An Early Look: 2010 Alabama Linebackers

We take an early look at some of the names to watch for at the linebacker position for the 2010 football recruiting class.

Jake Holland, MLB, 6-1, 220, Pelham--A linebacker who is at home in the middle but has the quickness to play on the outside and is also a great special teams player, Holland accumulated more than 120 tackles in 11 games last season for the Panthers as a junior.

Barry James

Barry James, MLB, 6-1, 250, Williamson (Mobile)--A true middle linebacker prospect, James is a run stopper who also has the quickness to make plays on the outside. A standout on a team with other talented prospects since his sophomore season, James is looking hard at Auburn, LSU and Clemson among others.

Darius McClain, SLB, 6-2, 225, Charles Henderson (Troy)--Playing alongside Jawara White, McClain gives the Trojans the top one-two punch in the state at the position. A powerful player, he's someone who could become a big-time prospect as the 2009 season unfolds.

C.J. Mosley, SLB, 6-3, 215, Theodore--One of the top defensive players in the Mobile area since his sophomore season, Mosley earned All-State honors as a junior when he had 176 tackles, nine sacks, and 18 tackles for a loss. He also had two interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble return for a score. He had 112 tackles as a sophomore. Mosley has early offers from Auburn, Stanford and several other colleges.

Ladarius Owens

Ladarius Owens, WLB, 6-2, 220, Jess Lanier (Bessemer)--With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Clemson already, Owens is off to a hot start in recruiting before his junior year has even come to an end. Recording 92 tackles with 18 sacks and three forced fumbles, Owens creates havoc as a pass rusher in high school, but because of his speed and quickness he could be on the weak side on the next level.

Craig Sanders, SLB, 6-4, 240, Ariton--A small school player with big-time talent, Sanders is big and fast and can make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Stanford have all extended offers for Sanders, who could also play defensive end. As a junior Sanders rushed for 1,058 yards on 121 carries with 16 touchdowns in only seven games. He caught 13 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He also accounted for 90 tackles, 71 solo, thirty-two for a loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, six interceptions, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and four blocked field goals.

Justin Shade

Justin Shade, WLB, 5-9, 200, Briarwood Christian (Birmingham)--The son of former Alabama standout safety Sam Shade, Justin doesn't have the size of a true linebacker, but is a heady player who always seems to be around the ball. Alabama is the early leader for his services with several other schools in the mix.

Jawara White, WLB, 6-1, 210, Charles Henderson (Troy)-A speedy linebacker with the size to take on blockers and make the play, White received an early offer from Auburn and also has several schools on his list at the moment. Ran a 11.26 100 meter dash in the state championship meet as a sophomore. Earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior.


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