Jonathan Atchison – three-star
Ryan Anderson – four-star
Brent Calloway – four-star
Trey DePriest – five-star
Xzavier Dickson – four-star
Adrian Hubbard – four-star
Nico Johnson – five-star
Dillon Lee – four-star
C.J. Mosley – four-star
Tana Patrick – four-star
With new faces in this year's starting linebacker lineup, it's hard to gauge how Alabama has lived up to its star ratings at this position.
The Crimson Tide has veterans Nico Johnson (five-star by Scout.com) and C.J. Mosely (four-star), but they both play on the weak side.
Adrian Hubbard, a 6-foot-6, 248-pound sophomore, led the team with seven tackles and three sacks in the spring game. A rising star likely to replace Upshaw, Hubbard was awarded the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award at the end of 2011 spring drills. He was a defensive end in high school and could be used as a "Jack" linebacker in Alabama's 3-4 defense, as that spot is most similar to defensive end.
Hubbard's athleticism would allow him to play any linebacker position though. Some feel he could start on the strong side, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Bama also has Xzavier Dickson, but he only saw action in two games last season, and then Trey DePriest, who played as a true freshman last year and could take over for Hightower in the middle.
For passing downs, the Tide has Jonathan Atchison and true freshman early enrollees Dillon Lee and Ryan Anderson.
But again, with the lack of game time these players have seen, it's hard to evaluate how they've lived up to their Scout star rating. However, the ones that have played have certainly lived up to their reputation. As for the ones who haven't or have played very little, it's just hard to say at this time.
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