"They feel like family."

LaMichael Fanning has moved several times during his high school days, but he found a home in Tuscaloosa for his college career. "He has an unbelievable amount of athleticism. It's probably the most athleticism I have seen in 20 years of coaching."

LaMichael Fanning
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 25 Defensive End
Size: 6-foot-7, 285-pounds
Hometown: Harris County High School Hamilton, Ga.
Projected Position: Defensive End

Commit Date: 4/17/2010
Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee

Why Alabama: "Alabama recruited all the way back when I was a sophomore. They were in it from the very beginning. They feel like family. The coaches at Alabama made me feel so close to them that I can see myself playing for them. Alabama had everything I was looking for in a program. I like their coaches, players and the facilities. I like being around everyone. They are real cool."

Strengths/Improvements: "I am really just trying to work on my speed."

Coach Quotes (Harris County Head Coach Tommy Parks): "He transferred to us from the other high school, and he was here in his senior year. He's just an outstanding football player, and we've been working with him to get his academics together.

"He's a big kid, very athletic to be as big as he is (strengths). Footwork and getting his motor running a little bit, but mainly his footwork (as improving).

"I think they [Alabama] were there early on recruiting him from day one. With them being there first and as often as they were they recruited him. Just keeping up and taking interest in him, and with him going to their camps. That probably just sparked an interest in him for Alabama."

Fanning spent a year at Auburn High School prior to transferring to Harris County.

"LaMichael's come a long way," said Auburn head coach Tim Carter after his junior year. "He's getting some in-depth coaching with Don Dunn, who has 14 years of experience coaching in the SEC. He came in raw from Callaway, but with lots of ability. He's made tremendous improvements in his game.

"He came to us in late-August of 2009 and was a welcome arrival. In our 8-man front we rotate a lot, and he was a big part of the rotation in helping us go 13-1. LaMichael has excellent size and speed. We use him a lot on the end, but he can play inside and out.

"He's a light-hearted, gentle giant. Happy-go-lucky, loves to joke around, just a lot of fun to be around. In the classroom he continues to make improvement with work to do. He's focused on that, and knows well the consequences of not qualifying academically.

"He has an unbelievable amount of athleticism. It's probably the most athleticism I have seen in 20 years of coaching. He has to become more consistent. He needs to grow as a

Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

Scout.com says: Fanning is one of the most impressive prospects on the hoof that you will see in 2011. He has great size with good feet and outstanding athleticism, but he just has to put it all together on the field. He needs to continue to build up his strength, play with more toughness, and improve his technique. He could end up on the defensive or offensive line on the next level. His ceiling is high because of size and athleticism.
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