, Ala. ... On offense, he racked up more than 1,300 rushing yards and 760 receiving yards ... On defense, Ricks had 75 tackles and led the state of Alabama with 16 interceptions ... named The Decatur Daily's small school (1A-3A) 2005 Player of the Year ... led his team to a 14-1 overall record as a senior and a runner-up finish in the Class 1A state championship game ... also participated in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star game and recorded four tackles and one fumble recovery ... as a basketball player, he was a finalist for Class 1A Mr. Basketball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and led the Chiefs to the Final Four in Birmingham ... coached by Andy Greening at Northeast Mississippi CC.
Jamar TAYLOR, RB, Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS) ?? Rated the no. 83 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep ... rated the no. 80 running back prospect in the nation by ESPN ... excellent short-yardage runner who scored more than 40 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Lakeland ... rushed for 1,113 yards on 175 carries (6.4-yard average per carry) and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior in 2006 ... is already attending UA as he enrolled in January ... coached by Bill Castle.
Chris UNDERWOOD, TE, Birmingham, Ala. (Vestavia Hills HS) ?? Rated the nation’s no. 39 weak side defensive end by Rivals.com ... rated the no. 22 player on the Rivals.com Alabama Top 30 list of top overall prospects ... helped team to the semi finals of 2006 Class 6A state playoffs, where they lost to Hoover in epic 42-37 game in which the teams combined for 978 total yards in a game that featured seven lead changes ... had a 63-yard reception to set up a second quarter touchdown that gave the Rebels a 14-10 lead ... coached by Buddy Anderson.
William VLACHOS, OL, Birmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook HS) ?? The Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... First-Team Class 6A All-State by The Birmingham News ... The Birmingham News All-Metro Team ... rated as the No. 9 center in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as the 19th best center in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 16 prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com Top 30 ... rated No. 15 on the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register’s Elite 18 players in the state of Alabama ... First-Team All-Over The Mountain Team ... won the Over the Mountain Most Valuable Lineman award ... named Mountain Brook HS Most Valuable lineman ... selected to play in the 2006 Alabama North-South All-Star game and played every snap ... pronounced “VLAY-hose” ... coached by Joey Jones.
Alex WATKINS, LB, Brownsville, Tenn. (Haywood HS) ?? Rated as the No. 5 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com ... named to Rivals.com Super 250 Team ... recorded 186 tackles and 25 sacks during his junior and senior seasons ... as a senior, Watkins logged 116 tackles and added 19 for losses and nine sacks ... as a junior, he had 70 tackles and 16 sacks ... First-Team All-West Tennessee selection by the Jackson Sun ... First-team All-Region selection ... also an outstanding track athlete ... ran the 100-meters in 11.2 seconds ... coached by Bart Stowe.
Chavis WILLIAMS, LB, Dora, Ala. (Dora HS) ?? rated as the #39 DE in the country by Scout.com...ranked as the 22nd best prospect in the State of Alabama by Scout.com....recorded 8 sacks and 81 tackles, averaging 9 tackles per game at Dora High...named ASWA First Team 4A All-State ... rated by Rivals.com among the Top 50 defensive lineman in the nation ... rated by Rivals.com among the Top 30 players in the state of Alabama ... rated as a three-star defensive lineman by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... a First-Team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... was second on the team with 123 tackles and added 11 sacks as a senior ... had 393 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while playing tight end ... coached by Johnny Wright.