2006 Alabama Football Signees:
Earl Alexander, QB, 6-4, 208, Phenix City/Central - This past season, Alexander accounted for over 1,700 yards of offense and 17 touchdowns, Alexander passed for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 500 yards on the ground with seven more scores. He was an honorable mention 6A All-State pick by the Alabama Sports Writers Assn. As a junior, he was 56 of 131 passing for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and also rushed for seven touchdowns to earn All-Area and All-County honors.
Javier Arenas, DB, 5-9, 175, Tampa, FL/Robinson - Arenas was a three-year starter and a first-team All-Suncoast player. He returned seven kicks (four punts, three kickoffs) for touchdowns as a prep senior for the Hillsborough County Knights. Arenas, one of the nation's most electrifying prep kick returners, scored touchdowns in just about every way....rushing, receiving, punt returns, kickoff returns and a fumble return.
Sam Burnthall, DB, 6-2, 190, Decatur/Decatur - Sam originally signed with the Tide in 2005, but delayed his enrollment until spring, 2006. As a prep senior, Burnthall racked-up 63 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions from his strong safety spot. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Tremayne Coger, DB, 5-11, 178, Columbia, TN/Central - A versatile player for Central, Coger played running back, defensive back and was a kick returner. He rushed for 617 yards on 63 attempts and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior. Although Coger's senior season was shortened to just five games, he was still productive. At running back, he ran for 350 yards and defensively he had one interception.
Andy Davis, DB, 6-0, 205 Moody/Briarwood Christian - Davis, was the first prep player to commit to Alabama for the 2006 signing class. Davis was a 5A All-State honoree by the Alabama Sports Writers Assn. He was a four-year starter and in his varsity career had over 400 career tackles. This past season he earned All-State honors after recording 126 tackles and three interceptions. Davis was named Shelby County's Defensive Player of the Year. Davis was a teammate at Briarwood with current Tider players Tim and Simeon Castille.
Preston Dial, TE, 6-4, 242, Mobile/UMS Wright - Considered one of the state's elite prospects, Dial was selected to the Super 12 and was the 4A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Assn. Dial caught 22 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns in helping lead UMS Wright to the 4A state championship. As a junior, Dial had 22 receptions for 455 yards and four touchdowns.
Mike Ford, RB, 6-2, 205, Sarasota, FL/Hargrave Military - As a prep senior, Ford was ranked among the nation's best at tailback. He set the Florida state record with 2,837 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns on 378 carries. He averaged 236.3 yards per game in leading Sarasota to a 10-2 record. As a senior, he had a streak of seven consecutive games rushing for 200 or more yards. He was named Florida's Class 5A Player of the Year and was ranked the 17th best running in the nation by SuperPrep.
Terry Grant, RB, 5-10, 188, Lumberton, MS/Lumberton - Grant, Mississippi's Mr. Football for 2005 and No. 3 on The Clarion-Ledger Ten Most Wanted list of Mississippi prospects, rushed for 2,720 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. Grant led Lumberton (14-0) to its second straight Class 2A state title. Grant led Lumberton to consecutive state titles over the past two seasons and rushed for over 8,000 yards, scoring 115 touchdowns during his high school career. He was a first-team All-State selection. As a junior, he had 2,615 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.
Cole Harvey, OL, 6-3, 265, Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln - Harvey originally signed with the Tide in 2005, but delayed his enrollment until spring, 2006. He was considered one of the top high school offensive linemen in Florida where he was All-County, All-Area and 4A All-State and a three year starter. His junior season, Harvey was an All-State and All-County pick. As a sophomore, Harvey was selected All-County and All-Area.
Charlie Higgenbotham, LB, 6-0, 210, Birmingham/Mountain Brook - Higgenbotham missed most of his senior season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. He was a three-year starter for the Spartans. As a sophomore, Higgenbotham made 97 tackles from his inside linebacker spot. Last season he had 169 tackles and two interceptions in 14 games.
LaBronski Hutchins, LB, 6-3, 190, Alexander City/Benjamin Russell - He was Selected to the 5A Alabama Sports Writers Assn., All-State team following his senior season. As a junior, he had 75 tackles and 18 sacks.
Marquis Johnson, DB, 6-0, 210, Sarasota, FL/Booker - Johnson, a versatile defensive back, helped Booker to a state final appearance his senior season. He finished with 41 tackles and three interceptions. He also averaged 23 yards on punt returns. As a junior, he registered 50 tackles and 11 pass break-ups.
Jake Jones, DB, 6-0, 185, Birmingham/Mountain Brook - Spartan star defensive back, wide receiver, kick returner Jake Jones was an All-State and Super 12 selections have been made by the Alabama Sports Writers Association for the 2005 football season. He recorded 34 tackles and three interceptions and had over 200 yards receiving and 400 yards on punt returns. He joins best friends Andy Davis, David Ross and Charlie Higgenbotham as Tide signees. His father, Joey Jones, was a star wide receiver for Alabama from 1980-83.
Charlie Kirschman, LB, 6-3, 255, St. Augustine, FL/Nease - His senior season, Kirschman was hampered with an ankle injury that limited him to just 31 tackles. As a freshman, Kirschman racked up 98 tackles and eight sacks.
Mike McCoy, WR, 6-3, 195, Rankin, MS/Northwest - McCoy is considered among the south's top receivers, despite missing three games with an Achilles problem. McCoy caught 42 passes for 821 yards and seven touchdowns this past season.
Greg McElroy, QB, 6-2, 210, Southlake, TX/Carroll As a first-year starter in 2005, McElroy passed for 4,687 yards, 56 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as he led his team (16-0) to the state 5A championship. For his efforts he was named 5A Offensive Player of the Year in Texas. As a sophomore and junior, he played behind two-time Texas 5A Player of the Year Chase Daniel. His senior season, McElroy completed 321 of 450 attempts for 4,687 yards and also had 700 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Carroll High School won its third state title in four years by defeating Katy in the 2005 Class 5A Division II championship game. McElroy completed 21-of-31 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and was named the game MVP. His 56 touchdown passes broke a Texas state record.
Brian Motley, OL, 6-2, 274, Autaugaville/Autaugaville - Motley earned Alabama Sports Writers Assn., Class 1A All-State honors for his efforts on the offensive and defensive lines for Autaugaville. He had 145 tackles on defense for the 10-0 Eagles. As a senior, Motley was named the 1A Lineman of the Year after grading out at 92% on the offensive line and recording six sacks and 16 tackles for loss on defense He was also an All-State selection as a junior.
Taylor Pharr, OL, 6-6, 270, Irondale/Shades Valley - Pharr is considered one of the state's premier offensive linemen. He was an honorable mention All-State pick by the Alabama Sports Writers Assn. Pharr has been timed at 4.9 in the 40. He bench presses 325 and squats 425.
David Ross, OL, 6-4, 295, Homewood/Homewood Ross, who is regarded as one of the nation's top 10 center/guard prospects, has the complete package -- size, quickness and intelligence. A three-year starter at Homewood, Ross was a Super 12 selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Assn., and was the Class 5A Lineman of the Year.
Travis Sikes, DB, 6-4, 190, Nashville, TN/Christ Presbyterian - Travis originally signed with the Tide in 2005, but delayed his enrollment until spring, 2006. As a prep senior, Travis had 52 catches for 957 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best game came against Murfreesboro-Riverdale when he hauled in 13 passes for 220 yards. In the last three games of the season, he doubled at wide receiver and safety and had four interceptions. In basketball, he set the school single game scoring record with 51 points and was District MVP.
Andre Smith, OL, 6-5, 315, Birmingham/Huffman - Andre, considered by many to be the nation's top offensive line prospect, was selected Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2005 after registering 88 pancake blocks his senior season. He was the first offensive lineman selected in the Association's 23-year history. He was also the Class 6A Lineman of the Year and one of four finalists for the Walter Peyton Award, given to the nation's top prep player. He has quick feet and excellent technique, attributes which make him an outstanding offensive line prospect. He was a first-team All-State selection as a senior and junior.
Alex Stadler, OL,6-6, 300, Bealeton, VA/Liberty - The 6-6, 300-pound Stadler is the top offensive lineman in the state of Virginia and he was a first-team All-State selection. He was also a first-team All-Washington Metro selection. As a junior, he anchored an offensive line that helped amass 4,102 yards total offense and over 2,500 yards rushing, in 11 games. Stadler played on teams that went 29-4 during his career. He was also an all-state discus thrower.
Nikita Stover, WR, 6-2, 200, Hartselle/Itawamba JC - Originally signed with the Tide in 2004, but spent last two seasons at Itawamba. Stover, who caught 26 passes for 588 yards and six scores in 2005, led the Mississippi junior college ranks in kickoff returns, averaging 30 yards per return. One of the top two- way players in the state of Alabama, Stover projects as a wide receiver at Alabama. He is an explosive athlete that had 723 yards on only 27 catches as a prep junior. He won the state high jump championship as a sophomore.
Milton Talbert, DE, 6-3, 234, Hattiesburg, MS/Hattiesburg - As a senior at Hattiesburg, Talbert was named to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's All-State team after posting 111 tackles, 12 sacks, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles this past season. As a junior, Talbert had 90 tackles and one interception.
Marcus Udell, DB, 5-11, 180, Tallahassee, FL/Godby - Udell finished his senior season with 50 tackles and eight interceptions and then recently played in the CaliFlorida Bowl, which the Florida squad won 20-0. As a junior, he had 54 tackles and four interceptions for a team that reached the second round of the state playoffs.
Justin Woodall, DB, 6-1, 200, Oxford, MS/Lafayette - Opponents shied away from throwing in his area this year, but he still came up with four interceptions. He was a first-team All-State pick and District Player of the Year. This past season he had 47 tackles and four interceptions. On offense, he totaled 1,460 yards and accounted for eight touchdowns. Playing at quarterback and safety, Woodall opened his senior season by passing for two TDs, running for another and intercepting two passes. As a junior, he had 16 interceptions to tie the state record held by Steve McNair. On offense, Woodall had 30 receptions for 750 yards and eight touchdowns.