Top wideout likes Bama

Probably the most highly regarded wide receiver in the state, Nikita Stover will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend and still ranks Alabama at the top of his list.

"It's fair to say Alabama is my leader," Stover told in a recent interview.

Nikita Stover (6-2, 188) is a super wideout who falls into the category of Chad Jackson of a year ago. Most experts say he is arguably the states number one player, and his total production would make him a viable candidate for that honor.

As a junior the Hartselle native was named his region's Athlete of the Year after producing 26 catches for 723 yards and 10 touchdowns. That averages out to 27.8 yards per catch.

Stover also rushed the ball five times for 168 yards and two TDs. He only returned two kickoffs, but they went for 167 yards and one score. Altogether, he touched the ball 34 times on offense, garnering 1058 yards (31.1 average) and 13 touchdowns.

He averaged a touchdown every 2.6 touches, which is incredible. Stover will have a new coach who likes to put the ball in the air so his numbers will likely increase...

As will the double coverage.

Clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, Stover also spent some time on defense where he was credited with 43 tackles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions as a junior. He posted seven picks as a freshman and five interceptions as a sophomore.

Stover has a 39-inch vertical jump that obviously aids him as both a receiver and defensive back. "Speed and jumping, that's what I think I do best," Stover told Scott Kennedy of in an earlier interview. "I have soft hands too. I'm going to try and work on just getting faster this summer. I just want to try and improve on everything to be a better receiver."

The pride of Hartselle will be a four year starter in football, but Stover also excels in basketball and track. He is the reigning Class 5A state champion in the high jump with a leap of six feet, six inches, but 6-8 is his personal best.

Stover bench presses 260 pounds, squats 450 and power cleans 245. He carries a 2.3 GPA in the classroom and scored 17 on his first attempt at the ACT.

If it sounds like Stover is almost too good to be true athletically, his high school coaches only add to the idea, reporting that Stover works very hard to be the best. And he does it with a terrific attitude.

He has camped at Alabama before and plans to be on hand tomorrow for the Tide's mini-camp. No decision has been made, but Stover says he would consider making an early commitment.

Besides Alabama, Stover is looking at LSU, Michigan, South Carolina, Miami and Arkansas among others.

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