Cullman will face a true test this Friday night against # 7 ranked Russellville, last year's state runner-up.
As with most teams that make a run at a championship, there are several talented seniors dotting Cullman's roster. Justin Britt, a household recruiting name, along with Cody Green, Tyler Hearin, Joseph McPhillips and Zayne Smith are getting their fair share of college scouts on Friday nights.
Britt, 6'4", 250, is the younger brother of starting Alabama offensive tackle Wesley Britt and of defensive lineman Taylor Britt. Britt has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, Duke, Florida and Notre Dame. Britt is the most heralded of the Cullman players as a member of TheInsiders.com South Hot 100.
Cody Green, 6'6", 300, is one of the top offensive lineman in the state. Green currently has offers from Arkansas, UAB, and Southern Miss. Arkansas coach, Houston Nutt, flew to Cullman in the spring and liked what he saw in Green. Green is a player that has really come into his own at Cullman, and his offer list proves it.
Joseph McPhillips, 5'10", 165, P/K, is currently averaging 47 yards a punt. An added plus for McPhillips, his kick-offs go into the endzone. With this Cullman team scoring over 200 points, McPhillips has been getting plenty of practice kicking extra points and kick-offs. He did say, "A couple of my kicks have gone to the 5 yard line." That would mean all others into the ENDZONE! McPhillips finished 2nd overall at Auburn's kicking camp this summer.
From Left: Hearin, McPhillips, Smith, Britt, Green
Tyler Hearin, 6'2", 200, 4.56, tailback, had to miss his junior year due to a broken leg. He is trying to make up for that now. Hearin has over 400 yards rushing (4 games) and with Cullman pulling out the starters early each week, his numbers could be much higher, but his current numbers show that he has been dominant in his time on the field and shows no ill effects from last year's injury. He has fought back from a broken leg and is now beginning to get the attention of college recruiters. Hearin has received interest so far from Middle Tennessee State, Troy State, and Samford.
Zayne Smith, 6'2", 196, is the quarterback for this high scoring Cullman team. Smith was a wide receiver last year but was moved to quarterback this year to help lead these Bearcats to a state title. Smith has received calls from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Troy State and Samford. Smith is focused on helping his team win the 5A State Championship.
Senior leadership blended with talent can make for a very dangerous team, and Cullman will find out how far they have come this weekend against a hungry Russellville team.
# 3 Cullman will host # 7 Russellville this Friday.
Andrew Bone covers Alabama Recruiting for TheInsiders.com