Day 1: Alabama All-Star Notebook

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than 40 of the state of Alabama's best players have gathered to defend its title in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. The practice week kicked off Tuesday with two practices, and several prospects impressed Scout in the process.

The Alabama team got in two practice sessions on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's All-Star clash with Mississippi's best, and Scout was impressed with several players.

Top Performers

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey

Quick Take: The five-star and top player in the state simply looks smooth no matter his role. During 1-on-1 competition, he rarely lost a rep and often got his hands on the ball with great hips and elite anticipatory skills and route recognition.

Safety Christian Campbell

Quick Take: If Humphrey was the best cover-guy Tuesday, he barely edged Campbell. The three-star got his hands on nearly every pass headed his way, showing the ability to play one-on-one in the slot at the next level if asked to do so. He could be a late riser in the state for this cycle, similar to Johnathan Cook in the 2013 game, who used the week to springboard himself towards an Alabama offer.

Defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth

Quick Take: The South Carolina commitment played inside and outside on this day, making an impact at both. He shows good hand-fighting technique on the interior, and has solid bend while rushing from the edge. Stallworth understands angles and plays without wasted movement more times than not.

Offensive lineman Joshua Casher

Quick Take: Casher may not have lost a rep all day long, and he certainly didn't lose one in the afternoon session. A shorter lineman, he uses his lower center of gravity to his advantage, and then gets to deploy his violent hands soon after. Despite a listed 6-foot-1 frame, he also has long arms that he uses better than most. Casher is committed to Alabama.

Wide receiver Wil Young

Quick Take: Length has always been on his side at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, but he's polished up his route-running and his hands since the summer. Young made several defensive backs seem to be out of position despite being at his hip because of his length, and he has good enough body control to beat you underneath as well.

Running back Racean Thomas

Quick Take: "Roc," an Auburn commitment, always looks impressive with the ball in his hands, and Tuesday was more of the same. He's a top three running back in America for a reason, with excellent vision, burst and a pure will when running the rock.

Linebacker Keith Holcombe

Quick Take: The battle for best coverage linebacker in the state of Alabama will be an Iron Bowl battle all week, as Holcombe looks to hold off Tre Williams for the title. He did so on day one, often running stride-for-stride with wideouts, and he can cover backs out of the backfield just as well. Though his range is probably his best asset, he's also one of the better pass-rushers on the stacked All-Star roster.

Other Observations

Kameron Maye told Scout on Monday that he doesn't have an offers and he wants to prove that he is deserving this week. With precise routes, crisp cuts and very good hands, the wide receiver is on his way to doing so after a day of action. Maye was one of the few to get the better of Humphrey while the defensive backs were allowed to play press coverage near the goalline.

Kendrick Doss, an Ole Miss commitment, has the tools to play several positions at the next level. He is committed as a quarterback and has plenty of arm strength for the gig. His throwing motion isn't the prettiest, but the ball gets to the target more times than not.

The linebacker group on the roster is as loaded as it gets. Five-stars Tre Williams and Rashaan Evans lead the unit and Alabama commitments Shaun Hamilton and Keith Holcombe join them. Throw in South Florida-bound thumper Nick Holman, and it could be a long day for the Mississippi running backs on Saturday.

A pair of defensive tackles on the roster -- Jalen Harvey and Braxton Hoyett -- suffered leg injuries. Harvey's is a hamstring and Hoyett's is a knee, though neither is believed to be serious. Harvey was having a banner day before the injury.

Recruiting Updates

We tackled the bigger storylines in our check-in recruiting notebook (click HERE), but some things slipped through the cracks onto Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Jordan Sims could accept a potential grayshirt offer from Alabama, but he's likely to end up in the SEC either way. However, he's in no rush to pull the trigger. Full story HERE.

Offensive lineman Daniel Keith, who has several FBS offers, says his first in the SEC could be coming from Kentucky. The Wildcats have been showing him late interest.

Offensive lineman Ladarius Wimbush said he was no longer committed to Georgia Southern as he looks to improve his test scores.


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories