QuarterbacksThe offense is led by Hueytown's Jameis Winston who is ranked a five-star. Winston is committed to Florida State, but he is taking official visits. He was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend for a visit with Alabama. He is also keeping in touch with Auburn and LSU.
Jonathan Wallace, three-star from Phenix City-Central, is committed to Southern Miss. Wallace helped his team reach the Class 6A semi-finals before losing to eventual state champion Prattville.
Running backsT.J. Yeldon, National 100 member and Auburn commitment from Daphne, Ala., had an incredible senior season putting up impressive numbers every week. Yeldon took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, but he is expected to sign with the Tigers and enroll in January.
The Alabama team will have four other players available to use in the backfield including Troymaine Pope, from Anniston, who is a frontrunner for Class 4A Back of the Year. Brandon Burks, athlete from Daleville and Troy commitment, can move from running back to wide receiver. DeAnte Lawrence, from Prattville and Southern Miss commitment, can play on either side of the ball. He expects to play running back in this game. Kalif Koen, running back from Foley, Ala., is one to keep a close eye on this week.
Wide receiversCameron Broadnax, from Hueytown, will team up with his quarterback Jameis Winston. Broadnax has the size at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds to create mis-matches on the outside. He is hearing from several schools and has a scholarship offer from Samford.
Cody Core, wide receiver and Troy commitment from Auburn, is another 6-foot-3, 190-pound target who has tremendous speed to go along with his size. Parker Barrineau, wide receiver from Tuscaloosa-American Christian, has accepted an invited walk-on from Alabama. He is a sure-handed receiver who runs great routes. Justin Burdette, from Clay-Chalkville, had a big senior season and hoping to make a statement this week. Bob Pugh, wide receiver from Foley, has excellent speed and also a track star.
Tight endJonathan Curry, three-star from Phenix City-Central, is the only tight end listed on the roster. Curry is an impressive 6-foot-3, 222-pounder who is committed to Purdue. He will also join his former quarterback Jonathan Wallace in this game.
Offensive linemenSix of the eight offensive linemen who have been selected to participate are players who have already announced their college decisions. Caleb Gulledge, three-star from Prattville and Alabama commitment, is the only SEC committed player. Gulledge was originally recruited by the Tide as a defensive lineman. He has been a standout guard the past two seasons for the Class 6A state champions.
Caleb Peterson, three-star guard from Auburn and Southern Miss commitment, turned down several BCS scholarship offers to join his brother in Hattiesburg. Kyron Samuels, three-star center from Fairhope, has several scholarship offers with the most recent from Minnesota.
South Alabama has a pair of commitments on the line with Daniel Aust, offensive guard from Hoover and Steven Foster, offensive guard from Demopolis. Samford commitment Ben Tamburello, center from Spain Park, is the only Bulldog commitment. Michael Flint, three-star guard from Oxford, is a former Auburn commitment. Georgia Tech and Tennessee are strong contenders for his signature. Aaron Thomas, offensive tackle from Dothan, is committed to Georgia State.
Defensive lineAlabama commitment Darius Philon, three-star from Vigor, and Auburn commitment Tyler Nero, four-star from Atmore-Escambia County, are two very active, aggressive players on the defenisve line. Philon tore his right meniscus a few weeks ago, but played in the Super Six state championship on Thursday. He is expected to participate in this game.
Alphonse Taylor, four-star from Davidson, is one of the biggest players in the South. The Florida State commitment is projected to play on the offensive line in Tallahassee. He may end up playing on the offenisve side of the ball in this game, but is listed among the defensive linemen. He will play defensive tackle in this game if he remains on defense.
Opelika brings two defensive linemen to Montgomery in Vanderbilt commitment Torey Agee who is expected to play end, and Jamario Alford who will play tackle. Alford is hearing from several schools and seeking more attention.
LinebackersThe linebacker unit looks like a group who could play in national all-star games led by three Alabama commitments including Reggie Ragland, five-star from Bob Jones, Tyler Hayes, four-star from Thomasville and Ryan Anderson, three-star from Daphne. The three Tide commitments are big, fast and very physical. Beniquez Brown, four-star from Florence, is another highly-touted recruit. Brown is down to Mississippi State and Tennessee.
A couple of other players who are commmitments include Larry Pettaway, linebacker from Blount, to UAB and Joseph Peterson, linebacker from Dothan to Georgia State. Terris Lewis, linebacker from Linden, helped his team reach the Class 1A finals this year.
Defensive backsFour players working in the secondary this year have announced their college decisions. Mississippi State commitment Kivon Coman, cornerback from Florence, had a summer and senior season to establish himself as one of the best cover guys in the state. He will play against some of his future teammates on the Mississippi team. Jacoby Glenn, cornerback from Vigor, is a Kentucky commitment. Kelton Brackett, cornerback from Blount, is committed to UAB while Derrick Moncrief, safety from Prattville, is committed to Southern Miss. Moncrief is also pursued by other schools including Arkansas.
Trae Elston, three-star cornerback from Oxford, is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state. Elston is a standout receiver who could play on the offensive side of the ball on the next level. His favorites include Clemson, Tennessee and LSU. Chris Humes, three-star cornerback from Spain Park, has a handful of scholarship offers. He remains uncommitted.