Linebacker Added

One can understand why Charlie Higgenbotham, a Scout.com three-star linebacker from Mountain Brook, is anxious to get back on the playing field. Higgenbotham is recovering from a torn ACL suffered early during his senior year. He has signed with the Crimson Tide and will now wait to see what his status is for the 2006 season.

Charlie Higgenbotham said the night before signing day, "There is a chance I could grayshirt next year. The (Alabama) coaches are waiting to see what happens with my knee. I am going to work hard and hopefully be ready for fall practice."

A grayshirt is a player who signs, but then delays entry into the school as a full-time until the following year, preserving a year of eligibility.

Higgenbotham recorded 169 tackles during his junior season and recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in four games during his senior campaign.

Alabama Assistant Coach Charlie Harbison recruited Higgenbotham to play weakside linebacker for the Crimson Tide.

"I visited a lot of colleges and I fell in love with the campus at Alabama," Higgenbotham said. "The tradition is great, the fan base is incredible, and I feel like the program is heading in the right direction."

Higgenbotham is on track to qualify with a score of 27 on the ACT.

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