Prothro commits to the Tide

With the commitment of Tyrone Prothro, Alabama's 2003 recruiting class is down to a few precious scholarships left to be claimed.

Described as a "lifelong Alabama fan" by Cleburne County High School coach Mike Shortt, Prothro (5-10, 175, 4.44) announced his commitment to the Tide coaches and will sign scholarship papers on National Signing Day.

A multi-talented athlete, who finished his career third all-time in Alabama high school football in terms of all-purpose yards, Tyrone Prothro took his official visit to Alabama last weekend. Along with 8,099 all-purpose yards, Prothro can also boast of 92 career touchdowns.

"He has incredible strength, great speed and tremendous hands," Short said. Prothro is a gifted open-field runner, displaying elusiveness reminiscent of previous Tide great David Palmer. The comparison is unfair, of course, but just to be though of in connection to Palmer illustrates Prothro's potential.

Prothro took his official visit to Alabama last weekend.

During his prep career Prothro has played quarterback, wide receiver and H-Back, and the Heflin native is especially dangerous returning kicks. However, most colleges see him as a defensive back--specifically at cover corner.

"He can play so many different positions," Shortt said. "But he's got ‘NFL cornerback' written all over him."

Forty times in college recruiting are often exaggerated, but Prothro's 4.44 is likely legitimate. As a junior he finished second in the state in both the 100- and the 200-meters in track for class 4A. On the hardwood, he averaged 17.8 points per game that year.

Prothro's recruitment came down to an in-state battle between Alabama and Auburn, but his childhood allegiance proved key. "That made it easier for him," Shortt acknowledged.

Prothro's senior stats include 1,902 rushing yards on 245 carries for 28 touchdowns. As a receiver he totaled 405 yards and four TDs. His kick return production was down somewhat, mainly because opposing coaches chose to kick out of bounds rather than give him a chance. Prothro finished his senior yards with 2,609 all-purpose yards and was responsible for 33 touchdowns.

He sports a 39-inch vertical jump and bench presses 355 pounds and squats 510. Academics are a concern, but Shortt says Prothro has a "good shot" at qualifying.

Current Tide defensive end, Todd Bates, is a former teammate and close friend of Prothro's.

NOTE: Indications are that Northport's Terrance Jones is also very close to committing.

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