Alabama HS: Top juniors

The high school football season gives college coaches an opportunity to watch underclassmen perform on the field. Andrew Bone takes an early look at the top 2013 recruits in the state of Alabama who will have a heavy spotlight on them this fall. Their performance will go a long way in determining early offers. Several of the top athletes in this class have already announced their college choice.


Nate Andrews (Fairhope, wide receiver): Andrews has been a standout for two years at the Hoover National Select 7-on-7 tournament. He has speed, is physical and will climb the ladder to get the ball. He should have a great season for the Pirates.

Noah Armstrong (Lawrence County, TE/OL): Armstrong is ready to become a household name. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound prospect attended the South Showcase combine last spring and put on an impressive performance. His size and athleticism will garner a lot of attention.

Bradley Bozeman (Handley, OL): Bozeman is a physical beast and an aggressive run blocker. He will rank as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. He has already given a verbal pledge to the University of Alabama.

Jonathan Cook (Spanish Fort, CB): Cook started for the Class 5A state champs a year ago. He has excellent size and is physical. He is one of the leaders of the Toros' defense.

James Cox (Northridge, WR): Cox is an outstanding receiver who will have plenty of SEC offers to choose from next spring. Mississippi State offered this summer.

Rod Crayton (Dadeville, DT): Crayton is one of the strongest players in the state. He is physical and aggressive coming off the ball. He plays with a low center of gravity. Ole Miss has offered.

Austin Golson (Prattville, OL): Golson is an elite offensive tackle prospect who should make the National 100. He is already committed to Florida State.

Matthew Gray (Prattville, OL): Gray transferred from Prattville after his freshman year, but has returned to the No. 1 ranked team in the country. He is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state.

Erik Holliday (Jackson-Olin, CB): Holliday was a standout at the South Showcase combine last spring. He has good size, hips and speed. He should attract a lot of attention.

O.J. Howard (Autagua Academy, ATH): Howard is arguably the top athlete in the 2013 class. He can play on either side of the ball (6-5, 225). He was a standout at the Alabama and Auburn summer camps. Howard has committed to Alabama.

Jordan Huff (St. Paul's, RB): Huff has good size (5-11, 195-pounds) and speed. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards as a sophomore.

Jeremy Johnson (Carver-Montgomery, QB): Johnson enters his second year as the starting quarterback for Carver. Two-sport athlete who could play major college basketball. He has a football offer from Auburn.

Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, DL): Liner will rank as one of the top defensive linemen in the South. He has already committed to Auburn.

Jamie Major (Piedmont, LB): Major has been a top performer for Piedmont since his freshman year. He is definitely a player who should earn plenty of offers.

Josh Matthews (Decatur, RB): Matthews is short, stocky back who runs with a lot of power and is physical.

Earnest Robinson (Pinson Valley, WR): Robinson has a chance to rank as the top receiver in 2013. He has offers from the SEC schools. He has excellent size, hands and speed.

Cameron Toney (Huntsville, LB): Toney is attracting a lot of interest and should earn a lot of offers. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker is projected to have a great season.

A few notables who jumped on the recruiting map during last season: Beniquez Brown (Florence), Tyler Hayes (Thomasville), Darius Philon (Vigor), Ryan Anderson (Daphne).

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