RECRUITING 2002: Defensive Backs

The deficiencies in the defensive secondary for the 2001 edition of the Crimson Tide football team have been well documented. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff are looking far and wide for secondary players capable of being difference makers in time for the 2002 season. A number of quality prospects have been identified and <i></i> takes a look at the possibilities:

CB Ramzee Robinson (5-9.5/172) Butler High School- Huntsville, Alabama- Robinson is already committed to the Crimson Tide. He played quarterback and defensive back on the prep level. Robinson spent much of his senior season battling through injuries to help lead his team to a playoff berth and a 9-2 record. He is known for his outstanding leadership skills. Robinson projects as a cornerback on the college level with his quickness and defensive mentality.

CB A. J. Davis breaks up a pass

CB Chauncey Malone (6-0/180) West Morgan High School- Trinity, Alabama- Malone is also committed to the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately, he is a longshot at best to qualify in time for the 2002 season. His path to Division 1A could begin in prep school or junior college. Malone is a talented prospect whose athletic ability is among the very best in the state of Alabama. Malone could project as a cornerback, running back, safety, or wide receiver on the college level.

CB David Scott (6-0/180) Jones County Junior College- Ellisville, Mississippi- Scott is originally from Homestead, Florida and he signed with North Carolina as a prep senior. He spent two seasons as a Tarheel with current Alabama assistant coaches Carl Torbush and Ron Case. Scott transferred to JCJC and produced 33 tackles, six interceptions, and two fumbles caused in his only season on the junior college level. He has two years of eligibility remaining and a public commitment to Alabama is forthcoming.

CB Odell Bradley (5-11/180) Copiah-Lincoln Community College- Wesson, Mississippi- Bradley attended the Alabama/Mississippi State game as an unofficial visitor. He is originally from Hermanville, Mississippi. Bradley led the Mississippi junior college system in interceptions with nine on the season. Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Southern Mississippi are hoping to secure his signature. Bradley is a May graduate who could provide immediate help for a porous secondary if he and the Alabama coaching staff decide to make a commitment to each other.

CB Jason Carter returns an interception

S Sydney Wiley (6-0/185) Copiah-Lincoln Community College- Wesson, Mississippi- Wiley also attended the Alabama/Mississippi State game as an unofficial visitor. He is originally from Hazel, Mississippi. Wiley spent a lot of time in man-free coverage and that kept him in the center of the field but he still managed to make three interceptions. Houston, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Wyoming are also making their recruiting pitch to Wiley. He is a December graduate who will be available for spring practice at the school of his choice.

CB A. J. Davis (5-10.5/170) Northern Durham High School- Durham, North Carolina- Davis is a talented prep athlete with ties to the Alabama staff. He is a family acquaintance of offensive coordinator Les Koening from his days in North Carolina as an assistant coach at Duke University. Additionally, Davis is well acquainted with assistant coaches Ron Case and Carl Torbush from their years at North Carolina. Head coach Harvey Glance is also recruiting Davis for the Alabama track team. North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Tennessee appear to be the top competition for Davis.

CB Willie Andrews (5-10/175) Longview High School- Longview, Texas- Much like Davis, Andrews is another talented prep athlete with outstanding athleticism. He is also a dual-sport athlete who competes in track. Andrews and Davis are both exciting special teams returners as well. Interestingly, Andrews and Davis are both scheduled to make their official visits to Tuscaloosa on January 11th. Both project as cornerbacks on the college level and each are believed to be exceptional talents.

DB Corey Peoples standing on sidelines

CB Elvis Gallegos (6-1.5/175) Richland High School- Fort Worth, Texas- Gallegos will likely get his first look at cornerback but could end up at wide receiver on the college level. As a senior, Gallegos has unselfishly helped his team by playing quarterback. He has been close to a commitment to the Crimson Tide since the summer but has yet to pull the trigger. Gallegos is scheduled to make his official visit to Tuscaloosa on January 11th. Texas A&M will be tough to beat for Gallegos' services if the Aggies extend a scholarship offer.

Other possibilities include Jason Carter and Cory Peoples. Carter is an outstanding cornerback prospect from Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma. The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder is thought to be a heavy lean to Oklahoma and he is scheduled to visit the Sooners on December 7th. Peoples is a junior college cornerback from the top-ranked team in the junior college ranks, Georgia Military College. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 207 pounds, which will probably project him as a safety on the Divsion 1A level. Peoples is originally from Bishopville, South Carolina. He is also being recruited by Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State (offered), and South Carolina (offered).

It is not out of the question that other prospects could be identified as the recruiting process moves forward. Crimson Tide coaches are working long hours to find the players capable of restoring the tradition of strong Alabama defenses.

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