'Middle Dozen' revealed

Continuing his rating of the top prospects in the state this year, <i>BamaMag.com</i>'s Recruiting Editor Freddie Kirby weighs in with his "middle dozen," numbers 13-24.

#13 Ezekiel Knight

6-3, 210, 4.60 wide receiver/outside linebacker from Randolph County High School in Wedowee, Alabama

A bona fide prospect on both sides of the football, Knight has the ability to play several positions on the field. He loves wide receiver and has worked extremely hard to develop his skills at that position. He is also a dangerous punt and kickoff returner.

There are some schools that like his ability to become a standout outside linebacker in college. He has the size, speed, aggressiveness, and intensity to excel at that position as well as receiver. The Tide coaches have promised him a first look at wide receiver.

Knight committed to Alabama over Auburn, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech, MTSU, and Troy State. Qualifying is a concern, but Knight can make it with hard work the rest of his senior year.

#14 B.J. Stabler

6-5, 291, 5.20 offensive tackle from Clarke County High School in Grove Hill, Alabama

B.J. Stabler

Stabler stays low on his blocks and his agility is great for his size. He shows excellent hips, terrific feet, and a perfect pass blocking stance. Relatively young (he's only 17), Stabler is considered among the top two offensive line prospect in Alabama this year by most ratings.

He has excellent lower body strength with a 510 squat, but he needs to work on his upper body. However, Stabler's size and agility make him a premier prospect for offensive tackle.

Stabler committed to Alabama over Auburn, LSU, and South Carolina. He is expected to qualify with no problem.

#15 John Parker Wilson

6-1 185 4.50 quarterback from Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama

The field leader for the two-time Class 6A State Champions in Alabama, Wilson is very calm under pressure, with a reasonably strong arm, and is very accurate on his passes.

John Parker Wilson

He is a two-sport gem, who hopes to play both football and baseball in college.

His father, Parker Wilson played baseball at Livingston University and in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox.

Wilson claims a 3.5 GPA and scored 24 on the ACT, so qualifying will not be a problem. The versatile athlete has offers from numerous schools in both baseball and football, which has so far been a problem with Alabama. So far Mike Shula has asked Wilson to play either football or baseball, not both.

#16 Patrick White

6-2, 180, 4.35 athletic quarterback from Daphne High School in Daphne, Alabama

A one-man machine on offense, White is a classic example of a young man who is the best athlete on his team playing quarterback. He wants to get a shot at quarterback in college, and that has been an issue so far in his recruitment. But he is open to playing wide receiver or free safety.

His senior year, White accumulated over 3300 yards of total offense with his arm and feet. He led his team to the state championship game in Class 6A. He is also a quality baseball prospect that is already being scouted by pro teams.

White's speed is the driving force behind his exposure in football and baseball. He has been clocked at 6.37 for 60 yards.

Several schools are promising White a chance at quarterback, but project him at either receiver or defensive back. That includes Alabama. West Virginia has offered him as a quarterback, and they may have the lead.

#17 Curtis Dawson

6-1, 255, 4.70 inside linebacker from Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama

Curtis Dawson

Perhaps the most rugged linebacker to play in Alabama in over a decade, Dawson manned the middle linebacker post for state champion Hoover this year. Dawson prefers inside linebacker, but he is talented enough that he has played outside defensive end. Actually, most recruiting pundits project that he'll end up at defensive tackle in college.

Dawson has long been considered a lean to the Tide, but so far he has not pulled the trigger on his commitment.

Qualifying is a concern, but he can make it with a solid senior season in the classroom.

#18 Antoine Caldwell

6-3, 265, 4.92 offensive guard from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama

Antoine Caldwell

An intense offensive guard who has the long arms necessary to be an effective pass blocker, Caldwell is an intelligent athlete who is agile enough to be a pulling guard at the college level.

Caldwell projects to grow into a 6-5, 290 offensive lineman. He's rated among the top two or three guard prospects in the state.

Caldwell sports a 3.2 GPA and has a 21 on the ACT, so qualifying will not be a problem. At this point his recruitment appears to be an in-state battle between Alabama and Auburn, though Caldwell has said that he's somewhat troubled by the recent problems involving Tiger head coach Tommy Tuberville.

#19 Travis Robinson

5-10, 180, 4.35 cornerback from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Travis Robinson

A three year starter at cornerback from one of the fastest rising programs in the state, Robinson loves to take the opposing team's top receiver on man to man. He has terrific hip rotation and he has the speed to stay on his man on deep routes. Robinson is considered one of the top two cornerback prospects in the state.

Robinson finished his senior year regular season with 43 tackles and 3 picks. He clocks a 4.35 in the forty and was even clocked at 4.22 at the Nike Camp in Auburn. He registers a 4.02 twenty-yard shuttle time, and he measured a 38" vertical jump.

Robinson is committed to sign with Alabama.

#20 Jeramie Holifield

6-5, 250, 4.60 defensive end from Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama

Jeramie Holifield

One of the elite defensive prospects in the state this year, Holifield is seen as a player that will be a difference maker on the college level. He transferred to Hoover High School as a junior from Jess Lanier High School and the paid off. Holifield had a break-out senior year, finishing ranked among the state's top dozen defensive players.

Holifield projects as a rush end in college.

He is behind in qualifying, but he attended summer school last year and has an outside shot at qualifying if everything falls perfectly this year. However, most believe he'll start out in junior college.

He lists his final twosome as Alabama and LSU with the Tide a heavy favorite.

#21 Eric Phillips

6-5, 250, 4.80 defensive end/offensive tackle from Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama

Phillips is the classic "upside" athlete, still growing into his body in high school but showing excellent potential for college. He generally dominated at defensive end for Wenonah, but as good as he was on defense, his long-range future may be better at offensive tackle. He wears a size seventeen shoe and his growth potential leans toward him becoming a prototype left tackle at the college level. He has good footwork and his long arms aid him well in pass protection.

Eric Phillips

Grades are a problem, and Phillips is expected to start his college career in junior college. He's a possible "sign and place" for Alabama.

#22 Chevis Jackson

6-1, 180, 4.50 wide receiver from St. Pauls High School in Mobile, Alabama

One of the state's elite receivers, Jackson is getting strong attention from several major schools, though he's currently committed to LSU. He is a complete receiver who catches well with his hands, runs precise routes, and gets separation from the defender on deep patterns.

His senior year, Jackson caught 31 passes for 660 yards and five scores. At cornerback, he posted 41 tackles, seven interceptions, and two caused fumbles. Several schools are strongly considering him in the secondary instead of receiver.

Jackson carries a 2.3 GPA and scored 19 on the ACT, which increases his attractiveness to schools worried about qualifying issues.

#23 Travis McCall

6-3, 230, 4.69 tight end from Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama

An ideal sized tight end who many describe as a workaholic, McCall played in a Wing-T offense that didn't get him the ball very often through the air. But he was a blocking dynamo.

Travis McCall

Besides tight end, McCall could also project at fullback, linebacker or defensive end.

He is a young man of high character, who is already qualified with a 2.5 GPA and an 18 ACT. Alabama would love to sign the versatile athlete, but Auburn is also in the recruiting picture.

#24 Cole Mason

6-2, 230, 4.70 fullback from Parrish High School in Jasper, Alabama

Mason is a tough running fullback who will remind many of Mike Alstott. He has that same tackle breaking style of running that leaves a trail of defenders wondering how he escaped. Mason doubled as a linebacker on defense, where he used that same determination to ensure he doesn't miss tackles.

His senior year he proved his ability by rushing for 1,940 yards and 27 TDs, leading his team to the Class A State Championship. He also blasted his way on defense to 165 tackles his senior year.

Mason committed to Kentucky early but he is apparently rethinking his stance. He would love an Alabama offer. If it happened, his recruitment would be over. LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Southern Miss are still recruiting him heavily.

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 Monday for his "Top 12."

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