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.