UA Prospects at the Super Six

The high school football season in the state of Alabama has dwindled down to 12 teams playing for state championships in their respective classifications this Thursday through Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. The end of the high school season marks a milestone in college recruiting, when prospects' seasons end and they can devote more time to the recruiting process.

The Super Six games in Birmingham have something with Alabama recruiting connections on each of the three days of the event. On Thursday, Alabama verbal commit Preston Dial will be on display when his UMS Wright (Mobile) team faces Deshler in the class 4A championship gameat 7 p.m.

Dial committed to Alabama back in July, circumventing the recruiting madness. Dial is 6-4, 242 pounds and is rated a four-star player by He is thought of as a receiving threat with the toughness to also be a good blocker. Dial had a scare with a knee injury at the beginning of his senior season but recovered fully.

On Friday, Alabama fans can see a member of a future Alabama offensive line, as Homewood tackle and Tide commit David Ross will suit up against Buckhorn in the 5A championship game at Legion Field Friday night at 7 p.m. Ross was an October commit to Alabama, and the four-star lineman is considered by some to be the best offensive lineman from his school since Evan Mathis, who started four years or Alabama and is now gainfully employed in the NFL.

All eyes will also be on Ross' teammate, wide receiver Tim Hawthorne. Hawthorne is a big receiver with good hands ranked 7th in the nation at his position. Alabama or Auburn would love to keep Hawthorne in state, but he has kept all of his options opened as far as recruiting goes.

On Saturday, all of the prospects to watch will be playing in the 6A championship game – Hoover vs. Daphne at 3 p.m. Cornelius Williams has scholarship offers from Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee. Alabama fans should keep an eye on Williams, however, with the cautionary tale of Earl Bennett in mind. Bennett was not on the top of Alabama's list, and he left West End in Birmingham to attend Vanderbilt, where he had a Freshman All-SEC type year this past season.

Other college football prospects playing for Hoover are: C.J. Bland, Max Lerner, Bryan Morgan, Dwarn Smith and Bo Stephens.

For Daphne, Arnil Stallworth is a running back who has put up over 1,700 rushing yards in his senior season. Arnil's brother, Devin Stallworth has over 83 tackles and six sacks for the Trojans. Bryant Turner and James Winston are other prospects to watch for Daphne.

Super Six Game Schedule (players to watch):

Thursday – 3 p.m.
3A: Pike County (Junior RB James Jackson) vs. Cherokee County (Junior FB Herschel Houston)
7 p.m.
4A:Deshler vs. UMS Wright (Dial)

Friday – 3 p.m.
1A: Addison (RB Caleb Parker) vs. Brantley (RB Chris Booker – junior)
7 p.m.
5A: Homewood (Ross, Hawthorne) vs. Buckhorn (DL Marty Gentle)

Saturday - 11 a.m.
2A: Clay County vs. Southern Choctaw
3 p.m.
6A: Hoover (Williams, Lerner, Bland, Morgan, Smith, Stephens) vs. Daphne (A. Stallworth, D. Stallworth, Turner, Winston)

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