Prattville Pipeline

Over the past several years, Prattville High School has served as a pipeline to The University of Alabama, with commitments from several high profile, nationally ranked football players. Two former Prattville stars are returning starters for the Crimson Tide.

One of the Tide's more notable former Prattville stars is starting free safety, Roman Harper (senior). During Harper's senior year in high school, he was named All-County, All-Metro, and Birmingham News All-State. At Alabama, Harper was named Second Team All-SEC (Coaches) in 2004, and the Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award following the spring of 2005. Harper was recently selected to the 2005 pre-season Playboy All-American team.

Kyle Tatum, (junior) starting right tackle for the Tide, was ranked by SuperPrep the number 13 best defensive lineman in the country during his senior season at Prattville. Tatum had 95 tackles, 25 tackles behind the line, 14 sacks, and three fumble recoveries during his senior season. As a junior, he recorded 80 tackles, nine sacks, and 23 tackles behind the line.

Tatum's change in position at Alabama, from defensive lineman to offensive tackle, was more out of necessity for building depth at that position. He started in every game during the 2004 season at right offensive tackle.

Alabama landed one of the premier tight ends in the country in 2004 when Travis McCall committed to the Tide. McCall needed additional classroom work, and remained in Prattville to complete one semester at Prattville High. McCall is now qualified, and anxious to move to Tuscaloosa in the summer. He is a very versatile athlete, and can play a number of positions. McCall said, "The coaches have said they want me to play tight end. I have always played tight end, and I think I will do a good job."

Had McCall been eligible last season, most believe he would have been on defense, where the need had been more acute in 2004. However, tight end was his primary position in high school and the area of need for Alabama next season.

One of the top defensive ends in the Southeast for the recruiting class of 2005 was Bobby Greenwood. Greenwood helped Prattville to the 6A Championship game against Hoover, and was named Class 6A Lineman of the Year. Greenwood recorded 120 tackles and 19 sacks during his season season. He was ranked as the eighth best player in Alabama by Scout.com.

Heading into the fall, the Alabama coaching staff will have four former Prattville greats as a part of the Crimson Tide team.

The class of 2006 has produced two high profile prospects from Prattville in Tim Rawlinson and J.D. Douglas.

Rawlinson is one of the top linebackers in the state, and was named Most Valuable Player after he recorded 12 tackles in the Junior All-Star game. He was named All-County, All-Metro, and All-State following his junior campaign. Several schools are showing strong interest, and he plans to attend summer camps at Alabama, Auburn, and FSU.

J.D. Douglas is one of the hardest hitting safeties in the state. He recorded 65 tackles from his safety position during his junior year. Louisville was the first school to extend a scholarship offer, but he claims Alabama as a big leader for his services.

Rawlinson and Douglas were in Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game. Douglas said, "We talked to a couple of the coaches. They told Tim and me, they wanted a couple of guys like us."

The Alabama coaching staff is high on these two Prattville stars, and following a solid summer camp performance, the Prattville pipeline to Tuscaloosa could remain in full operation.


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