Tide Picks Up Number Four

The Dennis Franchione recruiting machine just keeps humming. Less than three weeks since the February 6 signing day, Alabama has its fourth commitment for the 2003 Signing Season.

The latest to announce for the Crimson Tide is running back Eric Packer of Wilcox Central in Camden. Packer's coach, John Moton, said, "He is a great competitor who is the hardest-working kid I've ever seen in a weightroom or on the football field. He is a little undersized for some people, but I think he is going to be great."

Proving that good things come in little packages, the 5-9, 184-pound Packer has run away from the competition as a sophomore and as a junior. He rushed for over 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore, and followed that up by rushing for over 2400 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. Packer, who was clocked at 4.32 seconds in Auburn's football camp last summer, has set a goal of 3,000 yards rushing in his senior season, Moton said.

As a junior he was a finalist for the Class 5A Back of the Year and made all-region and all-state first teams.

He has a 41-inch vertical jump, bench presses 285, power cleans 255, and squats 555. He has a 3.2 grade point average.

Packer selected Alabama over Auburn.

Earlier Alabama had picked up commitments from D.J. Chambers, a 6-0, 180-pound all-around athlete from Highland Home; Chris Felder, a 5-11, 165-pound all-around athlete from Thomasville; and Justin Moon, a 6-6, 295-pound offensive lineman from Guntersville.

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