Eight Football Newcomers Enroll

Three high school graduates, three junior college transfers who had committed to sign Alabama football scholarships this year, and two stiudent-athletes who signed with Bama last February but agreed to wait until this year to enter The University full time are now enrolled and preparing to take part in off-season work and spring practice.



The latest high school graduates from December now enrolled at Alabama are linebacker Trey DePriest of Springfield, Ohio; quarterback Phillip Ely of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida; and linebacker Vinnie Sunseri, the son of Bama Outside Linebackers Coach Sal Sunseri, from Tuscaloosa Northridge.

Entering Alabama from junior college are defensive lineman Quinton Dial of East Mississippi Community College; and defensive lineman Jesse Williams and offensive lineman Aaron Douglas, both of Arizona Western Community College.

Last year Alabama signed wide receiver Ronald Carswell of Macon, Georgia, and defensive lineman Wilson Love of Mountain Brook. The two so-called grayshirts are now enrolled full time and will be first semester freshmen.

Classes for the spring semester at The Capstone began Wednesday. Spring practice is expected to begin March 21 with the A-Day Game April 16.

The group of new enrollees includes three defensive linemen, two linebackers, one wide receiver, one quarterback and one offensive lineman for the start of the spring semester.

DePriest, a five-star prospect and ranked as the number three overall prospect by Scout.com, is one of the top linebackers in the 2011 recruiting class. DePriest was the Ohio Division-I Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. He played in the Under Armour All-America Game and finished his senior season with 117 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

Ely, a three-star prospect, is ranked as the number 40 quarterback in the nation.. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. As a senior at Plant, Ely threw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 64.3 percent of his passes. As a junior, he led Plant to the Florida 5A State Championship while throwing for 1,860 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Sunseri, a three-star prospect, was one of the top defensive playmakers in the state of Alabama. He was selected as one of the biggest surprises at the Under Armour All-American Game. Sunseri was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year in North Carolina and the 2010 Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year in Alabama. Sunseri made 107 tackles as a junior at Marvin Ridge High School (Waxhaw, N.C.) and 114 stops for Northridge High School as a senior.

Alabama's three junior college signees were among the best in the nation. Williams, 6-4, 330-pound defensive lineman who hails from Brisbane, Australia, was a Scout.com four-star performer. He made 30 tackles in seven games with six tackles for loss (-29 yards) and two sacks (-12 yards).

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 earned a three-star rating from Scout.com.

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. He is ranked a four-star performer. Dial was a two-year defensive standout at the nose guard position, making 76 total stops in 2010 with 3.5 sacks.

Carswell, who played at Westside High School, was a 4A all-state selection. He caught 33 passes for 714 yards as a senior in 2009.

Love, the brother of Tide offensive lineman Tyler Love, recorded 12 sacks and 94 tackles as a senior in 2009.

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