Alabama Stars Headed to Combines

In the inaugural year of football combines for, the past three weeks have been phenomenal. Top blue chip prospects have attended the first three combines held in Durham, Jacksonville, and Champaign. is about to hit the deep south, and the state of Alabama is coming out in big numbers.

This weekend, will have their first ever combine on the Auburn University campus, Saturday, the team  will travel to the Mississippi State campus Sunday.

Although the state's most highly recruited player, Andre Smith, will not attend the combine due to his participation in high school track, the majority of the best players in the state will participate, and with a great performance, hope to see their scholarship offers increase.

The blue chip prospects from Alabama confirmed for the Auburn combine include: Raven Gray, Eugene Sowell, Jermarcus Ricks, Terrell Zachery, David Ross, Randy Dupree, and Earl Alexander.

One of the top wide receiver prospects in the southeast, Tim Hawthorne, from Homewood, will travel to Starkville for Sunday's combine. Also, traveling to Starkville are offensive line prospects Taylor Pharr of Shades Valley and Robert Drum of Spain Park. Pharr is one of the top offensive lineman in the state. Max Lerner is a talented safety from Hoover, and London Crawford from Davidson in Mobile, will travel to Starkville as well.

Raven Gray, 6-3, 242, from Enterprise, is one of the best defensive players in the state. He had an outstanding performance in the Junior All-Star game, and every school in the SEC has extended an offer. More offers are expected as the year progresses.

Jemarcus Ricks of Colbert County and David Ross of Homewood are two of the top in state offensive linemen headed to Auburn on Saturday. 

Jermarcus Ricks, 6-4, 285, from Colbert County, has seen his list of offers grow over the past few months to seven. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Louisville have all offered.. Ricks is a dominating presence on the field, and he begins his fourth year as a starter. 

David Ross, from Homewood, is 6-4, 285, and was named to the Super All-State team last season and participated in the Junior All-Star game. Alabama, Auburn, and LSU have offered. LSU Head Coach Les Miles and Assistant Coach Jimbo Fisher dropped by Homewood for the spring evaluation of Ross and Tim Hawthorne.

Robert Drum, 6-7, 265, from Spain Park, is a top prospect. Drum's junior year was his first year of high school football, and he was a participant in the Junior All-Star game. His outstanding frame gives him an advantage over a lot of players, but Drum knows he still has a lot to learn. Georgia Tech was the first to notice his potential, and extended an offer. Drum hopes to add several more offers by putting on a dominant show at the combine. 

Two outstanding running backs attending are Randy Dupree, from Etowah, and Eugene Sowell from Shades Valley.

Randy Dupree, 6-0, 205, is the most highly recruited running back to come out of Attalla since the days of Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. Dupree had a stellar junior season, with over 1,500 total yards and 25 touchdowns. He received his first offer from Alabama, and grew up an Alabama fan. Dupree is excited about performing at the combine, and hopes more offers will follow.

Eugene Sowell, 6-0, 205, is not a stranger to the Auburn campus. He has watched his brother, Mayo Sowell, play for the Tigers the past four years. Eugene rushed for over 1,000 yards with 20 touchdowns as a junior. He is holding offers from Auburn and Louisville. Although he grew up an Auburn fan, he would like to see more offers, and he is expecting big things to happen after the combine.

One of the most athletic performers traveling to Auburn for the combine is Earl Alexander from Phenix City. Alexander is 6-5, 210, and is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the south. He has tremendous speed to go along with a great arm. Alabama and Louisville were the first two schools to offer. Alexander grew up a big Crimson Tide fan. Alexander could project at wide receiver in college, but hopes to prove to college coaches at the combine he has the skills to play quarterback at the next level.

Other top in-state prospects attending include:

Steven Ensminger, QB, Opelika

Darian Stewart, DB, Lee/Huntsville

Reginald Stokes, DL, Carver in Montgomery

Jeffrey Anderson, TE, Southside-Selma

Justin Bullard, S, Stanhope-Elmore

Rashaud Slaugher, WR, Minor

TiBiarus Gill, WR, Vigor

Antonio Colston, OL, Vigor

Dominick Riley, OL, Carver

Byron Powell, LB, Carver

Devon Stallworth, LB, Daphne

Bryant Turner, LB, Daphne

J.D. Lott, DE, Briarwood Christian

States represented outside Alabama include top blue chip prospects from Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

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