JUCO transfers should help immediately

It's frankly foolish to count on any newcomers to start their first year in college, but the Tide coaches have reason to feel confident in the three junior college transfers already on campus and working out. Athletically, Derrick Pope (linebacker), Zach Fletcher (receiver) and David Scott (cornerback) are all proven commodities, and each man is expected to have an impact on the depth chart.

Zach Fletcher observes the action in the Tide weight room. Hoping to get a chance to play for Alabama, when a scholarship offer wasn't forthcoming from his home-state school Fletcher originally signed with City College of San Francisco out of high school. But after scouting him in person, the new coaching staff was impressed with his talent and work ethic and took Fletcher's commitment quickly.

Fletcher and Brandon Brooks warm up with power skips before their workout. More often than not, recruiting numbers are nothing more than hype. But Fletcher is every bit of his 6-3 listed height, and at a lean 195 pounds the Moulton native should provide a good target for Bama's quarterbacks.

Originally recruited and signed at North Carolina by Carl Torbush and former Tide Safeties Coach Ron Case, David Scott transferred to Jones County Community College when the Tar Heels changed coaches. So obviously the Tide staff is confident in their scouting report on Scott's cover skills.

Listed at 6-0, 180 pounds during the recruiting season, Scott is as big as advertised. Like all new players he'll benefit from the summer months working in the weight room, but Scott is plenty big to handle cornerback.

Pope was an early commitment to Alabama, but the NCAA announcement caused him to take a couple of extra weeks before signing. When he finally did send in his scholarship papers, he acknowledged the severe sanctions but commented "Alabama is still Alabama."

Shown preparing to power clean in the weight room, Pope is a powerful (and fast) athlete who is expected to contribute right away at both strongide and inside linebacker.

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