A Look At Bama’s Football Signees

Over the years there has been the suggestion that when it comes to football recruiting and getting the numbers to match up that Alabama Coach Nick Saban uses a different kind of math than the rest of us. So it was no surprise that he announced 16 signees Wednesday. Of course, eight newcomers are already enrolled at The University.

As had been anticipated, Alabama once again adds a group that is highly ranked, and includes many individuals who have receiving top honors.

Here is a look at the Alabama football recruiting class of 2015.

Eight players – including running back Bo Scarbrough, who was originally scheduled to be a part of the 2015 class and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who started his career at Georgia and transferred to Bama from Copiah-Lincoln Community College – are enrolled and will participate in spring practice. The others are quarterback Blake Barnett, running back DeSherrius Flowers, safety Ronnie Harrison, offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, safety Deionte Thompson, and offensive lineman Dallas Warmack.

The Crimson Tide had eight players enroll in the spring of 2014, seven in 2013, seven in 2012, nine in 2011, 11 in 2010, and four in 2009.

The new additions come from 12 states -- Alabama (7), Georgia (4), Florida (3), Texas (2), California (1), Maryland (1), Mississippi (1), Kentucky (1), Missouri (1), Tennessee (1), New Jersey (1) and Louisiana (1).

By listed position, the Crimson Tide adds to its roster five offensive linemen, three running backs, three safeties, three inside linebackers, two defensive lineman, two cornerbacks, two wide receivers, two outside linebackers and one tight end.

The group includes three members of the Parade All-America team: Lester Cotton, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Richie Petitbon.

Sixteen participated in the Under Armour All-America Game: Kendall Sheffield, Blake Barnett, Calvin Ridley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damien Harris, Daron Payne, Adonis Thomas, Daylon Charlot, Deionte Thompson, Brandon Kennedy, Lester Cotton, Hale Hentges, Shawn Burgess-Becker, Richie Petitbon, Joshua McMillon, Bo Scarbrough

Three participated in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game: Mekhi Brown, DeSherrius Flowers, Dallas Warmack

Three are members of the USA Today’s 2014 All-USA High School Football Team: Damien Harris (1st), Kendall Sheffield (1st), Minkah Fitzpatrick (2nd)

Seventeen are in the Scout300 – Kendall Sheffield, Daron Payne, Calvin Ridley, Blake Barnett, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damien Harris, Deionte Thompson, Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon, Hale Hentges, Anfernee Jennings, Mekhi Brown, Shawn Burgess-Becker, Daylon Charlot, DeSherrius Flowers, Ronnie Harrison, Adonis Thomas

Here are the biographical sketches of each new Alabama player:

Keaton Anderson

OLB, 6-1, 215, Florence, Ala./Florence

A linebacker prospect from North Alabama … a three-star prospect who could play a variety of roles in the Crimson Tide defense … first team 2014 6A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … finalist for the ASWA 6A Lineman of the Year … made 171 tackles as a senior with 14 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and one interception … the No. 15 inside linebacker nationally by Scout.com … helped guide Florence and Coach Jason Wallace to the state semifinals … recorded 191 tackles as a weakside linebacker in 2013 … chose Alabama over Tennessee, LSU, and Miami.

Blake Barnett

QB, 6-5, 200, Corona, Calif./Santiago

Arrived at The Capstone in January in time for spring practice and a head start on learning the Alabama offense … a consensus five-star prospect who was the MVP of the 2014 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition and participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … led his team to victory in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … ranked third by Scout.com among the nation’s pocket passers … ranked 30th in the Scout.com 300 … threw for a career-high 3,404 yards in 11 games for Coach Jeff Steinberg at Santiago High School in 2014 … recorded 23 touchdown passes while rushing for 479 yards and seven scores … passed for 2,332 yards in 10 games as a junior at Santiago High School with 22 touchdown passes and 695 yards rushing (7.6 yards per carry) and 13 scores … saw action in four games as a sophomore in 2012 with 185 yards passing and two touchdowns while rushing for 67 yards and a score … chose Alabama over Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Arizona.

Mekhi Brown

OLB, 6-5, 225, Columbus, Ga. /Carver

A pass-rushing specialist who was one of the Crimson Tide’s earliest commitments to the 2015 signing class … a four-star prospect … selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ranked the 15th best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com … racked up 56 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a junior in 2013 to go along with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … played for Coach Joseph Kegler at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., where he was a three-time all-state selection … earned first-team in 2013 and 2014 with honorable mention in 2012 … chose Alabama over Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford, Auburn, and Louisville.

Shawn Burgess-Becker

S, 6-1, 195, Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch

A consensus four-star safety out of Monarch High School where he teamed with fellow Crimson Tide signee wide receiver Calvin Ridley … selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game … Scout.com ranked him as the No. 13 safety and No. 177 in the Scout300 … first team all-state in 2013 and 2014 … No. 16 in the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 … recorded 72 tackles and five interceptions as a junior in 2013 while accounting for 20 receptions for 518 yards and five scores as a receiver … had 63 tackles and five picks as a sophomore … coached by Calvin Davis at Monarch High School … chose Alabama over Miami, Florida State, Florida, LSU, and Notre Dame.

Daylon Charlot

WR, 6-0, 190, Patterson, La./Patterson

A top-rated wide receiver nationally who arrives at Alabama as a four-star recruit … selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game … No. 183 in the Scout300 and the site’s No. 23 wide receiver … earned 2014 3A all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after catching 30 passes for 711 yards and 14 touchdowns … also a 2013 LSWA all-state choice after catching 48 passes for 1,055 yards and 16 touchdowns … played for Coach Chad Blanchard at Patterson High School … chose Alabama over LSU while also considering Miami, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.

Lester Cotton

OL, 6-4, 320, Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central

One of the top players in the state of Alabama and an elite offensive line prospect nationally … named to the 2015 Parade All-America team … played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … … Scout.com rates Cotton as the third-best offensive guard and the No. 66 player in the Scout300 and a four-star … first team 5A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and the ASWA 5A Lineman of the Year … participated in the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … played for Coach Dennis Conner at Tuscaloosa Central High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Southern California, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.

Minkah Fitzpatrick

CB, 6-1, 195, Old Bridge, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep

One of the top cornerbacks in the 2015 recruiting class … named to the 2015 Parade All-America team … selected to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … a five-star prospect by Scout.com … 2014 second team All-USA selection by USA Today … No. 36 in the Scout300 and the outlet’s No. 6 cornerback while ranking as the No. 1 corner in the East region … had 60 tackles and three interceptions as a senior in 2014 … accounted for 62 tackles with four picks and 21 pass breakups as a junior in 2013 while earning first team all-state … was No. 1 player in the 2013 NJ.com Top 50 … had two interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a sophomore … played for Coach Rich Hansen at St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) … chose Alabama over Florida State, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Boston College.

DeSherrius Flowers

RB, 6-1, 210, Mobile, Ala./Vigor

A a January 2015 early enrollee … played in the 2015 U.S. Army All-America Bowl … No. 205 in the Scout.com 300 and the No. 28 running back and a four-star … rushed for 1,099 yards as a junior in 2013 on 136 carries while adding two receptions for 31 yards and had seven touchdowns … ran for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 … coached by Ashley Johnson at Vigor High School … chose Alabama over Auburn.

Damien Harris

RB, 5-11, 205, Berea, Ky./Madison Southern

Participated in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s “The Opening” in 2013 and 2014 … 2014 All-USA first team by USA Today … 2013 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year … 2014 The Courier-Journal’s All-State selection … the unanimous No. 1 player the state of Kentucky … ranked the nation’s number five running back by Scout.com, which rates him a four-star … a knee injury limited Harris to 1,474 yards and 23 touchdowns in seven games during the 2014 season … rushed for 2,621 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 … finished his high school career with the second-most touchdowns in state history (122; rushing 113) and the 11th-most rushing yards (6,748) … coached by Jon Clark at Madison Southern in Berea, Ky. … chose Alabama over Ohio State and Kentucky.

Ronnie Harrison

S, 6-3, 205, Tallahassee, Fla./FSU University School

A four-star safety prospect who enrolled early to get a head start in 2015 spring practice … a two-way player who also played quarterback for Florida State University School … No. 248 in the Scout.com 300 and the No. 19 safety nationally … had 39 tackles with five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior in 2014 … threw for 2,076 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 1,015 yards and 16 scores … threw for 1,782 yards as a junior in 2013 with 10 touchdowns and 916 yards rushing and 18 scores … had one interception as a junior on defense and four as a sophomore … finished with 14 pass breakups during his career … played for Coach Jarrod Hickman at Florida State University School … chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas, Kentucky, and Louisville.

Hale Hentges

TE, 6-5, 230, Jefferson City, Mo./Helias

One of the top tight ends in the 2015 recruiting cycle … physical at the point of attack with excellent pass-catching abilities … selected to participate in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game … No. 98 in the Scout300 and the site’s No. 3 tight end prospect and a four-star … produced astounding numbers during his high school career at Helias High School for Coach Phil Pitts with 169 career receptions for 2,559 yards and 34 touchdowns at tight end … caught 52 passes as a senior for 969 yards and 11 scores … had 15 touchdown catches for 940 yards on 61 receptions as a junior in 2013 … hauled in 43 balls for 500 yards and seven scores as a sophomore and had 13 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown as a freshman … a three-time all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, earning first-team in 2013 and 2014 at tight end and second-team in 2012 as a defensive end … chose Alabama over Missouri, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, and Florida.

Anfernee Jennings

OLB, 6-3, 255, Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville

One of the top defensive line prospects in the nation … played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game … starred at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … No. 154 of the Scout300 and the site’s No. 14 defensive end and a four-star … recorded 170 tackles as a senior in 2014 with 88 solo stops, 14 sacks, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles … had 171 tackles as a junior in 2013 with seven sacks while making 96 tackles as a sophomore with seven more sacks … finished with 29 sacks in his high school career … r first team 4A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … finalist for the 4A ASWA Lineman of the Year .. played for Coach Richard White at Dadeville High School … chose Alabama over Arkansas, Arizona State, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Nebraska.

Brandon Kennedy

OL, 6-3, 295, Wetumpka, Ala./Wetumpka

A four-star offensive line prospect who enrolled in January of 2015 to participate in spring practice … selected to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 37 offensive guard … 2014 6A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … participated in the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … played for Coach Tim Perry at Wetumpka High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee.

Joshua McMillon

ILB, 6-3, 240, Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven

A key target at inside linebacker in the 2015 recruiting cycle … played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and was invited to the 2014 “The Opening” on the Nike campus in Oregon … No. 13 inside linebacker according to Scout.com and a four-star … 2013 and 2014 first team 6A all-state selection by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … Linebacker MVP of the Birmingham Nike Football Training Camp … played for Coach Rodney Saulsberry at Whitehaven High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Daron Payne

DL, 6-3, 325, Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley

An elite prospect along the interior of the defensive line … 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection … invited to Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … five-star prospect by Scout.com … ranked No. 14 in the final Scout300 and listed as the outlet’s No. 4 defensive tackle, No. 2 tackle the South region and No. 1 player in Alabama … honorable mention Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State team … participated in the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … coached by William Smith at Shades Valley High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, and Georgia.

Richie Petitbon

OL, 6-4, 305, Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga

Brings an NFL pedigree to The Capstone as the grandson of four-time NFL Pro Bowl safety of the same name … named to the 2015 Parade All-America team … one of the top offensive lineman in the 2015 recruiting class … Scout.com four-star prospect … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nikes’ 2014 “The Opening” … the consensus No. 1 player in the District of Columbia … ranked 67th in the Scout300 and the site’s No. 4 offensive guard … played for Coach David Mckenna at Gonzaga Prep … his father, Richie, played collegiately at Maryland … chose Alabama over Florida State, Iowa, Boston College, and Kentucky.

Calvin Ridley

WR, 6-1, 185, Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch

The No. 4 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com and a five-star … participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike’s “The Opening” where he captured MVP honors … Scout.com rated him No. 29 in the Scout300 and the No. 2 wide receiver in the Southeast … able to play only three games during his senior season due to age restrictions … hauled in 18 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns in those three games in 2014 … caught 41 passes for 1,131 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 … coached by Calvin Davis at Monarch High School where he was a second team 2013 all-state … chose Alabama over Miami, Florida State, and Ohio State.

Bo Scarbrough

RB, 6-2, 235, Northport, Ala./Tuscaloosa County

One of the nation’s elite running backs and athletes … a member of the 2014 recruiting class who enrolled at The University of Alabama in January of 2015 … a 2014 Under Armour All-America Game selection … a five-star prospect by Scout.com in 2013 … transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year … No. 25 in the Scout300 and the No. 5 player in Florida while ranking as the No. 7 running back in the nation in 2013 … played at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa as a sophomore and junior … rushed for 938 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore … played for former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in 2013 where he rushed for 1,468 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games … chose Alabama over Miami, Florida State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, and Arkansas.

Kendall Sheffield

CB, 6-0, 185, Missouri City, Texas/Fort Bend Marshall

A Scout.com five-star prospect and the No. 2 cornerback prospect in the nation and the overall No. 9 player in the nation … played in the Under Armour All-America Game and participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … 2014 All-USA first team by USA Today … also an elite track and field athlete, winning the 2014 Texas 4A Boys 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles championships … recorded over 43 tackles with seven pass breakups, two interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, two force fumbles, three blocked kicks, and three fumble recoveries in 2014 … three interceptions and 39 tackles as a junior in 2014 while adding five pass breakups … 2014 Associated Press first team Texas 5A All-State selection … played for James Williams at Fort Bend Marshall High School … chose Alabama over Texas A&M, Ohio State, Southern California, and Florida State.

Jonathan Taylor

DL, 6-4, 335, Millen, Ga./Jenkins County/Georgia/Copiah-Lincoln CC Joined the Crimson Tide in January of 2015 as an early enrollee out of Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College … a three-star prospect by Scout.com who was ranked No. 47 on its JUCO Top … registered 40 tackles with 11 tackles for loss (-46 yards) with 4.5 sacks (-32 yards) and a pass breakup during his one season with Coach Glenn Davis at CLCC … spent two seasons at Georgia … redshirted in 2012 and then played in 10 games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2013, accounting for nine tackles with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss … played for Coach Chuck Conley at Jenkins County High School where he was a Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 9 tackle, No. 76 overall prospect nationally and No. 4 player in the state ... played in Under Armour All-American Game ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2011 Georgia's Super 11 and Class A All-State honorable mention.

Adonis Thomas

ILB, 6-3, 225, Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett

Arrives at The Capstone as one of the top athletes in the 2015 recruiting class … projected to be an outside linebacker for the Crimson Tide … a four-star prospect … selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … rated No. 276 in the Scout300 and the No. 23 outside linebacker … recorded an impressive 124 tackles as a senior in 2014 with 11 tackles for loss and five sacks while earning first team all-state honors from both the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … made 56 tackles with seven TFLs and three sacks as a junior while also catching 10 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns … played for Coach Todd Wofford at Central Gwinnett High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

Deionte Thompson

S, 6-2, 180, Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark

Arrived at Alabama in January of 2015 as one of the top safety prospects in the nation … participated in the Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s “The Opening” … listed as the No. 59 player in the Scout.com 300 and the nation’s No. 4 safety and four-star … two-way impact player at West Orange-Stark High School for Coach Cornel Thompson … recorded five interceptions with 120 return yards and two touchdowns … at receiver caught 37 passes for 692 yards and four more scores … honorable mention all-state as a junior … finished with 15 career interceptions … chose Alabama over Florida State, LSU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC.

Dallas Warmack

OL, 6-2, 305, Atlanta, Ga./Mays

Follows in the footsteps of his brother, first team All-America and first-round draft pick Chance, at The Capstone … an early enrollee in January of 2015 who will have the opportunity to participate in spring practice with the Crimson Tide … played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … Scout.com ranks him as the No. 19 guard nationally and the second-best player at his position in Georgia and a four-star … … played for Coach Corey Jarvis at Mays High School where he was a 2013 and 2014 first team Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State selection … chose Alabama over Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Matt Womack

OL, 6-7, 320, Hernando, Miss./Magnolia Heights

A highly regarded offensive tackle prospect … possesses size and frame for the position … a three-star prospect … Scout.com rated him as the No. 37 offensive tackle and the second best tackle in the state of Mississippi … No. 5 in The Clarion-Ledger Targeted 22 and a member of the newspaper’s Dandy Dozen … selected as a 2013 and 2014 all-state … played for Coach Jim Patterson at Magnolia Heights … chose Alabama over LSU, Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.


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