Recruiting 2003: A two-for-one deal?

A brother act is a possibility for the Tide, as Pinson's Demarcus and Damian Waldrop are considering attending Alabama together.

A four-year starter that made All Metro and All State as a junior after ripping offenses to bits, Demarcus (6-0, 195, 4.40) is an outstanding strong safety prospect. He is a one man wrecking crew that finished his junior campaign with 142 total tackles, nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and two interceptions (both returned for Td).

Demarcus accomplished those numbers from his linebacker position, but he projects as a strong safety/rover at the college level due to his ability to defend the pass and hit like a linebacker.

"He is a leader and a coach on the field that knows everyone's responsibility. Demarcus is football smart because he studies the opponents and the game religiously. He wants to be a great player and he does everything possible to accomplish his goals" That is the way Coach Wayne Lee described his star defensive-back prospect.

The younger Waldrop also plays backup runningback where he tallied 320 yards on 43 carries with six Tds. Demarcus is expected to see increased time in the backfield his senior year.

High school times are often suspect, but Waldrop legitimately runs a 4.40 forty and clocks a 10.7 hundred meters electronically in track. He consistently runs a 22.0 or faster 200 meter time.

Waldrop benches 315 pounds, squats 485, and power cleans 250. He has a 3.3 Overall GPA, 2.9 Core GPA, and has made 19 on the ACT.

Waldrop has camped at Florida State and Ole Miss, plus he plans to attend Alabama, Auburn, and the Nike (Tuscaloosa) camp this year.

He is strongly considering Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, and Mississippi State.

Possible walk-on?

The older brother of Demarcus, Damian (6-1, 180, 4.90) is originally from Pinson Valley High School where he was a quarterback. At this point he's attending junior college at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he is a reserve quarterback.

Damian did receive some on-the-field work at DuPage the latter part of his first year, but nothing significant. He is facing a stiff test as a sophomore and could likely still become the backup.

Waldrop is expected to see some time at wide receiver if he doesn't win the quarterback job.

Damian expects to graduate in June with his degree and could possibly transfer to a division-three school or maybe walk on at a bigger school.

He is strongly considering walking on at a major division 1A program, if he doesn't play for a lower-level school.


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