Tide chasing some talented DBs

In today's wide-open offensive attacks, the most important players on the defense may have become the defensive backs. Alabama currently has a talented group of athletes at the position, but several more will need to be added with this year's class.

Defensive Backs, expected to sign: 3

Simeon Castille gets measured on the vertical jump at the Alabama mini-camp.

True cover corners and hard hitting safeties are at a premium in the South and coaches feel they never have enough to blanket the field.

Next season fourth-year players Charlie Peprah, Roman Harper and Anthony Madison will be returning starters, with Ramzee Robinson pushing hard for a starting job. Thurman Ward, Carlos Andrews and Chris James, who will all be seniors next year, have also been playing well. In reserve, the 2004 Tide secondary will sport young speedsters D. J. Chambers, Eric Johnson and Eric Gray.

But three seniors, David Scott, Roberto McBride and Charles Jones, will graduate and must be replaced.

We believe a minimum of three scholarships will be allotted to defensive backs (and possibly four).

Here is a look at the principal candidates:

Marcus Carter

Trying to make sense of a fuzzy September radar screen, we fearlessly/foolishly predict:

MARCUS CARTER,
SIMEON CASTILLE,
TRAVIS ROBINSON,
and AARON McDANIEL.

Yes, we know that makes four players. But our guess right now is that McDaniel will be a sign and place.

We also know that Carter is currently committed to Auburn, but that battle isn't over just yet.

Aaron McDaniel

Kindred and King could easily become key players in this mix by season's end.

PLEASE NOTE: In these segments we will attempt to examine this year's Tide recruiting picture position-by-position. But please keep in mind that this is only an assessment of players that our research indicates are being pursued by Alabama or that we believe will enter the picture before next February's Signing Day.

This is not presented as a photo copy of anyone's recruiting board. There undoubtedly will be names left off our lists and athletes added later.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.


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