Quality athlete to walk on at Alabama this fall

With Alabama facing scholarship reductions for the next three season, attracting quality walk-on athletes to be a part of the team will be crucial to success. So adding a player like Camden's Sammie Autrey is very important to Dennis Franchione's efforts to rebuild the team.

Autrey is 6-0 tall, weighs 205 pounds and claims a 4.50 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash. He projects at strong safety on the college level.

Competing for Wilcox Central High School, Autrey gained a reputation as a big hitter, not afraid of tackling bigger running backs. Scouts that have seen Autrey in person report that he has good football instincts, helped along by hours of film study of opponents.

As a junior Autrey had 77 tackles, three interceptions, two caused fumbles, four blocked punts and three recoveries of on-side kicks. His senior year numbers were even better.

Sporting a 32-inch vertical leap, Autrey is a very good athlete. He bench presses 285 pounds, squats 395 and power cleans 265.

With a 3.1 grade point average, Autrey should qualify. Though at last report he still need one point on his ACT score.

Autrey was recruited by several smaller D1 schools, but his heart was at Alabama. Don't be surprised to see him on scholarship within a year or two.

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