Alabama recruiting capsules
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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TONY BROWN

DB, 6-0, 195, Ozen (Beaumont, Texas)

Comment: Brown has the ability to contribute from the start as the Tide is without clear-cut starters at cornerback. He’s an elite athlete and will also run track.

DAVID CORNWELL

QB, 6-5, 240, Norman North (Norman, Okla.)

Comment: Cornwell has a big arm and all the measurables. He appears to be a born leader.

SHAUN DION HAMILTON

LB, 6-0, 240, Carver (Montgomery)

Comment: Hamilton will play inside linebacker and has the chance to compete for snaps with C.J. Mosley departing.

LAURENCE ‘HOOTIE’ JONES

S, 6-2, 215, Neville (Monroe, La.)

Comment: Jones is one of the top safety prospects in the class. Enrolling early may help him compete for a position left by HaHa Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri leaving early.

D.J. PETTWAY

DL, 6-3, 255, East Mississippi Community College

Comment: Pettway should provide an instant boost to the Tide’s pass rush in his second stint with the team.

JARRAN REED

DL, 6-4, 310, East Mississippi Community College

Comment: Reed is strong enough to play inside while also having the quickness to play defensive end.

CAM ROBINSON

OT, 6-6, 325, West Monroe (Monroe, La.)

Comment: With Cyrus Kouandjio leaving for the draft, Robinson may need to develop immediately to fill the spot at left tackle.

CAM SIMS

WR, 6-4, 200, Ouachita Parish (Monroe, La.)

Comment: Sims has great size and great hands.

DEREK KIEF

WR, 6-5, 197 LaSalle (Cincinnati)

Comment: Kief is a tall, long receiver who could play a role similar to the of Kevin Norwood. Kief excels at making jump-ball catches and has nice hands.

JOHNNY DWIGHT

DT, 6-2.5, 303, Wilcox County (Rochelle, Ga.)

Comment: Dwight has the versatility to play as a defensive end in the 3-4 and defensive tackle in 4-3.

ROSS PIERSCHBACHER

OT/OG, 6-4, 290, Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Commentt: Pierschbacher has the ability to play both guard and tackle which gives Alabama some flexibility on how it wants to use him.

J.C. HASSENAUER

C, 6-2.5, 292, East Ridge (St. Paul, Minn.)

Comment: Hassenauer provides depth at center going forward and also has the ability to play one of the guard spots if necessary.

MONTEL McBRIDE

OG, 6-4, 329, Plant City (Plant City, Fla.)

Comment: McBride has drawn comparisons to former Tide standout Chance Warmack. Both are massive, and like Warmack, McBride is considered to be a mauler in the running game.

DA’SHAWN HAND

DE, 6-4, 265, Woodbridge (Woodbridge, Va.)

Comment: Hand could provide an instant impact in Alabama’s pass rush. With the Tide losing two starters from last season, Hand will have a chance to compete for early playing time.

KEITH HOLCOMBE

OLB/Athlete, 6-4, 210, Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa)

Comment: Holcombe has the ability to play both linebacker and safety. He might be one of the biggest sleepers in this class.

TY FLOURNOY-SMITH

TE, 6-3, 230, Georgia Military College

Comment: Flournoy-Smith could see playing time at H-back. He is more of a pass catching threat than a blocker, which could create matchup problems for defenses with Flournoy-Smith and O.J. Howard on the field at the same time.

JOSHUA CASHER

C, 6-1, 297, St. Paul’s (Mobile)

Comment: One scout said Casher should definitely be a contributor on the interior of the offensive line and called him one of the nastiest blockers in this class.

JOSH FRAZIER

DT, 6-3, 335, Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.)

Comment: While the Tide missed on Matt Elam, Frazier is considered to be more of a polished player at this point in their careers. Frazier could provide instant depth at nose tackle.

JACOB COKER

QB, 6-5, 230, St. Paul’s (Mobile)

Comment: Coker is expected to transfer from Florida State to Alabama in May after graduating. He didn’t sign a National Letter of Intent. NCAA policy says transfers from one four-year school to another don’t sign a NLI.

JK SCOTT

P/K, 6-4, 185, J.K. Mullen (Denver, Colo.)

Comment: With Cody Mandell graduating, Scott has a chance to win the starting punter job.

O.J. SMITH

DT, 6-2, 320, Airline (Bossier City, La.)

Comment: Smith is another big body that will provide depth along the defensive line.

DOMINICK JACKSON

OT/OG, 6-7, 304, College of San Mateo in California

Comment: Jackson should be an earlier favorite to fill one of the Tide’s two open spots on offensive line. He can play both guard and tackle.

MARLON HUMPHREY

CB, 6-1, 175, Hoover (Birmingham)

Comment: Humphrey has a chance to compete for early playing time as the Tide doesn’t have a clear-cut starter at cornerback.

RONNIE CLARK

S/OLB, 6-2.5, 215, Calera

Comment: Clark has told reporters the Tide plan to start him at safety. He is built similar to former Tide All-American Mark Barron.

RASHAAN EVANS

OLB, 6-3, 220, Auburn

Comment: Evans is another player that could provide an instant boost to the Tide’s pass rush.

CHRISTIAN MILLER

LB, 6-4, 215, Columbia, S.C. (Spring Valley)

Comment: Considered an elite pass rusher, he is the son of former NFL linebacker Corey Miller.

BO SCARBROUGH

RB/Athlete, 6-2, 225, Tuscaloosa

Comment: Scarbrough has the ability to play running back, wide receiver and H-back. Scarbrough said Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban will play him at running back.
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