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.
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
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
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
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
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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