Taking a look at this year's walk-ons

Facing NCAA-mandated limitations on scholarships, attracting quality walk-ons over the next several years will be crucial to Alabama's success. Numerous quality athletes have already announced their intention to walk-on next year. Here's our list.

Listing some of Bama's walk-ons

James (J.P.) Adams III is a 6-4, 240, 4.70 defensive end from Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.

A steady performing defensive end who is a hard worker, Adams plays under control and he doesn't try to make every tackle on the field. He is a Second Team All West Alabama selection as a senior after he produced 40 tackles and 8 sacks. Further proof that he is consistent is the fact that he had 40 tackles and 7 sacks as a junior. Adams also plays backup tight end and he usually comes in on short yardage and red zone situations. He has a 28" vertical jump, he benches 260 (shoulder injury prevented serious workouts), and squats 425. Adams has a 3.0 GPA and made 22 on the ACT. His father, James Adams, Jr is the Dean of Social Work at the University of Alabama. He had scholarship offers from Troy State and Jacksonville State, plus he visited Memphis. He gave up those opportunities to walk on at Alabama.

Durand Jackson is a 6-0, 180, 4.55 cornerback from Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Alabama.

Somewhat overlooked by many schools, but Jackson was good enough to merit All Area and All Region honors. He starts on offense at runningback and he netted 426 yards and 10 Tds for a predominantly passing school. Jackson caught 14 passes out of the backfield for 322 yards and 6 Tds. That is an average of 23 yards per reception. He is a three-year starter who has gained a reputation as being very sticky in man coverage. He finished his senior year with 77 tackles ( 55 solo, 22 assists ), 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, and 1 caused fumble. Jackson has a 31" vertical jump, he benches 245, and he deadlifts 425. He is already qualified with a 2.5 GPA and a 17 ACT. He was recruited hard by MTSU and when they chose not to offer him, he decided to walk on at Alabama rather than MTSU.

Matt Kosloff is a 5-11, 175, 4.70 quarterback from Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.

The leader of a team that went into the playoffs undefeated before bowing out in the quarterfinals, Kosloff is a Team Captain who also was recognized as an Honorable Mention All West Alabama selection. He completed 50 of 83 passes for 823 yards, 10 Tds, and 4 interceptions. He also had one rushing touchdown. He just turned 17 years of age and he is fully qualified. Kosloff attended Alabama's camp (2000), Peyton Manning's Passing Academy (2001) and the Alabama Team Camp (2001). He could turn out to be a valuable asset as a field goal and extra point holder, which he has done for two seasons, plus he will be used in scout team quarterbacking drills. Kosloff is also a second baseman in baseball where he has a .300 batting average. He benches 250 and he squats 375. He took an official visit to West Alabama and was offered a scholarship, but in order to fill his future aspirations, he walked on at Alabama.

Allen Long is a 6-3, 225, 4.70 linebacker/fullback from Addison High School in Addison, Alabama.

A four year stud for one of the best Class 2A teams in the state his senior year, Long carried the Bulldogs on his back and still felt as though he was overlooked. He has started since his freshman year and has only been stopped by a torn ligament as a junior. Despite the torn MCL, he missed only one game. Long's freshman year he accounted for 475 yards on 90 carries with 6 Tds. He also had 45 tackles and 2 sacks. He played 12 games as a sophomore and racked up 109 tackles. He rushed for 1200 yards and 14 Tds over the same period. His junior year he suffered the injury in the eighth game but still managed 700 yards and 9 Tds. He was credited with 90 tackles as a junior. Long came back with a vengeance his senior year and showed a big determination to show no signs of the injury. He had 150 tackles, but on offense he race to 1908 yards and 25 Tds. He totaled 2400 all-purpose yards with 27 Tds. He made the All County, All Area, and All State teams. Long has a 26" vertical jump, he benches 300, and squats 450. He carries a 3.8 GPA and a 20 ACT. He visited Murray State and Samford, but his heart is at Alabama.

Grant Nailen is a 5-11, 170, 4.50 cornerback from Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

An All County defensive back who plays all out on every play, Nailen's motor is stuck in overdrive and it pays him dividends every game. He is a strong side cornerback who averaged 8 tackles per game as a senior ( 112 total ), plus he snagged 3 interceptions. Nailen is a Team Captain and he was awarded the Special Teams MVP. On kickoffs, he flies down the field like a mad man and he usually arrives at the ball with an attitude. He is a three year starter who has a 33" vertical jump. He benches 270 and squats 380. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 20 ACT. Nailen turned down scholarship offers from Tennessee-Chattanooga and Army in order to walk on and play for Coach Dennis Franchione and Alabama.

Cody Grammer is a 6-5, 245, 5.10 center from Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.

A consistent and reliable center prospect who is very quick off the ball and shows an aggressive mentality on his blocks, Grammer graded around 80% blocking efficiency as a junior, but he increased that to 90% as a senior. His coach says he has the frame to carry 290 lbs and if he does gain that much muscle and body weight, then he will be hard to defeat. Grammer is capable of calling blocking schemes on the line of scrimmage and he strives to finish every block. He is just 16 years of age and he has a 26" vertical jump. He has camped at Alabama. He benches 320 and squats 390. Grammer has a 2.8 GPA and a 17 ACT. He has elected to walk on at Alabama as opposed to a scholarship at East Central JC and possible scholarships at West Alabama and North Alabama.

Sammie Autrey is a 6-0, 205, 4.50 strong safety from Wilcox Central High School in Camden, Alabama.

A talented player who has gained the reputation of being a big hitter and is not afraid to tackle bigger runningbacks, Autrey has very good football instincts due to his constant film study of the opponent. As a junior, he had 77 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 caused fumbles, 4 block punts, and 3 onside kick recoveries. His senior year numbers were even better. Autrey sports a 32" vertical jump, bench presses 285, squats 395, and power cleans 265. He has a 3.1 GPA and should qualify. He was recruited by several small schools but his heart was at Alabama.

Kendrick Eaton is a 5-6, 155, 4.37 wide receiver from Wilcox Central High School in Camden, Alabama.

Referred to as a Lionel James clone by some scouts for his mighty mite size, Eaton is definitely a competitor. He doesn't back down from a challenge and he has confidence in his ability. He plays both receiver and cornerback, but he could become a return specialist in college. He has a 29" vertical jump, benches 205, and squats 405. Eaton has a 3.5 GPA and an 18 ACT. He camped at Ole Miss, Alabama, and Auburn. He chose to walk on at Alabama over interest from several smaller schools.

Michael Terry is a 6-5, 320, 5.40 offensive tackle from Lexington High School in Lexington, Alabama.

This big bodied offensive tackle improved drastically as a senior. Terry has good feet and he can pull and trap, but he could use more quickness off the ball. He made All County and All Area as a senior due to his improvement in technique. He will have to improve his work ethic at the college level, but he is capable of becoming a contributor. Terry benches over 300 and squats close to 500. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 17 ACT. He camped at Mississippi State and was recruited by MTSU and UAB. But the offers failed to come and now he has decided to walk on at Alabama.

Will Catoe is a 6-2, 230, 4.70 fullback from Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.

A highly intense performer who gets the most out of his ability in every game, Catoe was so aggressive on the offensive line as a senior that even though he was undersized, he still was a candidate for the 6A Lineman of the Year in Alabama. He is talented enough to play fullback, defensive end, or linebacker at the college level. Catoe has a 32" vertical jump, bench presses 350, and squats 535. He has a 2.8 GPA and an 18 ACT. He has an early offer from Clemson that was pulled at the start of the season. He also had an offer from Illinois State, but he has chosen to walk on at Alabama.

Trevis O'Neal is a 6-1, 215, 4.59 runningback/linebacker from Leeds High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

A power back who hails from the same school that produced former Auburn basketball star, Charles Barkley (Auburn, NBA) and football player, Rodney Garner (Auburn, Georgia recruiting coordinator). He has blasted his way through holes and tacklers for the past three seasons. He burst on the scene as a sophomore when he accumulated 148 carries for 1076 yards. O'Neal backed that up as a junior with 1587 yards and 14 Tds despite the fact that Leeds only dressed 18 players. He also doubled as a linebacker his junior year and finished as the second leading tackler. His senior year, he pounded his way to 1942 yards on 206 carries (9.43 yards per carry) with 20 Tds in just 12 games. O'Neal didn't play much defense until late in his senior year, but he did manage 19 tackles in the second round of the playoffs against North Jackson. He was selected to the Super All Metro Team and the All State Team. He was a finalist for the 4A Back of the Year. He is the second cousin of Jamir Miller ( UCLA, Arizona Cardinals first round pick, and present Cleveland Brown ). O'Neal has camped at Alabama. He sports a 31" vertical jump and is already qualified. He benches 250. He had inquiries and visits from Iowa, Southern Miss, UAB, and Massachusetts (offer). But he has decided to walk on and roll with the Tide.

Zachary Saxton is a 6-4, 310, 5.00 defensive tackle from Bakersfield Community College in Bakersfield, California.

A mammoth interior lineman who played just 6 games as a sophomore and still managed 7 sacks, Saxton was somewhat overlooked and while he may not be an immediate starter, he will likely play himself into the rotation. When he is in full shape, he is an intimidating presence. Saxton is originally from Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina and he has three years remaining in which to play 2 years. He benhces 350 and squats 700. He has stated that he will walk on at Alabama.

Dennis Dubois is a 5-10, 185, 4.45 athlete from Bakersfield Community College in Bakersfield, California.

A superb athlete who moved to quarterback as a sophomore due to an injury to their starter, Dubois led his team to a 10-2 record and he was the MVP of their Bowl Game. He passed for 8 Tds and he rushed for 3 Tds. He will probably play cornerback or an A-Back at Alabama. Dubois is originally from Colonia, New Jersey and he has three years remaining to play two years. He has decided to attend Alabama as a walk on.

Other walk on possibilities:

  • Irving Batiste WR 6-3 200 4.50 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.
  • Aubrey Doroisme DE 6-3 240 4.80 Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield C.C.
  • Drayton Henderson ATH 6-2 190 4.50 Charlotte, NC - Country Day
  • Eric Horne CB Ellisville, MS - Jones C. C.
  • Irving Isbell NG 5-11 245 4.90 Huntsville, AL - Johnson
  • Ezzie Raulls RB 5-8 196 4.50 Tuscaloosa, AL - Central
  • Kyle Robinson PK 5-10 175 4.80 Ranger, TX - Ranger Comm. College
  • Zac Wakefield CB 5-11 170 4.50 Winfield, AL - Winfield
  • Kendrell Williams LB 6-1 251 4.70 Aliceville, AL - Aliceville
  • Josh Woodard PK 6-1 170 5.00 Decatur, AL - Decatur
  • Matt Young PK Houston, TX - Memorial

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