Here's How I Keep Up With Recruiting
First of all, I want to know if they are really Alabama prospects. Fortunately, John Garcia, Jr., who handles recruiting for Scout.com in the state of Alabama and is heavily involved in all prospects connected with the Crimson Tide, does an outstanding job. Thanks to John, I know which prospects are committed to Alabama and which are being pursued by Bama.
I also want to know a few other things about, say, J.C. Hassenauer.
Since the early enrollees are already enrolled, I want them separated from the prospects who, theoretically, are less committed because they haven't signed anything.
I want to know their approximate heights and weights. We still depend on the honor system by the prospects for some of that, although we get most of them in camps and can get a true height, weight, and 40-time on most of them. The only other area in which prospects have been known to fudge is in the academics area, reporting their grade point average and standardized test scores. Where is he from?
I want to know how they are rated (star system) and ranked (third best right tackle, etc.).
The February 5 Signing Day is getting closer and closer, so I have poured through the Scout.com tables produced by John and come up with my own little sheet to keep up these last few weeks. And I share it with you.
EARLY ENROLLEES TO ALABAMA
Tony Brown, 6-1, 185, CB, Beaumont, Texas (Ozen) Scout.com 5-star Rating, No. 2 Ranked cornerback in nation
David Cornwell, 6-5, 215, QB, Norman, Okla. (Norman North) 4-star, No. 7
Shaun Dion Hamilton, 6-1, 222, MLB, Montgomery (Carver) 3-star, No. 22
Laurence "Hootie" Jones, 6-2, 210, S, Monroe, La. (Neville) 4-star, No. 6
D.J. Pettway, 6-3, 255, DE, Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) 4-star (Scout.com does not rank JC players)
Jarran Reed, 6-4, 325, DT, Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) 4-star
Cameron Robinson, 6-5, 330, OT, West Monroe, La. 5-star, No. 1
Cameron Sims, 6-4, 195, WR, Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish) 4-star, No. 17
FIRM COMMITMENTS TO ALABAMA
Joshua Casher, 6-1, 280, C, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul's Episcopal) 3-star, No. 4
Ronnie Clark, 6-3, 206, S, Calera) 4-star, No. 9 OLB
Johnny Dwight, 6-3, 295, DT, Rochelle, Ga. (Wilcox County) 4-star, No. 25
Da'Shawn Hand, 6-4, 260, 4.65, DE, Woodbridge, Va. 5-star, No. 3
J.C. Hassenauer, 6-3, 290, C, Woodbury, Minn. (East Ridge) 4-star, No. 1
Keith Holcombe, 6-3, 213, OLB, Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest) 4-star, No. 25
Dominick Jackson, 6-7, 315, OT, San Mateo, Calif. (College of San Mateo) 5-star
Derek Kief, 6-5, 195, WR, Cincinnati, Ohio (La Salle) 4-star, No. 41
Montel McBride, 6-4, 305, OG, Plant City, Fla. 3-star, No. 27
Christian Miller, 6-3, 215, OLB, Columbia, S.C. (Spring Valley) 4-star, No. 5
Ross Pierschbacker, 6-5, 270, OG, Cedar Falls, Iowa 4-star, No. 4
J.K. Scott, 6-5, 185, P, Denver, Colo. (Mullen) 3-star, NR
O.J. Smith, 6-2, 320, DT, Bossier City, La. (Airline) 3-star, No. 33
Chris Williams, 6-2, 175, S, Kingsland, Ga. (Camden County) 3-star, No. 43
SOFT COMMITMENTS TO ALABAMA*
Josh Frazier, 6-3, 330, DT, Springdale, Ark. (Har-Ber) 4-star, No. 7
Bo Scarborough, 6-2, 234, RB, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) 5-star, No. 7
*A soft commitment is a player making a commitment to Alabama, but then taking an official visit to another school
REMAINING TARGETS FOR ALABAMA
Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 225, DE, Norcross, Ga., 5-star, No. 5
Malachi Dupre, 6-3, 195, WR, River Ridge, La. (John Curtis Christian) 5-star, No. 2
Matt Elam, 6-6, 340, DT, Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) 4-star, No. 11
Rashaan Evans, 6-3, 215, OLB, Auburn 5-star, No. 1
Nick Glass, 6-4, 200, OLB, Suwanee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge), 3-star, No. 67
Marlon Humphrey, 6-0, 174, CB, Hoover 5-star, No. 4
Vincent Jackson, 6-2, 240, LB, Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit) 3-star, No. 68
Damien Mama, 6-5, 340, OT, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco) 5-star, No. 2
Michiah Quick, 5-11, 170, WR, Fresno, Calif. (Central East) 4-star, No. 6
Elisha Shaw, 6-4, 293, DT, Tucker, Ga. 4-star, No. 18
Jordan Sims, 6-4, 347, OG, Homewood 3-star, No. 30
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