Crimson Tide Ink 25 on National Signing Day

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced today that 25 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining four players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.

The 29 total players come from seven states – Alabama (12), Georgia (6), Louisiana (3), Mississippi (3), Florida (3), Ohio (1) and South Carolina (1).

"In terms of needs, I thought it was really important that we get some big guys with long arms that could play on the edges on the offensive line," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday. "I think we were able to solve that.  I also think there are skill players on offense who could make explosive plays and obviously getting a couple of runners like Trent Richardson, who is a great player, as well as some receivers and skill guys to go with that and to be able to attract one of the top quarterbacks in the country.  I think all of those things will help us develop and sort of replace some the guys we lost on offense this year, which will be a real key to building our offense to what we need it to be in the future."

As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster seven defensive linemen, five offensive linemen, four linebackers, four wide receivers, four running backs, two defensive backs, one quarterback, one linebacker-defensive lineman and one offensive lineman-defensive lineman – though several of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other positions once they arrive on campus.

"Defensively, we got some good front seven players, some defensive linemen," Saban said. "We only got a couple of defensive backs, if there was one area where we would have liked to have taken another guy or two, that might have been it, but we are pleased with the guys that we were able to attract. I think the quality of linemen in this class, and I think there are 12 or 13 true linemen, big guys, is probably important to the future of the program.  We have never had the numbers in the offensive line that we need to have since we've been here, in terms of depth and quality.  So, that is something that we were able to do in this class.

Four players – offensive linemen James Carpenter and Chance Warmack along with defensive lineman Kerry Murphy and running back Jermaine Preyear – are already attending classes at the University. They all enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2009 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama's spring football practices. The other 25 players signed national letters of intent today.

Among the 29 players are:

  • 5 members of the Parade magazine prep All-America team – D.J. Fluker, offensive line; Nico Johnson, linebacker; Dre Kirkpatrick, defensive back; Trent Richardson, running back; Kerry Murphy, defensive lineman (2006).
  • 3 member of the USA Today prep All-America team – D.J. Fluker; Dre Kirkpatrick; Trent Richardson
  • 2 members of the EA Sports prep All-America team – D.J. Fluker; Dre Kirkpatrick; Trent Richardson
  • 7 players participated in the U.S. Army prep All-America game – Chris Bonds; D.J. Fluker; Nico Johnson; Kendall Kelly; Dre Kirkpatrick; A.J. McCarron; Tana Patrick
  • 2 players participated in the Under Armour prep All-Star game – Trent Richardson; Petey Smith
  • 5 players named to the Rival100 – D.J. Fluker (3); Trent Richardson (6); Dre Kirkpatrick (11); Nico Johnson (32); Tana Patrick (67);
  • 18 players named to the Scout.com Southeast 150 – Dre Kirkpatrick; Trent Richardson; Kendall Kelly; Nico Johnson; Tana Patrick; A.J. McCarron; Chris Bonds; Eddie Lacy; Darrington Sentimore; Petey Smith; William Ming; D.J. Fluker; Rod Woodson; Brandon Moore; Anthony Orr; Kellen Williams; Jonathan Atchison; Quinton Dial
  • 14 players named to Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 team – Trent Richardson; A.J. McCarron; Eddie Lacy; Kendall Kelly; Kenny Bell; Michael Bowman; Anthony Orr; Chris Bonds; D.J. Fluker; William Ming; Nico Johnson; Petey Smith; Tana Patrick; Dre Kirkpatrick;
  • 10 players named to Rivals.com Top 40 Alabama prep players – D.J. Fluker (1); Dre Kirkpatrick (2); Nico Johnson (3): Tana Patrick (4); A.J. McCarron (5); Kendall Kelly (6); William Ming (7); Brandon Moore (9); Quinton Dial (12); Anthony Orr (14);
  • 18 players named to The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 – D.J. Fluker (2); Dre Kirkpatrick (3); Trent Richardson (4); Nico Johnson (12); A.J. McCarron (26); Tana Patrick (28); Eddie Lacy (54); Michael Bowman (58); Darrington Sentimore (59); Rod Woodson (62); Chris Bonds (64); Kevin Norwood (69); Brandon Moore (80); Kendall Kelly (86); Ed Stinson (91); Quinton Dial (93); Kenny Bell (102); Petey Smith (112); William Ming (115); 
  • 10 players named to The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 – D.J. Fluker (1); Dre Kirkpatrick (2); Nico Johnson (3); A.J. McCarron (4); Tana Patrick (5); Brandon Moore (7); Kendall Kelly (9); Quinton Dial (10); William Ming (11); Anthony Orr (18)
 2009 SIGNEES
TimeNamePosHtWtSchoolCoverage
7:05 a.m. Kellen WilliamsOL6-3290Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood HS  | 
7:07 a.m. Michael BowmanWR6-4210Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland HS  | 
7:34 a.m. Mike MarrowRB-HB6-2240Holland, Ohio/Central Catholic  | 
7:46 a.m. Nico JohnsonLB6-3225Andalusia, Ala./Andalusia  | 
7:48 a.m. Chris BondsDL6-4280Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast  | 
7:57 a.m. Anthony OrrDL6-5260Madison, Ala./Sparkman  | 
7:58 a.m. Anthony SteenOL-DL6-3305Lambert, Miss./Lee Academy  | 
8:08 a.m. Rod WoodsonDB5-11200Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS  | 
8:09 a.m. D.J. FlukerOL6-5340Foley, Ala./Foley HS  | 
8:12 a.m. Jonathan AtchisonLB6-2220Atlanta, Ga./Douglass HS  | 
8:14 a.m. A.J. McCarronQB6-4190Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul's Episcopal School  | 
8:23 a.m. Kevin NorwoodWR6-2180D'Iberville, Miss./D'Iberville HS  | 
8:27 a.m. Darrington SentimoreDL6-3280Norco, La./Destrahan HS  | 
8:29 a.m. Quinton DialDL6-5310Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville HS  | 
8:32 a.m. Ed StinsonDL-LB6-4240Homestead, Fla./South Dade HS  | 
8:45 a.m. Darius McKellerOL6-5280Jonesboro, Ga./Jonesboro HS  | 
8:53 a.m. William MingDL6-3260Athens, Ala./Athens HS  | 
10:13 a.m. Petey SmithLB6-1245Tampa, Fla./Armwood HS  | 
11:50 a.m. Tana PatrickLB6-3235Bridgport, Ala./North Jackson HS  | 
1:00 p.m. Brandon MooreDL6-5320Montgomery, Ala./Carver HS  | 
2:39 p.m. Kendall KellyWR6-3215Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City HS  | 
2:54 p.m. Dre KirkpatrickDB6-3185Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City HS  | 
3:35 p.m. Kenny BellWR6-1170Rayville, Ala./Rayville HS  | 
3:49 p.m. Eddie LacyRB6-0210Geismar, La./Dutchtown HS  | 
4:11 p.m. Trent RichardsonRB5-11220Pensacola, Fla./Escambia HS  | 
 ALREADY ENROLLED AT ALABAMA
Enrolled    James CarpenterOL6-5305Augusta, Ga./ Coffeyville[Kan.] CC /Hephzibah HS  | 
Enrolled Kerry MurphyDL6-5315Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS  | 
Enrolled Jermaine PreyearRB5-11205Mobile, Ala./Davidson HS  | 
Enrolled Chance WarmackOL6-3325Atlanta, Ga./Westlake HS  | 


A fast and versatile linebacker, Jonathan Atchison was a first-team 5A Georgia All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press out of Douglass High School in Atlanta ... an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection ... earned a three-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ranked as the No. 14 outside linebacker nationally by ESPNU and No. 24 by Rivals.com ... Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 16 strong-side linebacker ... ranked 37th on Rivals.com postseason Georgia Top 75 ... ranked 131st on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list ... SuperPrep's No. 63 player in Georgia ... posted 110 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior ... made 125 total tackles as a senior with 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks ... coached by Kenneth Barrow ... chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Louisville.
Kenny Bell is a four-star wide receiver prospect out of Rayville, La. ... SuperPrep All-American ... ranked as the No. 36 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com ... Rivals.com lists Bell as the No. 40 wide out in the country and No. 12 on Rivals.com Louisiana Postseason Top 75 ... ESPNU lists him as the No. 47 wide receiver ... on The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... a 3A first-team All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... SuperPrep's No. 25 wide receiver prospect nationally and the publication's No. 11 prospect in Louisiana ... on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list ... caught 46 passes as a senior for 816 yards and nine touchdowns ... hauled in 49 passes for 914 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 ... coached by Bo Barton ... chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Florida, Michigan, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Nebraska.
Chris Bonds is a talented defensive lineman from Columbia, S.C. ... U.S. Army All-American ... listed as the No. 10 defensive tackle nationally by ESPNU and a member of the ESPNU 150 team ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American ...ranked as the No. 27 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... Rivals.com has Bonds as the fifth-best athlete and fifth-quickest defensive tackle while ranking him 46th at his position ... Rivals.com's 20th ranked player in the state of South Carolina ... ranked 64th on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... listed at No. 48 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 ... SuperPrep's No. 39 defensive lineman and the publication's No. 8 player in South Carolina ... played for head coach Jay Frye at Richland Northeast ... chose the Crimson Tide over Southern California, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame.
One of the top wide receivers in the state of Georgia, Michael Bowman is on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... ranked 58th on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American ... a Rivals.com250 player and ranked No. 9 in the website's Georgia Postseason Top 75 ... also listed by Rivals.com as the No. 20 wide receiver in the country ... a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... listed as Scout.com's No. 14 wide receiver nationally and No. 143 overall in the Scout 300 ... SuperPrep's No. 15 wide receiver and the publication's No. 6 player in Georgia ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football All-American... brother of former Oklahoma State all-conference wide receiver Adarius Bowman, who is now playing in the CFL ... caught 37 passes for 1,075 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Ridgeland, earning Georgia 3A All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association ... hauled in 37 receptions for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior ... coached by Mark Mariakis ... chose the Crimson Tide over Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oregon and Oklahoma State.
Quinton Dial is an imposing presence along the defensive line ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA ... was the 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.
D.J. Fluker is one of the elite offensive tackles in the 2009 recruiting class ... a Parade All-American ... USA Today All-American ... U.S. Army All-American ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... ranked No. 3 in the Rivals.com and No. 12 in the ESPNU 150 ... a five-star recruit by Rivals.com ... also ranks as the top offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com and ESPNU ... the No. 2 player in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... top-ranked player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com ... ranked 25th nationally by Tom Lemming's Prep Football while garnering All-America honors from Lemming as well ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and the Birmingham News ... rated No. 1 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... SuperPrep's No. 7 offensive lineman and the publication's No. 4 player in Alabama ... No. 1 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 ... a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic ... ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 103 overall ... in his first year at offensive tackle, graded out at 92 percent with 60 pancake blocks and 28 knockdowns ... recorded 78 tackles and seven sacks as a defensive tackle in 2007 at Biloxi (Miss.) High School ... coached by Mark Lasseter ... chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, Clemson and Florida State.
One of the elite linebackers in the 2009 recruiting class, Nico Johnson follows in a long line of excellent linebacker prospects from the state of Alabama ... Parade All-American ... U.S. Army All-American ... finalist for the first high school Butkus Award ... ranked as the nation's No. 20 overall recruit in the ESPNU 150 ... a consensus five-star recruit ... ranked 25th nationally by Scout.com and 32nd overall in the Rivals.com ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and SuperPrep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year ... No. 18 on SuperPrep's Elite 50 list ... SuperPrep's No. 4 linebacker and the publication's top-ranked player in Alabama ... the No. 12 player in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... No. 3 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... All-America selection by Tom Lemming's Prep Football and its No. 23 player nationally ... No. 17 on the Scout.com Southeast Hot 100 list ... ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker by Rivals.com ... listed as the No. 2 inside linebacker by Scout.com and ESPNU ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association's first-team 4A All-State selection (2007-08) ... rated No. 4 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... registered 78 tackles as a senior in 2008 with two sacks and 11 interceptions ... had 70 tackles as a junior with 15 tackles for loss ... notched his career high in tackles as a sophomore in 2006 with 128 stops, including 113 solo tackles, 13 tackles for loss and two interceptions ... coached by Heath Harmon at Andalusia High School ... chose Alabama over LSU, Southern California, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
An athletic receiver out of Gadsden City High School ... U.S. Army All-American ... No. 66 overall nationally in the ESPNU150 and listed as the No. 7 wide receiver ... a Rivals250 player that is listed as the No. 26-best receiver prospect in the nation ... Scout.com lists Kelly as the No. 25 wide out ... Rivals.com lists him as the sixth-best player in Alabama ... rated No. 9 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... No. 9 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 86 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... 96th nationally by Tom Lemming's Prep Football while also garnering All-America honors from Lemming ... a SuperPrep All-American and listed as the No. 9 prospect in the state ... No. 15 on Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... garnered honorable mention 6A All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... saw limited time as a senior due to injury, but still caught nine passes for 130 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 78 yards ... hauled in 34 receptions for 595 yards as a junior with 189 yards and 13 total touchdowns in 2007, garnering 6A honorable mention All-State honors from the ASWA ... coached by Joe Billingsley ... was high school teammates with fellow Crimson Tide signee Dre Kirkpatrick ... chose Alabama over Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Southern California, Texas and Tennessee.
Dre Kirkpatrick is rated as one of the top overall players in the 2009 recruiting class ... the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the ESPNU150 and the No. 11 player in the Rivals100 ... a Parade All-American ... USA Today All-American ... U.S. Army All-American ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... a SuperPrep All-American, Elite 50 player and No. 7 defensive back ... listed as the country's No. 1 cornerback by ESPNU and Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 5 cornerback by Scout.com ... Rivals.com also ranks Kirkpatrick as the No. 2 player in Alabama and the fifth-fastest cornerback with the fifth-best cover skills ... consensus five-star recruit ... SuperPrep lists him as the No. 2 player in Alabama ... No. 2 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 3 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... 12th nationally by Tom Lemming's Prep Football while garnering All-America honors from Lemming as well ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and the Birmingham News ... rated No. 2 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... the ASWA 2008 Back of the Year ... a two-time All-State player after first earning recognition as a junior in 2007 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... recorded 80 tackles with six interceptions and 15 pass breakups as a senior ... notched 58 tackles as six picks as a junior ... had 55 stops and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2006 ... coached by Joe Billingsley ... chose Alabama over Texas, Florida, LSU, Southern California, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee and Michigan.
Eddie Lacy is Rivals.com's No. 13 running back nationally and No. 116 on the Rivals250 ... in the ESPNU150 and the 17th-best running back ... Scout.com lists Lacy as the No. 24 running back nationally and No. 61 on the Southeast 150 ... a SuperPrep All-American and the publications No. 28 running back ... a four-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... an All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... garnered first-team 5A All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... No. 54 on The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... played only seven games during his senior year due to injuries, but still managed 1,046 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns ... earned LSWA 5A All-State honors after rushing for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 ... rushed for 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006 ... coached by Benny Saia ... chose Alabama over Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State and LSU.
Mike Marrow comes to Tuscaloosa as one of the top fullback prospects in the country ... a versatile and skilled athlete with tremendous size ... listed as the No. 2 overall fullback by ESPNU ... listed as the No. 11 fullback by Scout.com and 15th by Rivals.com ... 55th on Rivals.com list of postseason prospects in the state of Ohio ... rushed for 893 yards on 175 carries for Central Catholic while scoring 11 touchdowns ... played at New Albany (Ohio) High School as a junior in 2007, rushing for 810 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging just over five yards per carry ... father, Vince, played for eight years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers ... played two Super Bowls with the Bills ... coached by Greg Dempsey at Central Catholic ... chose the Crimson Tide over Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin and Toledo.
A.J. McCarron is the lone quarterback in the Crimson Tide's 2009 recruiting class ... the Elite 11 quarterback has a strong and accurate arm ... SuperPrep All-American and listed as the publication's No. 9 quarterback ... U.S. Army All-American ... also SuperPrep's fifth-ranked player in the state of Alabama ... ranked as the nation's No. 37 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 quarterback ... the No. 7 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Alabama by the website ... Scout.com has him as the No. 17 quarterback ... a four-star prospect ... rated No. 5 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... the nation's No. 83 prospect by Tom Lemming's Prep Football ... the No. 26 player in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... No. 4 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... two-time 5A All-State selection (2007-08) ... in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic where he was named the game's MVP ... No. 41 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list ... threw for 6,066 yards, 66 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as a three-year starting quarterback at Saint Paul's Episcopal School ... threw for 1,560 yards, 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior ... was impressive as a junior with 2,532 yards, 26 touchdowns and three picks as he led the Saints to the Alabama 5A State Championship ... threw for 1,974 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore with four interceptions ... coached by Mike Bates ... chose Alabama over Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia and Purdue.
Darius McKeller outstanding pickup for Alabama along the offensive line ... has excellent size and athletic ability ... son of former Buffalo Bills tight end Keith McKeller ... ESPNU lists McKeller as the No. 30 offensive tackle nationally ... ranked as the No. 43 prospect in the nation at offensive guard by Scout.com ... listed by Rivals.com as the No. 58 offensive tackle and the No. 47 player on the Georgia Postseason Top 75 ... an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection ... Class AAAA first-team Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State ... earned a three-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... SuperPrep Magazine lists him as the No. 42 player in the state of Georgia ... 2008 first-team 4A All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... coached by Clint Satterfield at Jonesboro High School ... chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Mississippi State.
William Ming is an explosive defensive lineman prospect for the Crimson Tide ... a member of the Rivals250 team and the nation's No. 12 strong-side defensive end by Rivals.com ... ranked as the No. 19 overall defensive end prospect by ESPNU and the No. 28 DE by Scout.com ... a SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the No. 8 player in the state of Alabama according to the publication ... a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... rated No. 20 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... listed on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and No. 11 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... No. 90 on the Scout.com Southeast 150 ... Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State honorable mention selection ... recorded 47 tackles with four sacks as offenses targeted the talented defensive end in 2008 ... notched 77 tackles with 49 solo stops and seven sacks as a junior in 2007 ... made 75 tackles with six sacks as a sophomore in 2006 ... coached by Allen Creasy ... chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU and Tennessee.
Brandon Moore is an outstanding line prospect out of Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala. ... a SuperPrep All-American ... Scout.com rates Moore as the No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 178 player at any position ... listed as the No. 24 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 9 player in the state of Alabama ... ESPNU lists Moore as a defensive tackle and ranks him 30th nationally ... a first-team 5A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection ... also a first-team All-State choice by The Birmingham News and the Montgomery Advertiser ... SuperPrep lists him as the No. 6 player in Alabama and the No. 25 offensive lineman nationally ... listed on Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 7 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... rated No. 8 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... graded out at 91 percent for the year on the offensive line ... coached by Al Pogue ... chose Alabama over Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The Crimson Tide picked up an outstanding receiver prospect from Mississippi in D'Iberville product Kevin Norwood ... possesses great size and hands ... was a two-way threat in high school and the nation's No. 22 wide receiver by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals250, Mississippi's No. 5 prospect and the nation's No. 3 deep threat by Rivals.com ... Scout.com's No. 44 wide receiver prospect and the No. 65 wide out by ESPNU ... rated No. 69 by The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... earned the Sun Herald's South Mississippi Defensive Player of the Year and was also named Mr. South Mississippi Football ... a first-team All-State selection by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger... SuperPrep Magazine's No. 16 player in Mississippi ... caught 64 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior to go along with 10 interceptions ... hauled in 33 receptions for 668 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 ... coached by Buddy Singleton ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
Anthony Orr is the 23rd-ranked defensive end prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 28 defensive tackle by Scout.com ... No. 16 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 ... the No. 14 prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... No. 120 on the Scout.com Southeast 150 and No. 18 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... ranked 14th in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine ... the No. 86 defensive end prospect by ESPNU ... first-team selection at the All-Nike Combine during the summer of 2008 in Atlanta ... made 64 tackles as a senior in 2008 with 11 tackles for loss and two sacks ... recorded 48 tackles as a junior with 16 tackles for loss and five sacks ... coached by Roger Haynes ... chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.
Tana Patrick is one of the top prospects at linebacker nationally out of North Jackson High School ... a U.S. Army All-American ... No. 67 in the Rivals100 and a member of the ESPNU150 ... finalist for the first high school Butkus Award ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 5 inside linebacker, the No. 5 run-stopper and the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama ... Scout.com lists him as the No. 7 strong-side linebacker ... a SuperPrep All-American, No. 12 linebacker and the magazine's No. 3 player in Alabama ... No. 70 nationally on Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... No. 5 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 28 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and the Birmingham News ... rated No. 3 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... two-time ASWA 4A Lineman of the Year (2007 and 2008) ... three-time ASWA 4A All-State ... the No. 1 player in the Huntsville Times Elite 11 ... led the team as a senior in 2008 with 140 tackles while recording three sacks and catching 19 passes on offense for 233 yards and four touchdowns ... had 72 tackles with two interceptions and two sacks as a junior while also catching 15 passes for 399 yards ... had 103 tackles with four sacks as a sophomore in 2006 ... coached by Shawn Peek ... chose Alabama over Southern California, Auburn, Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, LSU, Florida State, Michigan and Clemson.
Trent Richardson comes to the Capstone as one of the most highly sought after running back prospects in the country ... a rare combination of size, speed and elusiveness ... Parade All-American ... Under Armour All-American ... USA Today All-American ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... consensus five-star recruit ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall player in its Rivals100 while also listing him as the top player in the state of Florida and No. 2 running back in the country ... ESPNU lists him as the country's top-ranked running back and No. 6 in the ESPNU150 ... Scout.com has him as the nation's No. 2 running back and 13th overall player ... SuperPrep Magazine lists him at No. 25 on its Elite 50 list, as the No. 2 running back and the No. 5 recruit in Florida ... is a first-team All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and the publication's No. 19 overall player ... Rivals.com also lists him as the country's top insider runner, the No. 1 downhill runner and the No. 3 home run threat ... the No. 4 player in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... top-ranked player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel and named to the publications All-Southern team ... Florida Athletic Coaches Association 5A Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida's Mr. Football ... Florida Sports Writers Association First-Team 5A All-State selection as a senior after being selected to the second team as a junior ... rushed for 2,090 yards on 225 carries (9.3 ypc) and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2008 for Escambia, including a single-game record of 419 yards ... registered 1,490 on the ground with 15 touchdowns in just seven games as a junior ... ... timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters on the track ... brother Terrell Richardson plays defensive end at Louisiana-Lafayette. ... coached by Jimmy Nichols ... chose Alabama over Florida, LSU, Florida State, and Tennessee.
A highly regarded defensive lineman, Darrington Sentimore signs on with the Crimson Tide after an extremely productive high school career at Destrahan (La.) High School ... a four-star recruit ... a member of the Rivals250 ... rated as Rivals.com's No. 13 defensive tackle and the No. 7 player in Louisiana ... Scout.com lists him as the No. 23 defensive end while ESPNU has him as the No. 20 defensive tackle ... Rivals.com also ranks him as the fifth-strongest defensive tackle in the nation ... a SuperPrep All-American and the No. 41 defensive lineman (tackles and ends) according to the publication ... also rated as the eighth-best player in Louisiana by SuperPrep ... first-team All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... No. 79 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list ... recorded 120 tackles, 47 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a junior in 2007 ... notched 78 tackles and six sacks as a senior in 2008 ... coached by Steve Robicheaux ... chose Alabama over LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Miami (Fla.).
Petey Smith was a powerful presence at middle linebacker as a prep standout at Armwood High School ... an Under Armour All-American ... ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker by ESPNU and listed on the ESPNU150 ... Scout.com lists Smith as the No. 19 middle linebacker nationally while Rivals.com ranks Smith at No. 32 at his position ... Rivals.com also lists Smith as the No. 63 player in the state of Florida ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... a two-time All-State selection ... earned All-Hillsborough County and All-Suncoast first team honors ... Armwood High Schools' all-time leading tackler ... had 79 tackles as a senior for a defensive unit that pitched six shutouts and was considered one of the best in Florida ... had 72 tackles as a junior ... totaled 135 tackles as a sophomore in 2006 ... brother, Eric, is a freshman at Auburn ... coached by Sean Callahan ... chose Alabama over Tennessee, Illinois, Louisville and North Carolina.
A versatile athlete that did a little bit of everything in high school including playing on the offensive line, defensive line, snapping and kicking ... listed as the nation's No. 25 offensive guard by Scout.com ... ranks 26th at guard by Rivals.com where he is also rated as the 16th-best player in Rivals.com Postseason Mississippi Top 30 ... ESPNU lists Steen as the No. 39 defensive tackle prospect ... rated as the No. 29 prospect in Mississippi by SuperPrep Magazine ... member of the 2008 All-Press Register (Clarksdale) Football Team ... MVP lineman of the North AA Conference and a Mississippi Private School Association All-Star selection ... coached by Robert Daniels at Lee Academy ... chose the Crimson Tide over Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Southern Miss.
Ed Stinson is a four-star defensive end prospect out of South Florida ... a SuperPrep All-American ... the South Dade High School product is rated as the No. 15 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com and the No. 48 player in Florida ... ranked as the 39th-best defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com ... listed by ESPNU as the No. 23 defensive end in the 2009 recruiting class ... ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep Magazine and the No. 38 defensive lineman ... recorded 16 sacks as a junior in 2007 with 55 total tackles ... coached by Ivan Chicola ... chose Alabama over LSU, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Auburn.
Kellen Williams is a talented offensive line prospect from across the state line in Georgia ... ranked as the No. 24 offensive guard by Rivals.com and the No. 35 player in the state of Georgia ... listed by Scout.com as the No. 28 offensive tackle prospect in the country ... a first-team 5A Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State selection ... an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection ... played in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game ... No. 121 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list ... ranked No. 36 on SuperPrep's list of top player in Georgia ... coached by Mark Crews ... chose the Crimson Tide over Florida State, Arkansas, Boston College, Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt.
Rod Woodson brings a physical style of play in the secondary to Tuscaloosa ... a SuperPrep All-American that is listed as the magazine's No. 21 defensive back nationally and the No. 2 player out of the state of Mississippi ... a four-star recruit ... a Rival250 player and ranked as the No. 8 safety nationally and the No. 4 player in Mississippi by Rivals.com ... also rated as the hardest-hitting safety in the country by Rivals.com ... Scout.com lists Woodson as the nation's No. 14 safety ... ESPNU rates him as the No. 34 outside linebacker ... listed as the nation's No. 69 overall player in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... a first-team All-State selection by The Clarion-Ledger ... Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team ... Mississippi Association of Coaches 5A Defensive Player of the Year ... selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game ... named to the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen list ... the No. 62 player in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... recorded 95 tackles during his senior season with five sacks and three interceptions ... as a junior in 2007, he made 148 tackles with three interceptions ... reported to have a 41-inch vertical jump ... coached by Scott Samsel ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Michigan, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Florida State and Tennessee.
A January enrollee at the University of Alabama, James Carpenter fills an important need on the Crimson Tide's offensive line .... a four-star junior college recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com .... Rivals.com's No. 32 junior college prospect .... listed at No. 13 on SuperPrep Magazine's Juco 100 .... originally signed with Iowa State out of Heqhzibah High School .... spent two seasons at Coffeyville [Kan.] Community College where he was named to the first-team Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) All-League team .... coached by Darian Dulin at Coffeyville CC .... an all-area performer for John Bowen at Hephzibah [Ga.] High School .... chose the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma, Mississippi, Iowa State, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Oklahoma State.
Kerry Murphy enrolled at the University of Alabama in January of 2009 ... spent the 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy after originally signing with Alabama in the spring of 2007 ... received a four-star rating and listed as the No. 4 prep school player in the country according to Rivals.com ... a Parade All-American as a senior at Hoover in 2006 ... The 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 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 the 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 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 junior and senior seasons ... as a senior, had 77 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks ... added 77 tackles and recorded eight sacks as a junior while leading Hoover to its second straight Class 6A State Championship ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Miami and Louisville.
Jermaine Preyear enrolled at the University of Alabama in January of 2008 ... was listed as the No. 20 running back nationally and the No. 22 prospect on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com last season ... ranked as the No. 5 fullback by ESPN.com in 2008 ... listed as the No. 26 prospect in the state by SuperPrep Magazine a year ago ... rushed for 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2007 and 1,083 yards and 15 scores in his junior season ... played for head coach Fred Riley ... chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida.


Chance Warmack enrolled at the University of Alabama in January of 2009 and will have the opportunity to participate in spring drills with the Crimson Tide ... highly regarded offensive line prospect that graduated from Westlake High School in Atlanta in December of 2008 ... rated by Rivals.com as the No. 20 offensive guard prospect in the country and the No. 29 player in the state of Georgia ... ESPNU lists Warmack as the No. 16 offensive guard while Scout.com ranks him at No. 45 ... an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection ... rated as the No. 45 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine ... All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... averaged seven pancake blocks per game as a senior in 2008 ... coached by Greg Minnis ... chose Alabama over Arkansas, Rutgers, Auburn and South Carolina.