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Alabama signed four-star G Deonte Brown in April.

Brown checks in on the ESPN 300 at No. 126, one spot below fellow Bama signee ATH Trevon Diggs. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 340-pound Brown drew interest from Louisville, Mississippi State and Boston College (among others) at various points in the early process, but this was never in doubt. ESPN calls him a "prospect with the tools to be a very good college OG. He brings size, strength and toughness." On the more critical side, they believe Brown "[n]eeds to continue to develop and be sounder and more consistent with technique." He's already got the right measurements, at least.
Feb 4 - 5:21 PM

Alabama signed four-star ATH Trevon Diggs.

Diggs bypassed the hoopla of National Signing Day by inking his NLI in late January. The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder hails from Gaithersberg, Maryland, and ESPN 300 sees him projecting out to either safety or wide receiver, depending on how the Tide feel like employing their latest four-star weapon. He checks in at No. 125 on ESPN's list, with the outlet writing that Diggs' tools "provide for tremendous clay to mold."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 4:57 PM

Four-star Alabama LB Ben Davis indicated that he hopes to earn freshman All-American honors in 2016.

Said Davis, who signed a NLI with Alabama on Wednesday, "I want to be a freshman All-American, be a team leader always and run around and make plays." The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder has the talent to do that, too, ranking as Scout.com's No. 1 linebacking prospect thanks to his desired frame and physical gifts. Davis isn't resting on those alone, though. "I'm going to be coachable," he said. "I know I don't know everything yet so I will just continue grinding, stay humble and just work hard."
Source: al.com
Feb 4 - 3:21 PM

Alabama finished with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class.

All four of the most prominent recruiting services' composite rankings pegged Alabama No. 1. Alabama, ranked around No. 10 by those sites heading into the day, vaulted up the rankings on Wednesday's Signing Day, earning the signatures of five-star prospects LB Ben Davis, LB Mack Wilson, OL Charles Baldwin and OL Jonah Williams. In all, they landed 19 four- or five-star recruits, including four-star CB Shyheim Carter. "A good sized corner who plays bigger and faster than his listed measurables suggest," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Strong and physical both in pass coverage and run support. Runs well for his size showing very good football speed and range. Perhaps not a true burner but speed is not an issue and he offers great range."
Source: USA Today
Feb 3 - 5:59 PM

Four-star CB Jared Mayden signed with Alabama.

Mayden called the recruiting process an "amazing" experience for himself and his family. "It was an honor to know programs recognized my character as a person, student, and athlete enough to envision me being a part of their future success," Mayden said, adding, "That confidence should never be taken lightly on any level." A key turning point in his recruitment came when Jeremy Pruitt joined the Alabama staff as defensive coordinator in the wake of Kirby Smart's exit. Mayden specifically mentioned his affinity for Pruitt as a coach and person.
Source: Rivals.com
Feb 3 - 4:48 PM

Four-star DE Terrell Hall signed with Alabama.

Rankings war! While Scout.com tabs Hall as their No. 267 recruit, ESPN 300's higher. Much higher. The Worldwide Leader ranks him at No. 47. That's a discrepancy of 220 slots. Yowza. As for what the 6-foot-6, 254-pounder can do on the field, Scout notes that he offers a nice explosive element. They also see him as athletic enough to drop back into coverage if necessary. Hall explained his decision to join the Tide. "You’re getting coached by the best and after football the connections are strong. Coach Saban is very powerful and he can get you a lot of connections after football," Hall said, "especially in what I want to major in, which is sports journalism and broadcasting."
Source: Rivals.com
Feb 3 - 4:31 PM

Four-star ILB Lyndell "Mack" Wilson signed with Alabama.

The 6-foot-2, 236-pound Wilson chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia. He is ranked by Scout as the No. 46 player in the 2016 class and the No. 2 inside linebacker. The Under Armour All-American checks in at No. 34 in ESPN's rankings. "Wilson has the tools be a disruptive and well-rounded outside linebacker at the next level," the site noted. "If Wilson gains more defensive coverage experience, he could continue to see his stock rise."
Feb 3 - 3:29 PM

Four-star LB Ben Davis signed with Alabama.

Depending on your outlet of choice, Davis is either a four or five-star recruit. That's just quibbling, though. Really, he's a through and through stud regardless of arbitrary star rankings. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder out of Gordo, Alabama, is the No. 1 linebacking prospect by Scout.com and the No. 2 at his position by ESPN 300. Scout's analysts refer to him as a "jumbo-athlete," one who "has [the] ideal frame to be a big inside linebacker in college with the ability to rush the quarterback and stuff the run." Both his parents went to Alabama and his father, Wayne Davis, still holds the program record for career tackles.
Feb 3 - 1:00 PM

Four-star T Scott Lashley committed to Alabama on Tuesday.

Lashley had himself a nifty little ceremony on Tuesday, choosing between hats from Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder sported a bow tie, a pair of square glasses and his soon-to-be-nationally-beloved frizzy hairdo. Fashion aside, he sided with Alabama. If his name sounds familiar, it's probably because you saw viral material of the big man playing pop-a-shot with Nick Saban. Alabama hasn't been nearly as noisy as LSU or Ole Miss this recruiting cycle, but if they can scoop a few more late commitments, they might roar yet. ESPN 300 believes Lashley won't be seeing a ton of in-game reps during the early going, as he's not yet close to a finished product.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 2 - 11:29 PM

Alabama DL Jarran Reed was the fourth-best prospect ESPN's Todd McShay evaluated at the Senior Bowl.

"Reed got double- and triple-teamed a bunch this week in team drills, but as was his M.O. at Alabama, he excelled at occupying blockers and got free to penetrate the backfield on multiple occasions," McShay wrote. During the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, NFL Network's Charles Davis tweeted "Motor! Motor! Motor!" in reference to the former Tide star. Allen logged 56 tackles, 4.5 TFL, one sack, two pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in 2015.
Feb 2 - 4:25 PM

Alabama LB Reggie Ragland proved to scouts that he can do more than crash running lanes at the Senior Bowl.

"We already knew he could stuff the run, but this week has been a good opportunity for Ragland to show off his pass-rushing ability," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote. "An underrated athlete at 259 pounds, Ragland routinely beat RBs and O-linemen off the edge." The analyst ranked Ragland as the third-best prospect he saw at the Senior Bowl. A former NFC scouting director guaranteed to NFL.com last week Ragland is going to go in Rd. 1. "He's a throwback linebacker, but he's going to get drafted in the first (round) because he has rush ability, too," the ex-scouting director said. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says Ragland will be an immediate NFL starter and is "a top-20 pick all day long."
Feb 2 - 1:53 PM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks ranks Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson as the No. 1 DT prospect.

"A'Shawn Robinson is a monster interior defender with the size, strength and length to dominate opponents as a one- or three-technique," Brooks writes. This seems to be a common sentiment among those connected with NFL evaluators, but "small draft" questions Robinson's effectiveness as anything more than a run defender. Specializing is not a bad thing, but Robinson might just be a two down player who leaves the field in obvious passing situations.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 11:19 AM

Four-star CB Nigel Knott committed to Alabama.

"Knott is a lean corner and he needs to add weight and strength, but he is very fast, a quick-twitch athlete, and he a defensive back with his best football ahead of him," Scout noted in a prospect report. "Speed is his best trait and he really recovers well in coverage. Still raw overall and has to improve his play on and off the ball, but the skill-set is there and he has a lot of potential. His length is a strength and he has very loose hips." Knott only weighs 174 pounds, which hinders his ability to jam and hold up against the run. He'll need to bulk up. Nick Saban's staff should be able to pack on some muscle in the weight room.
Source: Scout
Feb 1 - 5:55 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that while Alabama DL Jarran Reed "wasn't flashy during the [Senior Bowl]," he proved to be "stout and bullied blockers most of the game."

Brugler saw the same thing on Reed while watching game film from the season--just a consistent metronome of solid play. As for Saturday's Senior Bowl, the analyst wrote that the 6-foot-4, 313-pound prospect "used his powerful hands to stack-and-shed at the point of attack and keep the middle of the field clogged up." During the fourth quarter, NFL Network's Charles Davis tweeted "Motor! Motor! Motor!" in regards to the former Tide standout. Reed's a likely first-round selection in this spring's draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 2:57 PM

ESPN recruitment analyst Tom Luginbill called four-star Alabama DT commitment Kendell Jones a "monster in the middle and the ideal two-gap defensive lineman with his immovable strength and stature."

"Monster" might be understating it. Before he's played in a single Alabama practice, Jones (No. 133 on the ESPN 300) already tips the scales at 6-foot-5, 361 pounds. Luginbill loves that size, but cautions that the Killeen, Texas, native "needs to actually watch his bulk to ensure that the anchor does not become too heavy, affecting his endurance and snaps outside of early run downs."
Jan 31 - 12:54 PM


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