"Pass rusher"

Out of Harvest, Ala., Sparkman High School comes defensive lineman Anthony Orr, all 6-foot-5, 265-pounds of him.

"Pass rusher," Anthony Orr says when asked his strengths at the position. Orr had 16 tackles for a loss to go along with nine sacks in his senior season at Sparkman for Head Coach Roger Haynes.

"I try getting to the quarterback on every play," Orr said.

Orr runs a 4.8 40 and mentions his big frame and explosive pass rushing ability as his strengths in helping to make him such a prize recruit for the Alabama class of 2009.

"My size and speed have really helped my game," he said.

Orr had scholarship offers and was heavily pursued by Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee, although he mentions LSU as the school he would probably chosen had it not been for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"When I camped there I liked everything about Alabama. Over the summer, I thought about it after I took my trips and wanted to go ahead and commit, so that I could concentrate on my season, " Orr said.

"I grew up an Alabama fan, but it was the coaches that made me feel at home. I like the direction Coach Saban has the team headed in. Next year, I think we have what it takes to contend for a national championship. I wanted to be part of that."

Orr wants to come in and contribute to the Tide's success right away, but knows he needs patience.

"My plan is to go in there and learn the system," he explained. "Hopefully playing time will come."

Orr plans to keep working out to come in strong to camp. That also means staying in shape in the classroom.

"I'm on track. I got a 19 on the ACT, have to just keep my grades up to get qualified," he said.

Orr says "unsure" as to his college major.

Orr says he regularly keeps in touch with fellow Alabama recruit, William Ming. They both committed to Alabama a week apart last July. He also speaks with his future position coach Bo Davis often, as well as his recruiter, Curt Cignetti.

"On my official visit I talked to Coach Davis for about an hour after it was over. We have a real good relationship," he stated.

Orr wore No. 46 for Sparkman High School. He hopes to keep that number for the Tide in 2009.

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