#25 Aaron McDaniel
6-1, 170, 4.50 wide receiver/defensive back from Fort Payne High School in Fort Payne, Alabama
McDaniel began his senior year at receiver but had to move back to quarterback midway through the year. He led his team to the playoffs and showed his all around ability in huge contests. He is projected to be a wide receiver in college because he is so good in space and a great leaper. He also is being courted for free safety and he posted 35 tackles as a junior. As a junior he finished second in the state high jump in class 5A to Nikita Stover.
He doubles as a basketball standout but his future is on the gridiron. McDaniel hasn't been in the weight room much due to the injuries and he still must qualify, but sources in Fort Payne are optimistic that he'll make it.
#26 Nick Walker
6-6, 235, 4.83 tight end from Pike County High School in Brundidge, Alabama
An All County and All State selection at tight end who had a banner year as both a receiver and blocker, Walker had the luxury of playing with one of the state's best quarterbacks (Chris Nickson). Walker has the ability to get open on fade routes, seam routes, and stop patterns. He is also a good blocker but he could use some improvement in that area. Walker's upside is incredible and he will likely develop into a college success story.
His senior year, he had nearly 1000 yards receiving and 13 TDs entering the fourth round of the state playoffs. He benches 245, squats 405, and power cleans 250. He has a 3.2 GPA and should become a full qualifier.
Walker committed to Alabama over Auburn, Florida, and Florida State.
#27 Immanuel Perry
6-4, 325, 5.10 defensive tackle from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama
Perry is a phenom in size and speed, but the fact that his first year of football was his junior year makes him a headline. Conditioning could be a problem, but his motor runs all the time. Perry has a remarkable 29" vertical jump. He claims a 2.5 GPA and qualifying will be a wait and see case.
#28 Drew Davis
6-7, 285, 5.50 offensive tackle from Sparta Academy in Evergreen, Alabama
This is a super looking prospect physically who must show that he is fully capable of competing against players from bigger classifications. He is truly dominating in AISA football and he knows how to defeat his man technique wise. Davis also started on the defensive line. His senior year he was selected to participate in the AISA All Star game in Selma, Alabama. He has shown the toughness and footwork that has improved his ratings in the South. He was benching 250 at the start of his senior year, but he has worked hard and increased that max. He has 2.8 GPA and scored 18 on the ACT.
Davis has offers from Alabama (his leader), Mississippi State, Louisville, Southern Miss, MTSU, and Troy. Davis has said that the Tide coaches have asked him to consider possibly delaying entry into college until January of 2005.
#29 Aaron Johns
5-10, 182, 4.50 runningback/slotback from Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Alabama
Originally recruited by former Tide coach Mike Price as a slotback receiver, Johns had a stellar senior season at tailback. He has also been honored by being selected All Region at cornerback. His senior year he rushed 183 times for 2050 yards and 33 Tds, while catching passes for 224 yards. He had a total of 37 touchdowns his senior year.
Johns says he is a C-Student who made 15 on the ACT in his first try. Qualifying could be a concern.
Johns committed to Alabama over Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Southern Miss.
#30 Kris Guyton
6-3, 210, 4.58 linebacker/defensive end from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
An elite sleeper who has become better known in recruiting circles his senior year. He helped lead his team defensively to the third round of the state playoffs his senior year by being the full speed example for his teammates. He was credited with over 160 tackles as a senior with 6 tackles for loss, 1 caused fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Guyton plenty room to grow.
Guyton has a 32" vertical jump, a 3.25 GPA, and an 18 ACT.
#31 Tony Dixon
5-10, 185, 4.45 runningback from Parrish High School in Jasper, Alabama
Dixon entered his senior year with over 6000 yards rushing. He is a big play man in class 1A who could start for every class 6A school in the state. He has legitimate speed, he is tough, and he doesn't shy away from contact on offense or on defense. He plays cornerback on defense and he has surprised many onlookers with his ability to come up and lay some vicious hits on the ball carrier.
Dixon has verbally committed to Kentucky, though there has been some recent talk that the in-state schools might give him another look.
#32 Chris Nickson
6-1, 198, 4.85 quarterback from Pike County High School in Brundidge, Alabama
Perhaps the state's top quarterback prospect leading into his senior year, Nickson was named "Mr. Football" for Alabama after leading Pike County to the state title. He is a roll out style passer who has the tendency to take off and surprise the defense for crucial first downs. Nickson is also noted as an excellent passer. He is an exciting player who will mix it up (run and pass) and keep the defense off balance.
Nickson led his team to the state championship as a senior and showed incredible confidence and calmness under pressure.
He is also a dynamite student who registers a 4.0 GPA and made 18 on the ACT. He likes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Louisville. Alabama offered him a scholarship under Mike Price, but Coach Mike Shula has told him that the Tide wouldn't consider him as a quarterback. At this point, Nickson is likely to head elsewhere.
#33 Dusty Lindsey
6-4, 219, 4.65 inside linebacker from Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama
Lindsey has the frame that could allow him to grow into a prototype rush end in college, or he may settle in at either linebacker slot. He, along with his twin brother, (Jordin Lindsey), are totally aggressive players. His senior year, Dusty once again led the team in tackles with 150 along with 8 sacks.
He is also a stellar baseball player who led the Mobile area last year with 9 Home Runs. He batted .383 in the process. He has a 2.6 GPA and has scored 17 on the ACT.
His schools of interest include Auburn, LSU, Louisville, and Mississippi State. Both Lindsey's claim offers from Auburn, Louisville and MSU.
#34 Jordi Lindsey
6-3, 231, 4.65 inside linebacker from Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama
Jordin Lindsey reads the play quickly and fills the hole with a vengeance. His football speed is faster than his forty time because he anticipates the play and reads offensive tendencies.
His senior year Jordin trailed his brother by just four tackles with 146 and he also had 9 sacks. The duo led their team to the second round of the playoffs. Jordin is also a baseball standout who batted .486 with 7 home runs as a junior.
He posts a 2.7 GPA and has scored 18 on the ACT. He likes Auburn, LSU, Louisville, and Mississippi State. Both Lindsey's claim offers from Auburn, Louisville and MSU.
#35 Jacquez McKissic
6-7, 250, 4.96 defensive end from Opelika High School in Opelika, Alabama
A stellar two way player from one of the states best high school programs, his blocking ability and size had several scouts projecting him as a tight end in college. However, he moved over to defensive end for the final six games of his junior year and showed that he is a natural pass rusher and solid run stopper. He stepped it up as a senior by posting 43 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries, and 3 batted passes. He is very active and his motor never stops on the field.
He has a 3.0 GPA ( 2.3 core ) and scored 18 on the ACT. At this point McKissic's recruiting situation is basically wide open. He claims scholarship offers from Iowa and Louisville. Interestingly, Alabama has recently gotten back in on him as a D-Line recruit.
#36 Tyrone King, Jr.
6-0, 185, 4.46 defensive back/cornerback from Minor High School in Adamsville, Alabama
King is the son of former Tide player Tyrone King (‘72-'75) who tragically died recently from cancer. He's garnered some attention on the recruiting trail, but basically his athletic potential has become a point of contention among pundits. Some say he's as good a football player as they've seen this year and deserves a shot at a Division 1A scholarship. Others see him as better suited for small-school competition.
A good student and solid athlete, don't be surprised if King ends up walking on at Alabama.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Currently BamaMag.com's Recruiting Editor, Freddie Kirby is a long-time observer and chronicler of high school football talent in the state of Alabama. Check back tomorrow for his "middle dozen" and Monday for his "Top 12."
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