Closer look at Alabama's recruiting class

February 7, 2013 

Signees: 25

Starters Lost: 5 defense, 6 offense

Top Needs: defensive line, running back, wide receiver

GEM

Reuben Foster bounced back and forth between Alabama and Auburn during the recruiting process. But the Tide got a linebacker who will certainly make a push to be on the field when the 2013 season begins.

SURPRISE

Not really a surprise, but the final question mark of the day was Norcross (Ga.) running back Alvin Kamara, who made his choice of Alabama over Georgia late in the day.

Immediate Impact

Jonathan Allen DL/LB 6-3/255 Ashburn, Va.

Comment: Not only is he a good pass-rush end (nine sacks as a prep senior), he also is good on rushing kicks (blocked six this past season).

Reuben Foster LB 6- 1/240 Auburn, Ala.

Comment: Controversial because he committed to Alabama, then Auburn, then back to Alabama gain, but there's no denying his talent and quickness, which will remind some of former Tide All-American Rolando McClain.

Robert Foster WR 6-3/170 Monaca, Pa.

Comment: Extremely fast and should give Alabama another deep threat to go with 2012's leading receiver, Amari Cooper.

O.J. Howard TE 6-6/225 Prattville, Ala.

Comment: Rated the nation's top tight end by most recruiting services, he will help fill a void left by the graduation of Michael Williams, a three-year starter at the position.

A'Shawn Robinson DL 6-5/300 Fort Worth, Texas

Comment: Such a talented prospect Scout ranks him the No. 1 defensive tackle nationally, while 247sports ranks him the No. 3 offensive tackle nationally.

Rivals.com rankings

5-stars: 4

4-stars: 13

3-stars: 8

2-stars: 0

1-star: 0

Signings by state

Alabama (7), Georgia (3), Florida (2), Louisiana (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Arkansas (1), California (1), Maryland (1), Pennsylvania (1), New Jersey (1), Utah (1) and Virginia (1).

The Class

Jonathan Allen DL/LB 6-3/255 Ashburn, Va.

Comment: Not only is he a good pass-rush end (nine sacks as a prep senior), he also is good on rushing kicks (blocked six this past season).

Anthony Averett ATH 6-1/175 Woodbury, N.J.

Comment: An exceptional athlete who shined at safety and quarterback, he also won the New Jersey long jump championship with the best leap since Carl Lewis in 1979.

Cooper Bateman QB 6-3/202 Murray, Utah

Comment: Played under four head coaches in four years in high school, and his team went only 3-8 his senior season. Has a similar build to Tide starting quarterback AJ McCarron, and the two hung out when Bateman visited campus for Alabama's championship celebration in January.

Leon Brown OL 6-6/313 Riverdale, Md.

Comment: Spent two seasons as ASA College, a community college in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has enrolled at Alabama already. He is expected to compete for a starting job right away.

Jonathan Cook DB 6-0/185 Spanish Fort, Ala.

Comment: A Nebraska commitment before switching to Alabama in December, he should give the Tide depth at cornerback, which is extremely important in these days of defensive alignments with five and six in the secondary.

Raheem Falkins WR 6-4/195 New Orleans, La.

Comment: Tall with long arms, he might remind some of former Alabama All-American Julio Jones. His height and arms made him a big target close to the goal line as he caught 13 2-point conversion passes as a senior.

Reuben Foster LB 6- 1/240 Auburn, Ala.

Comment: Controversial because he committed to Alabama, then Auburn, then back to Alabama gain, but there's no denying his talent and quickness, which will remind some of former Tide All-American Rolando McClain.

Robert Foster WR 6-3/170 Monaca, Pa.

Comment: Extremely fast and should give Alabama another deep threat to go with 2012's leading receiver, Amari Cooper.

Derrick Henry RB 6-3/242 Yulee, Fla.

Comment: The all-time leading high school rusher might also lend help at H-back. Will compete hard for the backup job in 2013 behind T.J. Yeldon.

Brandon Hill OL 6-6/350 Collierville, Tenn.

Comment: Signed with Alabama in 2012 but did not qualify academically. Spent the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

Grant Hill OL 6-6/315 Huntsville, Ala.

Comment: Might be the best offensive line prospect to sign with Alabama this year, although that's the hardest position in which to make an impact as a freshman.

O.J. Howard TE 6-6/225 Prattville, Ala.

Comment: Rated the nation's top tight end by most recruiting services, he will help fill a void left by the graduation of Michael Williams, a three-year starter at the position.

Eddie Jackson DB 6-1/175 Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Comment: Also an excellent pass receiver and kick returner, but Alabama will need him to give depth at cornerback.

Tyren Jones RB 5-8/185 Marietta, Ga.

Comment: Built a little like current Alabama running back Dee Hart. A sprained knee cost him the final three games of his senior year.

Walker Jones LB 6-3/230 Cordova, Tenn.

Comment: Brother of former Alabama All-America offensive lineman Barrett Jones and current Crimson Tide tight end Harrison Jones, which means Nick Saban is getting a smart, hard-working player who will add something to the team beyond his athletic ability.

Dee Liner DL 6-3/285 Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Comment: One of the prizes of the recruiting class, he should add immediate depth at defensive end, where Alabama has lost three-year starter Damion Square.

Alvin Kamara RB 5-10/197 Norcross, Ga.

Comment: Will give Alabama a versatile back who can run receiving routes as well as take handoffs.

Cole Mazza, OL 6- 1/240 Bakersfield, Calif.

Comment: Although he is primarily a long-snapper, he's good enough that UCLA, Washington State and Utah were offering him full scholarships in addition to Alabama.

Parker McLeod QB 6-3/190 Marietta, Ga.

Comment: Only a three-star prospect, but he is considered an exceptional manager of an offense. Was a high school teammate of Georgia offensive line signee Brandon Kublanow and Alabama running back signee Tyren Jones.

A'Shawn Robinson DL 6-5/300 Fort Worth, Texas

Comment: Such a talented prospect Scout ranks him the No. 1 defensive tackle nationally, while 247sports ranks him the No. 3 offensive tackle nationally.

Darius Page DL 6-4/314 Foley, Ala.

Comment: Will give Alabama depth as an interior lineman. Built similar to Jesse Williams, the starter at noseguard on this past year's national championship team.

Maurice Smith DB 6-0/180 Sugar Land, Texas

Comment: Allowed only four complete passes as a senior. Could develop into the type of cornerback Dee Milliner provided Alabama this past season.

ArDarius Stewart ATH 6-0/190 Fultondale, Ala.

Comment: Can play offense, defense and special teams. Will add depth at receiver, safety or kick returner.

Altee Tenpenny RB 6-0/207 North Little Rock, Ark.

Comment: Didn't get overworked in high school, carrying the ball only 193 times as a senior, which means he should have fresh legs to compete for a spot in the Tide rotation.

Tim Williams LB 6-3/235 Baton Rouge, La.

Comment: Will play outside linebacker and can give Alabama a good pass rusher, kind of in the mould of current starter Adrian Hubbard.

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