Tide Signs Three Junior College Stars

When Alabama Coach Nick Saban met with media for his press briefing prior to the start of practice for the Capital One Bowl, he said that papers had been received from one junior college transfer, but not the other guys. Plural. On Friday, he had three junior college signees to announce. All three will enter The University in January and take part in spring practice.

Alabama is ranked second in the nation in Scout.com recruiting going into the 2011 signing season.

The quick start to the recruiting season begins with two players from Arizona Western Junior College – Aaron Douglas and Jesse Williams – and former Crimson Tide signee Quinton Dial from East Mississippi Community College.

Williams is the top-rated junior college player in the nation. He is a 6-4, 330-pound defensive lineman who hails from Brisbane, Australia. Williams anchored a defensive line that surrendered just 48.64 rushing yards per game to rank second in the NJCAA in 2010. He recorded 30 tackles in seven games with six tackles for loss (-29 yards) and two sacks (-12 yards). Williams also deflected two passes and recorded one interception. As a freshman, Williams made 46 tackles in 11 games with seven tackles for loss and four sacks.

Williams grew up playing rugby and basketball in Australia before taking up football at the age of 14. He quickly took to the game while attending Cavendish Road State High School and playing for the Bayside Ravens and Queensland Sun Devils. At Arizona Western, he was a two-time All-Region I selection and named to the All-Western States team.

Douglas, who was a freshman All-America at Tennessee in 2009, spent one season at Western Arizona in 2010, earning NJCAA All-America honors. He helped clear a path for his team to rank fifth nationally, averaging 243 rushing yards per game and fifth in total offense at 427.5 yards per game. He earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors and was a first-team All-Western States League selection.

As a freshman at Tennessee, he moved from tight end to tackle in fall camp and earned a starting spot by the fourth game of the season. He started nine games and was a Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC selection. His father, David, was an offensive lineman at Tennessee and went on to play in the NFL, while his mother, Karla, started three seasons for the Lady Vols basketball team and contributed to Pat Summitt's first national title team.

Dial originally signed with the Crimson Tide out of Clay-Chalkville High School in 2008 and has excelled during his time at East Mississippi Community College. Dial was a two-year defensive standout at the nose guard position for head coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College and member of back-to-back state playoff teams (11-1 in 2009 & 5-5 in 2010) at EMCC. He was named to the second-team NJCAA All-American in 2010 as well as earning NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-North Division honors this past season.

Dial ranked as the Lions' third-leading tackler in 2010 with 76 total stops (46 solos & 30 assists), including 3.5 sacks (-19 yards) and four tackles for loss (-6 yards). Out of high school, Dial was a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and the 6A ASWA Lineman of the Year.

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