Class sports offensive talent

The state of Alabama was loaded with offensive talent this year, and the Tide picked up plenty of skill players in this year's class. Several of the signees can play more than one position, but at least nine are likely slated for offense.

Matt Caddell (pictured above), WR/KR

5-11, 170, McCalla, McAdory HS

Considered one of the top three receivers in the state, Caddell is also an extraordinary kick returner. Lightning quick with the ability to make tacklers miss, Caddell was a dominant open-field runner in high school. He has excellent hands, but Caddell is most dangerous after the catch. An excellent student, Caddell is a very intelligent young man, who picked the Tide after careful research.

Matt helped McAdory to a 9-3 record as a senior. He was No. 8 on the The Tuscaloosa News' Sweet 16 list. He was rated the No. 12 prep prospect in Alabama by BorderWars. In his career he tied the state and national records with 12 punt returns for touchdowns. As a senior, he did a little bit of everything. He caught 14 passes for an average of 27 yards a catch, rushed for 828 yards and eight touchdowns, and returned four punts for touchdowns. As a free safety he made three interceptions. Matt accounted for 15 total touchdowns his senior season. He played on every special team, returned punts and kickoffs, offense and defense for McAdory. During his junior campaign, Matt caught 27 passes for 493 yards and six TDs. He also rushed for over 300 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he registered 40 tackles and one interception. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

Chris Capps, OL

6-6, 260, Fairburn, GA, Landmark Christian HS

Chris Capps

In the final weeks of the recruiting season Alabama was looking to sign one more offensive lineman, and Capps turned out to be the man. Capps has prototype size for a collegiate lineman, and after a year or two in the weight room should be a major contributor for the Tide. The previous staff did not offer him, and Capps originally committed to Oklahoma State. But when the new staff contacted him, offering an official visit, Capps immediately reconsidered. Capps' mother grew up in Northport and is an Alabama fan. Plus, Capps has several relatives living in and around Tuscaloosa. Capps is a very good student.

Chris was an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A All-State selection his senior year. Chris has room to grow. Capps moves well and has the frame to add several dozen pounds.

Tim Castille, TB

5-11, 220, Birmingham, Briarwood Christian HS

Tim Castille

Definitely the top-rated running back in Alabama this past season, Castille has been a firm commitment to the Tide for several months. Because there was no uncertainty regarding where he would sign, Castille has probably not received the publicity he deserves in recent months. But no one doubts that he is one of the top three prospects in the entire state. He spent time during his official visit watching film with Coach Price, learning what his role will be in the one-back offense. Castille is the son of former Tide All-America Jeremiah Castille, who now works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Tuscaloosa. Tim's younger brother, Simeon, will be a top recruit next season. Very intelligent, Castille is an excellent student.

Tim was No. 2 on The Birmingham News' Super Seniors list. He was rated Alabama's No. 9 prep prospect by BorderWars. As an eighth-grader playing wide receiver, Tim caught 65 passes for 1,194 yards and 11 touchdowns as Briarwood went undefeated and won the state title. As a junior, he had 913 yards and 22 TDs on 130 carries and also caught 55 passes for 825 yards and 12 touchdowns. Playing with a strained knee most of the season, Tim had 875 yards on 158 carries and nine touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 308 yards and one TD. For his career, Castille amassed 243 receptions for 4,122 yards and 41 TDs. He had 163 career touchdowns.

D.J. Chambers, WR

6-0, 180, Highland Home, Highland Home HS

D.J. Chambers

With more highly publicized receivers headed to out-of-state schools, Chambers' solid commitment to the Tide has been very important. He has the athleticism to also possibly project at cornerback, but sources say he'll start on offense. Chambers was also effective returning kicks. An excellent all-around athlete, Chambers could very well be a high draft choice in the Major League Baseball draft. Chambers has some work to do academically, but qualifying is within reach.

D.J. helped Highland Home to a 10-2 record as he rushed for 711 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 389 receiving yards, eight TDs and was the Alabama 2A "Back of the Year". On defense, he had six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He played runningback, quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs his junior season. During that campaign, he accounted for 33 touchdowns.

Cliff Davis, QB

6-5, 210, Eupora, MS, Eupora HS

Cliff Davis

Davis played for Eupora High School in Eupora, Mississippi, passing for 1,989 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season. As a junior he passed for over 1,500 yards. Heading into this season Davis was projected by some recruiting analysts to be a top prospect, but for whatever reason interest fell off. Alabama got in on him late, but Davis switched his commitment from Arkansas State to the Tide in the end. Davis hopes to play football and baseball for the Tide. He says his best pitch is a fastball, and claims to have hit as high as 94 mph on the radar gun. Similar in size to Ryan Leaf and Drew Bledsoe, Davis is the prototype Mike Davis quarterback.

Cliff led 2A Eupora to a 13-2 record. He was intercepted just six times. As a junior, he had 1,533 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. As a pitcher on the baseball team, with a fastball in the low 90s, he had 2.13 ERA with 156 strike-outs. He was a four-year starter at QB.

Le'Ron McClain, FB

6-1, 240, Northport, Tuscaloosa County HS

Le'Ron McClain

Rated one of the two or three best fullback prospects in the entire nation, McClain spent part of his time on his official visit watching film with Coach Price to see where he would fit in the Alabama offense. The one-back offense put McClain off at first, and because of that he seriously considered other schools. But in the end the lure of his hometown school won out. McClain has work to do to get qualified, but he says he'll get the job done.

While helping Tuscaloosa County to a 9-4 record, Le'Ron had 1,071 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on 165 carries. He also had five receptions for 110 yards. He was a Super All-State selection. He was rated the No. 4 prospect in Alabama by BorderWars. As a junior, Le'Ron rushed 135 times for 1,007 yards and 21 TDs. As a starter on defense, he recorded 86 tackles, three sacks and one interception.

Justin Moon, OL

6-6, 300, Guntersville, Guntersville HS

Justin Moon

Moon was recruited hard by the previous staff, and the transition took him by surprise. However, new O-Line Coach Bobby Connelly has made an excellent impression on him, and he remained solidly committed to the Tide. "I've talked to Coach Connelly a lot," West said. "He's a good coach." Moon is a powerful run blocker, who could project at either guard or tackle in college. Moon is a very good student, so qualifying will be no problem.

A relentless worker, Justin earned All-Region, All-County and All-State, first-team honors his senior season. As a junior, Moon was selected All-Region and All-County while playing right tackle for head coach Phil Isom. He has quick feet, is a hard worker and he is very intelligent. Moon runs a 5.28 40. He carries a 3.7 GPA.

Will Roach, WR/FS

6-1, 195, Killen, Brooks HS

Will Roach

Another key athlete who committed fairly early in the process, Roach probably didn't get the attention he deserved. Roach could end up playing any of several positions in college. Given Alabama's need at wide receiver, he will likely get an early look there. But like his brother, current Tide linebacker Freddie Roach, Will relishes physical play, and safety could be his ultimate destination. An excellent all-around athlete with good size, Roach was rated the No. 9 rated safety prospect in the nation, as ranked by TheInsiders.com. Roach is a very good student.

Accounting for 15 total touchdowns his senior season, William rushed for 973 yards and passed for another 176 yards. He had 6,199 all-purpose yards in his career. On defense, he had 53 tackles and three interceptions from his safety spot. He was an All-County and honorable mention All-State selection. As a junior, he missed the first half of the season with a knee injury, but returned to play quarterback the latter part of the season. He finished with 817 passing yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 301 yards and five TDs. William had three brothers involved in football at Alabama, Tim and Quinten Bowens and current Tide star Freddie Roach.

Travis West, OL

6-4, 295, Laurel, MS, Northeast Jones HS

Travis West

An early commitment to Alabama, West held firm through the coaching change and long months of recruiting. West is an excellent run blocker with the ability to develop in pass protection. Like virtually every offensive lineman, West will probably need a year in the weight room to mature. But he should be a solid lineman for the Tide. West is a solid student and should qualify with no problem.

Another hard-working offensive lineman, Travis is a very intelligent offensive lineman. Travis was a three-year starter for Northeast Jones.


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