Alabama Recruiting Round Up - Offense

This is Part One of a Two Part Series. Today, we take a look at the offensive players that Alabama has received commitments from already. We also take a look and see who is still on the board as players that could end up wearing Crimson in the Fall.

Quarterback (2)

Jimmy Barnes- Alabama was able to land one the top quarterbacks in the country when they received a verbal commitment from Jimmy Barnes of Los Alamitos High School, California. Barnes had an excellent senior season throwing for over 2,500 yards. Barnes will play in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas, January 14 on NBC.

John Parker Wilson- Wilson was part of the Tide's '04 class, but took a greyshirt and will count as a signee for the class of 2005. Wilson is allowed to practice with the Alabama team before the bowl game and has been very productive. Wilson is not allowed to play or travel with the team to the Music City Bowl.

Recruiting: None

Running Backs (2)

Glen Coffee- Coffee, from Fort Walton Beach High School, was the first running back to commit to Coach Mike Shula for the '05 class. Coffee emerged as one of the top running backs in the state of Florida. As a senior, Coffee rushed for over 1,800 yards and 350 yards receiving. Coffee is hoping to make a big impact for the Tide next fall.

Ali Sharrief- Sharrief, from North Jackson High School, committed to Alabama two days after Coffee. It had been known Sharrief was planning to make a switch from his commitment to Auburn, but decided to wait before announcing anything. Sharrief was one of the top athletes in the state this year, but had to deal with an ankle injury through several games. Sharrief and Coffee could be an excellent one-two punch in the next few years.

It is expected for Alabama to sign at least one more running back in this year's class. There are three very strong possibilities.

Mikell Simpson- Simpson, 6-1, 200, is a four star running back from Harrisburg High School, Pennsylvania. A phone call from Coach Shula on Thanksgiving Day made a strong impression with Simpson and the Tide remains at the top of his list with Virginia.

Roy Upchurch- Upchurch, 6-0, 195, of Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, may be the Tide's next running back commitment. Upchurch loves Alabama, but the Seminoles will try to persuade him to stay home. Upchurch ended his senior season with 305 rushes for 2,543 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Mike Davis- Davis, 5-10, 205, of Columbia High School, South Carolina, has listed Alabama among his favorites. An official visit is scheduled for January 7th. The home state schools will make a strong push for his signature.

Wide Receivers (0)

Wide Receiver Recruiting:

Nick Kyles- Kyles, 6-2, 180, of Baldwin High School, is one of the top wide receivers in Georgia. Kyles had over 1,000 yards receiving and started in the North/South Georgia All-Star game. Georgia was considered a heavy favorite, but after an official visit to Alabama the Tide got his attention. Kyles was expected to commit any day, but now is planning to wait until after his visit to Georgia.

Fred Rouse- The nation's top overall prospect is still mentioning Alabama as one of his top four. Rouse, 6-3, 190, from Lincoln High School, in Tallahassee, Florida, will take his visit to Alabama on January 7 with teammate and Alabama commit, Cole Harvey. Harvey and Rouse's friendship along with Coach Shula making a strong impression on the five star wide out, could persuade Rouse to join the Tide, but Florida State is still considered the strong favorite with Texas, Miami, and Alabama trailing big.

Tight End (1)

Charles Hoke- Hoke, from Briarwood Christian, was the first tight end to commit to Alabama. Hoke gives the Tide a huge target and is an outstanding athlete.

Alabama had hoped to have a commitment from one of the south's top tight ends with Tommy Trott. With Trott listing Auburn as his leader, the Tide is looking at one of the top tight ends in the state of Florida.

Tight End Recruiting:

Colin Peek- Peek, 6-6, 250, from Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Florida, emerged his senior season as one of the top tight ends in the southeast. Peek is an incredible blocker as well as a great pass catcher. Alabama recently offered Peek and a commitment could come soon.

Tommy Trott- Trott, from Trinity Presbyterian, Montgomery, claims Auburn a slight leader. The Alabama coaching staff will continue to recruit Trott as an impact player who could start next fall.

Offensive Line (6)

The Alabama coaching staff did an excellent job at receiving verbal commitments from several offensive lineman.

Marlon Davis- Davis, 6-3,305, from Carver High School, Columbus, Georgia, is a big body that can move well for his size. Davis is on track to qualify and has plans to enter Alabama as a pre-med major.

Michael Johnson- Johnson,6-5, 265, from Pine Forest High School, Pensacola, Florida, announced an early verbal commitment to Alabama. Johnson has great size and speed to be an excellent offensive tackle.

Cole Harvey- Harvey, 6-2, 250, of Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, Florida, is projected to play guard or center for the Crimson Tide. Harvey works hard and has a mean streak on the football field. He is trying to persuade teammate, Fred Rouse, to join him as a teammate at the Capstone.

Evan Cardwell- Cardwell, 6-2, 285, from Brooks High School, Killen, Alabama, was the first offensive lineman to verbally commit. Cardwell is an outstanding athlete that moves extremely well for his size.

Scott Deaton- The last offensive lineman to commit to Alabama was Deaton, 6-5, 265, of Oak Mountain High School. Deaton has an excellent frame and projects as a guard or center.

Drew Davis- Davis, originally a part of the '04 class, took a greyshirt and will count as a signee for the class of 2005. Davis, 6-6, 270, is allowed to practice with the Tide prior to the Music City Bowl.

Offensive Line Recruiting: None

Tune in tomorrow as we take a look at the defensive side of the ball!

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