Classes started Wednesday at Alabama. The eight enrollees, seven high school graduates and one junior college transfer, will be in the Fourth Quarter off-season conditioning program and then participate in spring football practice.
The January enrollees are quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif./Santiago), running back DeSherrius Flowers (Mobile/Vigor), safety Ronnie Harrison (Tallahassee, Fla./FSU University School), offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy (Wetumpka/Wetumpka), running back Bo Scarbrough (Northport/Tuscaloosa County), defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County/Georgia), safety Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) and offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta, Ga./Mays).
All eight of the Crimson Tide's January enrollees are highly regarded. Barnett is a five-star prospect, ranked as the number three quarterback in the nation. He will be in the mix as Bama begins work this spring to find a successor to Blake Sims at quarterback.
Scarbrough was a five-star running back when he signed with Alabama last year. He did not enter The University in the fall and thus will be a true freshman in the fall.
Four-star early enrollees are Flowrs, Harrison, Thompson, and Warmack (younger brother of former Tide All-America offensive lineman Chance Warmack), while Taylor is a three-star coming out of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College.
Thompson is ranked the nation’s number two safety.
There is some scrutinuy of Taylor. He was formerly at Georgia, where he was dismissed from the team after an allegation of sexual battery. Late in the season, Alabama Coach Nick Saban – in answer to a question about Bama defensive end D.J. Pettway returning to the Tide after being dismissed and attending junior college – made a passionate statement regarding giving second chances. Taylor recorded 44 tackles with 11 tackles for loss and 4 ½ sacks in 2014.
There had been hope that five-star wide receiver Calvin Ridley of Coconut Creek, Fla., might be among the early enrollees. It is still possible with final spring semester enrollment in about a week.
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