Alabama football, national signing day: Capsule analysis of Crimson Tide's 2012 signing class

February 1, 2012 

Signees: 26

Starters lost off/def: 5/7

Top needs: Linebackers

Defensive backs

Running backs

Gem of the class:

Safety Landon Collins. He’s got the size of a linebacker, but the skill of a safety. That sounds a lot like Mark Barron’s legacy at Alabama. He was one of the top recruits in the nation for a reason. But can he start as a freshman like Barron?

Surprise

The Tide picked up two players who were previously uncommitted in defensive linemen Davlin Tomlinson and Korren Kirven. Nick Saban also lost commitments Casey Gladney to Texas Tech and Justin Taylor to Kentucky.

Breaking it down by state:

Arizona: 1

Texas: 1

Mississippi: 1

Maryland: 1

Virginia: 1

Tennessee: 1

Louisiana: 2

Florida: 3

Alabama: 7

Georgia: 8

Breaking it down by star rating (by scout.com):

5 stars: 3

4 stars: 15

3 stars: 8

Immediate impact players:

Adam Griffith K 5-9 165 Calhoun (Ga.) High

Ranked the best kicker in the country by most services, Griffith could make things interesting this August. Cade Foster and BCS title game hero Jeremy Shelley both return after a sometimes-rocky season.

Travell Dixon CB 6-2 200 Eastern Arizona JC (Thatcher, Ariz.)

As one of two junior college transfers, the cornerback with Dre Kirkpatrick size could be the answer at one of the three openings at the position.

Dillon Lee LB MLB 6-3 238 Buford (Ga.) High

Like Ragland, Lee is a middle linebacker with high expectations. But unlike his future teammate, Lee enrolled this semester and will have a head start with the playbook.

Eddie Williams ATH/S 6-4 205 JR Arnold High (Panama City, Fla.)

The Panama City Beach, Fla., native could work his way into the competition in the secondary with several top players departing. Rivals said he’s a 5-star prospect.

REST OF THE CLASS

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School

Ryan Anderson DE 6-3 248 Daphne (Ala.) High

Dakota Ball DT 6-2 295 Pepperell High (Lindale, Ga.)

Deion Belue CB 6-0 270 Northeast Mississippi JC (Booneville, Miss.)

Chris Black WR 6-0 175 First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Landon Collins S 6-0 203 Dutchtown High (Geismar, La.)

Amari Cooper WR 6-2 180 Miami Northwestern (Fla.) High

Denzel Devall DE 6-2 240 Bastrop (La.) High

Kenyan Drake RB 6-0 195 Hillgrove High (Powder Springs, Ga.)

Kurt Freitag TE 6-4 237 Buford (Ga.) High

Brandon Greene OT 6-6 295 Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)

Caleb Gulledge OT 6-4 270 Prattville (Ala.) High

Tyler Hayes OLB 6-3 220 Thomasville (Ala.) High

Brandon Hill OG 6-6 350 St. George’s-Collierville (Tenn.) High

Cyrus Jones WR 5-10 185 Gilman School (Baltimore)

Korren Kirven DT 6-4 280 Brookville High (Lynchburg, Va.)

Alec Morris QB 6-4 235 Allen (Texas) High

Reggie Ragland MLB 6-4 245 Bob Jones High (Madison, Ala.)

Geno Smith CB 6-0 165 St. Pius X (Atlanta)

Alphonse Taylor OT 6-6 340 Davidson (Mobile, Ala.)

Dalvin Tomlinson DT 6-3 270 Henry County High (McDonough, Ga.)

T.J. Yeldon RB 6-1 215 Daphne (Ala.) High

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