Photo report: January 11th recruiting weekend

It was the first big recruiting weekend of 2002, and Alabama had an excellent group of prospects in town for official visits. In all, six defensive linemen, two cornerbacks, two tailbacks, one linebacker and one QB made up the contingent.

Jimtavis Walker, 5-10, 196, Tailback
Thought by most to be the top running back in the state of Georgia, Walker is publicly committed to Florida. But after the coaching shuffle in Gainesville this past week, Walker switched his visit this weekend from the Gators to Alabama. He and DeShawn Wynn of Cincinnati are the top-rated backs left on Bama's board. In person, Walker is not as broad as Wynn, but he is thought of as more of a speed back. Walker was hosted on his visit by Jason Rawls, a sophomore linebacker for Alabama who played with Walker in Statesboro, Georgia.


Ben Grubbs, 6-5, 250, Defensive Line
One of the top combo D-Linemen in the state, Grubbs could contribute quickly at end, while many believe he'll grow into a tackle. Auburn is thought to have a slight edge in the battle for his commitment, but Grubbs is enjoying his visit to Tuscaloosa.


David Scott, 6-0, 180, Cornerback
Signed by Carl Torbush and Ron Case to play for North Carolina, Scott left that school when Torbush was fired. He spent this season at Jones Community College. Committed to the Tide, Scott is expected to come in and immediately contribute at cornerback. Told this afternoon that Bama fans were counting on him to handle one side of the defense, he laughed and replied "Don't worry. I'm coming."


Jeremy Clark, 6-3, 265, Defensive Line
From Daphne H.S., which also produced Tide tackle Kenny King, Clark is one of Alabama's top remaining D-Line prospects. He is said to favor the Tide at this point, but LSU is making a strong push for his commitment.


Demeco Ryans, 6-2, 218, Linebacker
On the strength of an outstanding senior season, Ryans has emerged as the top linebacking prospect in the state. He is enjoying his visit to Alabama, and it's possible that a commitment could be coming soon.


Jimmy Williams, 6-2, 305, Defensive Tackle
Alabama needs big, physically mature defensive linemen capable of playing right away, and Williams could fit that bill. A native of Memphis who is about to graduate from Pasadena City College, Williams said he would "probably" sign with Alabama. But he still wants to take all his visits, including South Carolina next week and Virginia Tech on January 25th. Williams is one of Bama's top remaining targets, but with limited scholarships to give Bama might have trouble waiting that long. Williams was hosted by Tide center Alonzo Ephraim.


Jamall Broussard, 5-10, 183, Wide Receiver
A former teammate of Shaud Williams at Texas Tech, Broussard committed to Alabama this past week. He'll graduate from College of the Canyons Community College this spring, and will add maturity and blistering speed to the Tide receiving corps. Broussard was hosted by Shaud Williams and Brandon Brooks.


Brandon Avalos, 6-1, 180, Quarterback
An excellent all-around athlete, Avalos was forced to miss part of Saturday morning's activities, because he was being worked out by scouts from two different baseball teams. Assuming he doesn't get an offer too good to pass up from Major League Baseball, Avalos will bring excellent speed and a very good arm to the Tide football squad. Having received a scholarship offer from Coach Jim Wells also, Avalos plans to play football and baseball at Alabama.


Ken Darby, 5-10, 190, Tailback/Linebacker
An early pledge to Alabama, Darby has held firm in his commitment throughout the recruiting process, despite numerous overtures from other SEC schools. Darby is said to be the top tailback prospect in Alabama, but he is equally effective on defense--an athlete who plays with a genuine mean streak.


Ramzee Robinson, 5-9, 175, Cornerback
Nicknamed 'Bino' ("believe in no one else"), Robinson played quarterback and defensive back his senior season of high school. But he is adamant in his desire to focus all his attention on cornerback in college. Robinson is a a tough, relentless competitor.


Kyle Tatum, 6-6, 270, Defensive Line
Thought by many to be the top defensive line prospect in the state, Tatum committed last summer to Alabama--thus missing out on much of the recruiting attention. He is a legitimate 6-6+ with the frame to add plenty of weight, and Tatum is also extremely athletic for an player his size.


Tommy 'TJ' Jackson, 6-0, 305, Nose Tackle
Jackson is probably the best pure nose tackle prospect in the state. His officially listed height of 6-2 is almost certainly too generous, but Jackson is certainly all of 300 pounds. A naturally outgoing young man, Jackson got off the best line of the morning. As the tour bus passed by Tutwiler Dorm, the guide informed everyone that it was one of the largest women's dormitories in the South. "Stop the bus!" Jackson yelled out. "I'm getting off here."



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