RECRUITING: Alabama Top 35-Part I

Who are the top 35 prospects in Alabama? There is no absolute method of ranking prospects but our research has produced 35 prospects with early offers. Updated lists will follow as the recruiting season moves along but the following list is a good place to start the pre-season rankings of the top prospects in the state. The Top 35 list will be presented alphabetically and it will be broken down into three parts beginning with Part I:<p>

ATH Jason Allen (6-1/198/4.45) Muscle Shoals, AL- Allen is one of the most versatile athletes in the state of Alabama. He has scholarship offers from major college programs as a defensive back, running back, and wide receiver. Allen attended summer football camps at Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State, and Tennessee. As a junior, Allen rushed for 1,312 yards and 20 touchdowns on 219 carries. Defensively, he contributed 89 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumbles recovered, and two fumbles caused. Allen is a December graduate who has already set official visits to North Carolina State (11/30) and Louisiana State (12/7). Other programs under consideration are Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee.

QB Brandon Avalos (6-1.5/178/4.65) Hillcrest High School-Tuscaloosa, AL- Avalos is a dual-threat from his quarterback position. The latest offensive trends of four and five wide receiver sets have been met with increased defensive pressure on quarterbacks. Consequently, offensive coaches are now scouring the prep ranks for athletic passers with the ability to beat defenses with their arms or their legs. Avalos brings a combination of excellent running skills and solid passing ability to the table. As a junior, Avalos completed over 50 percent of his passes for 1,120 yards and eight touchdowns. He also torched opposing defenses for another 458 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Committed to Alabama.

WR Grant Brigham (6-0/170/4.48) Mountain Brook, AL- Brigham is known for his outstanding footwork, quickness, and speed. He also uses his exceptional vision to put additional pressure on defenses after he makes the catch. "Grant is a receiver with a running back's vision," said Mountain Brook High School Head Coach Joey Jones. "He can make a big play whenever he gets the ball in the open field." Brigham attended summer football camps at Alabama and Furman. Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Furman, Louisiana State, Southern Mississippi, UAB, and Vanderbilt have all extended scholarship offers to Brigham. Furman is a strong consideration for Brigham as his brother, Hindley, is a running back for the Paladins.

DE Christopher Browder (6-4/210/4.79) Wilcox-Central High School-Camden, AL- Browder is a fierce hitter with the ability to chase offensive plays down from the backside. He is also an excellent pass-rusher who arrives at the quarterback with bad intentions. Browder will likely grow into a defensive end at some point in his career. "Every college coach we spoke with expects Chris to be a 260-pounder someday," said Wilcox-Central High School Head Coach John Moton. "He'll have a good career at Alabama." As a junior, Browder recorded 109 tackles, 19 sacks, six fumbles caused, four fumbles recovered, and one interception. Committed to Alabama.

RB Dan Burks (6-0/196/4.55) Vestavia Hills, AL- Burks is a "throw-back" player who could have played the game of football in any era. Few high school running backs understand how to finish a run the way Burks does. He attended summer football camps at Alabama and Auburn. Burks is the son of former Auburn running back, Ken Burks. Southern Mississippi and UAB have extended scholarship offers to Burks. Versatility is a strong market value with the overall scholarship limitations in college football and Burks could project as a fullback, running back, safety, or even linebacker. Burks is also an excellent kickoff returner and he has the type of physical nature to be special teams demon.

DT Jeremy Clark (6-2.5/262/4.83) Daphne, AL- "Jeremy has unlimited ability," said Daphne High School Assistant Coach Keith Powell. "He has unbelievable feet and he has gotten stronger every year." Add quickness, size, and speed to the mix and it's easy to understand why Alabama, Louisiana State, Southern Mississippi, and Tennessee have already extended scholarship offers to Clark. As a junior, Clark accounted for 65 tackles, seven sacks, three fumbles recovered, and one fumble caused. On offense, Clark played offensive tackle in goal line situations and his efforts helped lead Daphne to a 14-1 record. Clark, who attended summer football camp at Alabama, also competes in basketball (power forward) and track (shot put, discus).

QB Brandon Cox (6-3/186/4.85) Hewitt-Trussville High School- Trussville, AL- Cox is a left-hander with the ability to find open receivers and deliver what coaches refer to as a "catchable ball." Additionally, his passing accuracy allows receivers to catch the football in stride and gain more yardage after the catch. As a junior, Cox completed 191 of 283 pass attempts for 2,530 yards and 23 touchdowns. Cox is also getting it done in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA and a score of 24 on the ACT. Cox attended summer football camp at Auburn. He has already received scholarship offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisiana State, North Carolina State, UAB, and Vanderbilt.

QB Chris Crumpton (6-1/180/4.83) Hartselle, AL- Crumpton has not received the amount of publicity of some of the other quarterback prospects in the state of Alabama but he has received three early scholarship offers from Division 1-A football programs. Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, and Southern Mississippi have all extended scholarship offers to Crumpton. He attended summer football camps at Alabama, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Southern Mississippi. Crumpton passed for 1,450 yards and ten touchdowns as a junior. He added 112 yards and six more scores on the ground. Crumpton maintains a 3.5 GPA and he scored a 25 on the ACT.

RB Kenneth Darby (5-10.5/188/4.54) Butler High School-Huntsville, AL- Darby runs the football with a low center of gravity and good speed. He is a well-rounded running back according to his head coach. "Kenneth is strong and quick," said Butler High School Head Coach Ron Danley. "He can do it all as a blocker, receiver, or runner." As a junior, Darby rushed for 1,651 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Darby tallied 86 tackles, five fumbles caused, three fumbles recovered, and one interception from his outside linebacker position. Opposing teams weren't allowed to take a breather from Darby on special teams either as he also accumulated 229 yards on returns. Committed to Alabama.

CB Ronnie Elliott (5-9.5/174/4.47) Lee High School-Huntsville, AL- Elliott is an athlete who is capable of projecting at more than one position on the college level but he should get his first look at cornerback. Last season, Elliott made significant contributions to his team on both sides of the football. On offense, Elliott passed for 935 yards and rushed for 605 yards. Elliott exploded for 302 rushing yards in one game. Defensively, he made 32 tackles and three interceptions. Elliott also competes in basketball and track. He won state championships in the 200-meters (22.20) and 400-meters (47.59). Duke, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina State, and UAB have all offered scholarships.

LB Juwan Garth (6-2.5/189/4.64) Austin High School-Decatur, AL- Garth projects as an outside linebacker on the college level. On film, Garth is a contact player who can run. Some college programs evaluated Garth as a big wide receiver but the Alabama staff recruited him to fill the role of an outside linebacker with additional coverage responsibilities. Brooks Daniels is the current starter at this hybrid position and Alabama fans will become much more familiar with the responsibilities of the position this fall. As a junior, Garth recorded 78 tackles, four fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, one interception, and one blocked punt. Offensively, he caught 13 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns. Committed to Alabama.

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