New receiver prospect

With Alabama still searching for qualified, talented receivers, a new name has emerged as a Tide target.

Adrian Smith (6-1, 190) of Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia combines both size, speed and versatility.

Coosa High School Coach Scott Chandler confirmed to that the Tide was recruiting his athlete.

According to Chandler, Smith played both receiver and cornerback for Coosa this past season. "He had around six touchdowns and four interceptions," Chandler said. "But I'll have to double-check his exact statistics."

Smith was named first-team All-Rome following the season.

Smith claims a 4.5 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash. He attended at least one Bama game this past season on an unofficial visit.

Still limited by NCAA sanctions, finding qualified athletes to bring in this fall will be essential for Alabama. Smith reports a 2.7 GPA in his core courses. He took the SAT for the first time this past weekend and hasn't yet gotten his score.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 22 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

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