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John Garcia, Jr.'s look at the top class of 2017 prospects in Alabama

The state of Alabama will again feature more than 100 FBS signees in 2017. This is John Garcia, Jr.’s postseason list of the best.

The Yellowhammer State continues to produce top-level talent and the class of 2017 in Alabama is one of the deepest in history. Dozens of seniors are already committed to FBS college programs and several have been able to showcase their talent on the regional and even national stage over the last month or so. 

Below is the final Alabama 100 of the cycle, a mark of the top 100 prospects in the state, based on the evaluation of John Garcia, Jr. The list is independent from that of Scout.com’s current rankings and excludes specialists. 


1. DL LaBryan Ray - James Clemens. What more can be said about the do-everything defensive end? He's an All-American who looked like it on and off the field every time we've seen him over the last year or so. Ray can be sold as a pure pass-rusher with great bend and technique off of the edge but he's become so much more. The senior can play inside, as he did all week as an Under Armour All-American, and he has a relentless motor on top of strong ability to finish with power once he meets the ball carrier. Ray is the crown jewel of the state's recruits and it hasn't been particularly close for some time.  


2. LB Tadarian Moultry - Jackson-Olin (committed to Auburn). The story of Moultry, overcoming a gunshot wound before multiple positions changes, has finally become secondary because his play has owned most of the conversation surrounding him. He is a dynamic defender no matter if he lines up in the secondary, on the second-level or even on the edge, where he's shown promise as both an Alabama All-Star and U.S. Army All-American. As he adds bulk to his frame he maintains an elite level of athleticism that can suit several positions on a defense and there's not a more explosive striker in all of Alabama than the future Auburn Tiger.


3. WR Henry Ruggs - Lee-Montgomery. Much has been made about Ruggs' lack of high school experience, playing varsity for just two years, but the basketball lover was a youth football legend in Montgomery and it was because of his wow plays. As a junior he flashed more of the same and took it to the next level as a senior, but what has him among the biggest movers not only within the state, but nationally, is the fact that he's also polished up his game. Ruggs, who competed in multiple all-star settings of late, was one of the more reliable wide receivers in America in addition to be one of the most explosive. Ruggs' game is closer to being a complete one and once he fills out and adds strength he will be that much closer to unstoppable.


4. LB Markail Benton - Central-Phenix City (committed to Alabama). Since his freshman year Benton has been the man in the middle for one of the most talented defenses in the state and it was much of the same for him as a senior despite several injuries. A balanced linebacker who can play the run and the pass well with some force upon contact, Benton has shined no matter the venue throughout his prep career. Once healed and into a collegiate lifting and nutrition program he may be able to play any one of a number of linebacker spots at the next level.


5. OL Austin Troxell - Madison Academy (committed to Auburn). The towering athlete was the preseason No. 1 in the state but suffered a second ACL tear soon thereafter. Troxell has the size and athleticism to play in the SEC and he had been polishing up his technique as a premiere pass-blocker before that point. It may take a bit longer to make an impact than previously considered, but the multi-sport standout has the ability to play either tackle spot on an offensive line.


6. WR Nico Collins - Clay-Chalkville. Collins, who capped his career with a week in Hawaii as a Polynesian Bowl selection, has been steady among the top prospects in Alabama for some time. A larger wide receiver who has excellent hands and is better after the catch than given credit for, has displayed consistency and physicality as he's grown into his 6-foot-5 frame. Collins can challenge most defensive backs at the high point and he is a willing blocker on the edge. It wouldn't surprise to see him playing early and often at the next level.


7. OL Kendall Randolph - Bob Jones (committed to Alabama). Randolph came into his own this postseason with great efforts during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star and Army All-American practice weeks. He is perhaps by far the best pass-blocking lineman in the state but he showed the ability to supplement it with good movement and power as a run blocker against some premiere prospects over the last six weeks. Randolph will need to add bulk to his frame and continue to get stronger at the point of attack, but his athleticism, patience and length can make for a tackle or guard at the next level.


8. LB Thomas Johnston - Spanish Fort. The state's all-time leading tackler, few seniors have been as productive as Johnston over a varsity career. He can play assignment football all day long, but don't let his appearance indicate a lack of athleticism or versatility. He has offers to play both sides of the football and can run with the best linebackers in the state in addition to showcasing ideal instincts against both the run and the pass. Johnston can play downhill or sideline to sideline as a second-level defender in most schemes.  


9. DT Neil Farrell - Murphy (committed to LSU). The race for the top interior defensive lineman in the state was a good one, with Farrell edging out the competition because of his size and power flashes. He can show more consistency, but he is stout at the point of attack, forceful when meeting the ball carrier and he has some developed moves in between. Farrell is fluid enough as an athlete to play inside and out depending on down and distance, but he will thrive as a classic 3-technique once he puts on good weight at the next level.


10. ATH Chadarius Townsend - Tanner (committed to Alabama). The top athlete in the state is Townsend and it wouldn't surprise many to see him excel on offense or defense at the next level. He's got a solid frame and is somewhat filled out already, lending many to believe his quarterback background and elite speed combine best at the wide receiver position. Others, including those at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, feel his ball skills and physicality are tailor-made to play defensive back. Either way, Townsend's ceiling isn't' close to being reached as a skill position player.

11.   DE Ryan Johnson – St. Pauls

12.   RB Brian Robinson – Hillcrest (Alabama)

13.   ATH Kadarius Toney – Blount (Florida)

14.   DB Kendarian Handy-Holly – Jackson

15.   WR Noah Igbinoghene – Hewitt-Trussville (Auburn)

16.   DB Kyriq McDonald – James Clemens (Alabama)

17.   DE Alec Jackson – Jefferson Davis (Auburn)

18.   DB Malcolm Askew – McAdory (Auburn)

19.   LB Monty Rice – James Clemens (Georgia)

20.   RB Alaric Williams – Southside Gadsden (Auburn)

21.   LB Will Ignont – Buckhorn (Tennessee)

22.   DL Justin Thomas – Spanish Fort (LSU)

23.   LB Jamal Brooks – Bessemer City (Missouri)

24.   LB Kendric Haynes - Murphy

25.   QB Daulton Hyatt – Etowah (Arkansas)

26.   ATH Jaylond Adams – Minor

27.   CB Zyon Gilbert – Jeff Davis

28.   LB K.J. Britt – Oxford (Auburn)

29.   ATH JaTarvious Whitlow– Lafayette

30.   RB Damon Williams – Gadsden City

31.   DB Jordyn Peters – Muscle Shoals (Auburn)

32.   DB J'Marick Woods – Florence (Michigan)

33.   OT Toryque Bateman – Gadsden City

34.   TE Zechariah Byrd – Stanhope Elmore (Florida)

35.   CB A.J. Harris – Bob Jones (Mississippi)

36.   LB Sterling Jones – St. James

37.   ATH Leonard Johnson – Hayden (Duke)

38.   OL Rakavius Chambers – Opelika (Duke)

39.   ATH Malik Cunningham – Park Crossing (Louisville)

40.   LB Colin Anderson – Brooks (Vanderbilt)

41.   OL Khalil Keith – Winterboro

42.   WR Marlon Williams – McGil-Toolen

43.   QB Jacob Free – Brantley (Vanderbilt)

44.   OL/DL Jakari Robinson – Munford (Cincinnati)

45.   OL Hunter Brannon – Cullman (Alabama)

46.   CB Marcus Jones – Enterprise

47.   RB Terence Dunlap – Maplesville

48.   WR Mannie Ford – Sheffield

49.   ATH Tyson Williams - Dothan

50.   RB Jamal Hourel - Andalusia

51.   ATH Troy Young – Mobile Christian (Arizona)

52.   DT Christian Smith – Hewitt-Trussville

53.   ATH Jamar Richardson – Aliceville (Ole Miss)

54.   DE Jamal Woods – Hueytown (Memphis)

55.   ATH Willie Langham – McAdory

56.   LB Kholbe Coleman – Hoover (Bowling Green)

57.   OL Brian Anderson – Montgomery Catholic (North Carolina)

58.   CB WyDale Flott – Saraland (South Alabama)

59.   WR Eugene Minter – Parker

60.   OL Preston Mixon – Jefferson Davis (Florida Atlantic)

61.   ATH Cameron Bright – Park Crossing (Pittsburgh)

62.   OLB Tadarrius Patterson – Carver – Birmingham

63.   WR Jackson Tate – Park Crossing

64.   DE Travon Mathis – Lanett

65.   ATH Reed Blankenship – West Limestone

66.   TE Logan Arnold – Hazel Green (UAB)

67.   RB Valandin Spencer – Fairfield

68.   Mackell Pippen – Jackson-Olin

69.   RB DeKarlos Billingsley – Scottsboro (Troy)

70.   LB Steven Crowder – Gardendale

71.   ATH Davyn Flenord – Central Clay County

72.   RB Alex Thomason – Sylacauga

73.   DB Kobe Griffin – Charles Henderson (UAB)

74.   DB Tamaurice Smith – St. Paul’s (Memphis)

75.   OT Hadon Merchant – Fairhope (South Alabama)

76.   LB Cardell Jones – Carver- Birmingham

77.   ATH Grayson Cash– Hewitt-Trussville (UAB)

78.   OL Mason Langley – Piedmont (Jacksonville State)

79.   DB Tre Young – McGill-Toolen (Troy)

80.   LB Travis Bell – Jefferson Davis (Kennesaw State)

81.   LB Syheim Simmons – Carver-Birmingham

82.   LB John Jenkins – James Clemens

83.   LB Christon Taylor - Hoover

84.   OL JaKerius Wyatt– Autauga Academy

85.   ATH Baniko Harley– Ramsay

86.   QB Connor Adair – Hewitt-Trussville

87.   RB Larry Wooden – Spain Park

88.   OLB Jerry Foster – Athens

89.   QB/ATH Bubba Thompson – McGill-Toolen

90.   LB Dakota Chapman – McAdory (Jacksonville State)

91.   RB C.J. Sturdivant – Hoover 

92.   RB Nicholas Sims – Murphy

93.   WR Brandon Hinton – McGill-Toolen (Air Force)

94.   CB Yul Gowdy – Minor

95.   CB David Acfalle – Hewitt-Trussville (UAB)

96.   DB Caleb Bonner – Pickens County (Arkansas State)

97.   DB Karon Delince – Central Phenix City (Jacksonville State)

98.   ATH Spencer Brown – Mortimer Jordan (UAB)

99.   LB Justin Whisenhunt – Ramsay (UAB)

100. ATH Charles Crawford - Vigor


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