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Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Hoffman noted that Alabama five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris "shines all around; catching the ball, running with the ball, you name it."

Alabama currently has Harris in their recruiting net, but this is not yet a slam dunk. Per Hoffman, "Ohio State, UCLA and Washington continue to make a push for him." Harris, himself, said in March that he is "still open to everybody" and that "anything can happen." The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Antioch, California, ranks as ESPN 300's No. 4 prospect for the 2017 cycle, noting that he is a "big, powerful runner with exceptional body control that has the sneaky burst and long speed to make big plays."
May 23 - 5:45 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread ranked Alabama graduate WR Gehrig Dieter at No. 13 in running down his favorite impact transfers for 2016.

Dieter joined the defending champs in a mid-February transfer from Bowling Green. Wrote Goodbread, "If he claims a role similar to last year's grad transfer, Richard Mullaney, he'll play extensively in the slot and make a big difference for OC Lane Kiffin." Last season, Dieter logged a 94-1033-10 receiving line playing in Bowling Green's prolific offense. If Alabama settles on the right quarterback starter (Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman appear to be the true contenders in that game of thrones), they could field a potentially lethal passing offense in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 4:39 PM

Alabama moved redshirt sophomore G Ross Pierschbacher to center.

He's replacing Ryan Kelly. Pierschbacher, the No. 1 guard in the 2014 recruiting class, started all 15 games at LG last year for the national champs. Though he did't surrender a sack, Pierschbacher gave up 17 pressures and actually drew negative PFF grades in both run and pass blocking. "His propensity to stop his feet on contact on both run and pass plays left him at times unable to sustain blocks, and this is something he will need to improve upon considerably, especially considering how quickly defenders will be able to get into him off the snap," Josh Liskiewitz wrote. If Cam Robinson gets suspended, Alabama's line will return only two 2015 starters, Pierschbacher and G Alphonse Taylor. It's the one area of the team that's a big open question heading into the fall.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Alabama five-star 2017 T Alex Leatherwood said that he "like[s] Florida a lot."

Leatherwood has been committed to Alabama since June of last year. That commitment remains, but sometimes the heart wanders. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder visited Florida in the spring and came away gushing. "I like the offense and I like the players there. I like everything about Florida," he said. Leatherwood ranks as ESPN 300's No. 9 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He indicated that while the mental framework of his hierarchy is not yet locked into place, he is interested in Michigan, Miami, LSU and USC in addition to Florida and Alabama. He should make his final choice around December, as he plans on early enrollment with whatever school ultimately lands him.
May 20 - 6:05 PM

Speaking at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am on Wednesday, Alabama HC Nick Saban refused to dive into detail in regard to the arrest of T Cam Robinson.

"We [discipline] internally, it’s not something that we do publicly and we’re not gonna do it today," Saban said. Robinson and DB Hootie Jones are scheduled for a June 16 arraignment hearing regarding weapons charges stemming from their Tuesday arrest in West Monroe, Louisiana. Saban wouldn't delve into specifics, but did at least hint at his mindset, saying, "Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful."
May 20 - 4:12 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht believes that "the gap between [Alabama and Clemson] is likely to widen this year rather than shrink."

"This may sound like blindly giving Alabama the benefit of the doubt," Becht wrote, "but when a program has recruited as well as Nick Saban's has—two No. 1-ranked classes, a No. 2-ranked class and a No. 4-ranked class in the last four years, according to Scout.com—it’s earned it." The analyst still predictably loves Clemson's offense, but expressed concern in regards to their secondary after Mackenzie Alexander, Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green all absconded to the NFL. Four-star S Van Smith of this most recent recruiting class is the only four-star player at that position that Clemson has brought in over the last three recruiting cycles.
May 20 - 3:03 PM

The arraignment hearing on weapons possession charges for Alabama T Cam Robinson and DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones has been scheduled for June 16.

At the arraignment, Robinson and Jones will formally hear the charges being levied against them and will have the opportunity to enter their pleas. The pair was arrested on Tuesday morning in West Monroe, Louisiana. They are facing misdemeanor charges of illegal carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession, while Robinson also faces an additional felony charge for possession of a stolen firearm.
May 20 - 12:18 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney hears that both Alabama redshirt junior QB Cooper Bateman and redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett could play in 2016.

Haney laid out one potential plan that he has heard from those close to the Tide program. "Bateman, the more experienced option, starts the opener against USC -- and Barnett, the youngster with a higher ceiling, eventually takes over during the SEC season," he wrote. Alabama has been notorious in dragging their heels before naming a starter in recent years. Don't expect this situation to resolve itself before August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:09 PM

Alabama players passionately defended recently arrested T Cam Robinson and DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones on social media.

Robinson and Jones were arrested Tuesday and hit with charges stemming from the stolen gun and marijuana that were found in the car they occupied. "I know both of them personally neither one of them would just steal a gun," S Ronnie Harrison wrote on Twitter. "Let's be real." Among other Twitter posts, DL Da'Shawn Hand said: "You can do a million things right. As soon as you make one mistake you magically just become a menace to Society... Don't make sense." Added Tre' Dunn: "Praying for my brothers, man they some good dudes! They not how the media is portraying them to be [shaking my head]." Robinson, who had eight knockdown blocks in Alabama's two playoff games against Michigan State and Clemson alone, is one of the most dominant and valuable players in college football. Jones was a 2014 four-star recruit.
Source: AL.com
May 19 - 4:49 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Alabama No. 1 in the nation heading into the summer.

The ranking was published Wednesday, after news of Cam Robinson's arrest. "Even though they’ve lost 5,079 defensive snaps to the NFL, they return eight players in their front-seven who played at least 180 snaps and graded positively, including two pass-rush forces in DT Jonathan Allen and the nation’s most efficient snap-for-snap pass rusher in OLB Tim Williams," Steve Palazzolo wrote. Offensively, QBs Cooper Bateman or former Elite 11 champion Blake Barnett will have an outstanding supporting cast to work with. "[The Tide] will be right in the mix for the National Championship once again," Palazzolo wrote.
May 18 - 7:03 PM

Per a Ouachita Parish Sheriff's spokesman, Alabama T Cam Robinson and backup defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones were released on bond Tuesday.

The spokesman was unaware of the bail amount. Robinson and Jones were arrested in their hometown of West Monroe, La. early Tuesday morning and charged with misdemeanor marijuana and handgun possession violations. In addition, Robinson, the driver, was also hit with a felony charge of illegal possession of stolen firearms (a stolen gun was found under his seat). For that last charge, the All-SEC left tackle faces "not less than one year nor more than five years" in prison, per Louisiana law. The university along with HC Nick Saban is declining specific comment until they learn more.
Source: AL.com
May 18 - 5:04 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote of Alabama senior TE O.J. Howard that "[s]couts have a tendency to remember national title breakout performances."

Howard had himself something of a breakthrough game against Clemson, racking up five catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior should theoretically see increased touches in 2016, with HC Nick Saban going so far in January as to say that it was "bad coaching" to not utilize his stud tight end more. Prior to that huge title game performance, Howard did not surpass 70 yards receiving or catch a touchdown in any one game. Rang ranks him as the No. 5 senior prospect in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 12:54 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Alabama T Cam Robinson's "past mistakes could prove to be costly on draft weekend."

"A misdemeanor drug charge is a serious offense," Brugler noted, "but not one that will completely torpedo a player's draft stock. However, a felony weapons charge is a different story so Robinson's explanation for the stolen handgun will be obviously crucial." How much Robinson's Tuesday morning arrest actually effects his draft stock should depend largely on how the case against him unfolds. Right now, it is far too early to make draft prognostications. The 6-foot-6, 323-pounder has more things to worry about than the 2017 draft at this point.
Source: CBS Sports
May 17 - 9:16 PM

The felony charge levied against Alabama T Cam Robinson related to a handgun that had been reported as being stolen from Baldwin, Alabama.

This, according to the police report on the incident. If convicted, the top tackle prospect would face at least a year in prison. He is also facing misdemeanor marijuana and handgun possession charges after being arrested in a West Monroe, Louisiana, park on Tuesday morning along with DB teammate Hootie Jones.
May 17 - 8:47 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman argues that Alabama junior T Cam Robinson was the player the Tide could "least afford to lose on its 2016 roster."

He's probably right. While arguments could be made for DL Jon Allen, edge rusher Tim Williams or WR Calvin Ridley, the Tide have far more depth behind those players than they do behind Robinson. There's the fact, too, of Alabama tailoring its entire offense around Robinson's skill set, specifically his mauling brand of run blocking. "He's a great left tackle," one SEC defensive line coach said. "He is a hell of a player. He's not as good as (Laremy Tunsil) was as a pass protector. but he's physical and big and strong in the run game. He's definitely got first-round talent." Alabama lost All-American center Ryan Kelly and RT Dominick Jackson to the NFL and now faces the prospect of losing Robinson to criminal charges.
Source: FOX Sports
May 17 - 7:43 PM


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