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Alabama signees

Name: Mark BarronHigh school: St. Paul's Episcopal, MobileHt./Wt.: 6-2/202Position: AthleteHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Could play running back, wide receiver, linebacker or safety in college. . . . Rated No. 5 player in the state, No. 5 athlete and No. 55 overall player in the country by Rivals.com. . . . A first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he led St. Paul's to the Class 5A state championship along with fellow Crimson Tide signees Destin Hood and Ivan Matchett. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, LSU, Florida and Tennessee, among others.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “Mark likes defense and has told me he wants the opportunity to play defense. We want him to be able to play what he wants to play, but it’s hard for an old DB coach to not fall in love with him as a strong safety.”

Name: Undra BillingsleyHigh school: Woodlawn, BirminghamHt./Wt.: 6-4/260Position: Defensive linemanHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Rated No. 24 player in Alabama and No. 20 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named honorable mention Class 5A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 90 tackles and five sacks. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee, among others.

Name: Devonta BoltonHigh school: Norcross, Ga.Ht./Wt.: 6-4/220Position: Wide receiver/linebackerHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated No. 15 player in Georgia and No. 18 athlete nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named honorable mention Class AAAAA All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he recorded 451 yards and five touchdowns receiving, and 47 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions on defense. . . . High school teammate of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks, a true freshman for the Crimson Tide in 2007. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia, among others.

Name: John Michael BoswellHigh school: Tuscaloosa County, NorthportHt./Wt.: 6-6/290Position: Offensive guardHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 11 player in Alabama and the No. 11 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com. . . . A first-team Class 6A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. . . . Played in the Under Armour All-State Game in Orlando, Fla., in January and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. . . . Chose Alabama over offers over Clemson, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Name: Terrence CodySchool: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Miss.Ht./Wt.: 6-5/395Position: Defensive tackleHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Perhaps the largest player ever to sign with Alabama. . . . Rated the No. 47 junior college player nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named a first-team NJCAA All-American in 2007, when he helped MGCCC to an 11-0 record and a share of the national championship. . . . Originally from Fort Myers, Fla. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, South Florida and Tennessee, among other schools.

Name: Marcel DareusHigh school: Huffman, BirminghamHt./Wt.: 6-4/275Position: Defensive tackleHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Ranked No. 17 player in the state and No. 28 defensive tackle prospect nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named honorable mention Class 6A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. . . . Totaled 107 tackles and 19.5 sacks as a senior. . . . Chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson and Marshall.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “Marcel’s more of an edge (pass-rusher). He’s very athletic and has very good pass-rush skills. We’re pleased to have him. We need some guys like that.”

Name: Robby GreenHigh school: John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La.Ht./Wt.: 6-0/170Position: CornerbackHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 10 player in Louisiana and No. 17 cornerback nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named a first-team Class 2A all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he recorded 16 pass breakups and four interceptions. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Michigan, Penn State and Southern Cal, among other schools.

Name: Glenn HarbinHigh school: McGill-Toolen, MobileHt./Wt.: 6-6/250Position: Defensive endHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 16 player in Alabama and No. 18 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com. . . . An honorable mention Class 2A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 52 tackles and five sacks. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma, among other schools.

Name: Jerrell HarrisHigh school: Gadsden CityHt./Wt.: 6-3/220Position: LinebackerHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 4 player in Alabama, No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 34 player nationally by Rivals.com. . . . A Parade All-American who played in the Under Armour All-State Game in Orlando, Fla., in January and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. . . . Named first-team Class 6A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 140 tackles, 19 sacks and three interceptions. . . . Also considering Auburn, Clemson, Southern Cal and Tennessee.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “Sometimes you get hints or notions of what a guy might do, and Jerrell seemed to give me a little bit of idea (Tuesday) night that he might sign with us. But you never know.”

Name: Don'ta HightowerHigh school: Marshall County, Lewisburg, Tenn.Ht./Wt.: 6-3/248Position: LinebackerHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 3 player in Tennessee and the No. 15 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named Class 3A Lineman of the Year and first-team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he recorded 168 tackles, five forced fumbles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among other schools.

Name: Destin HoodHigh school: St. Paul's Episcopal, MobileHt./Wt.: 6-3/190Position: Wide receiverHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 12 player in Alabama and No. 38 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com. . . . A first-team Class 5A all-state selection in 2007, when he totaled 51 receptions for 963 yards and 15 touchdowns. . . . Helped St. Paul's to the Class 5A state championship along with fellow Crimson Tide signees Mark Barron and Ivan Matchett. . . . Also a top baseball prospect who is expected to be a high draft pick in June. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Name: Chris JacksonHigh school: Henry County, McDonough, Ga.Ht./Wt.: 6-0/187Position: Wide receiverHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Signed in December and is already enrolled. . . . Rated the No. 43 player in Georgia and the No. 89 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com. . . . No. 143 in the ESPN 150 list of top players in the country, regardless of position. . . . Named Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 76 receptions, 1,432 yards and 23 touchdowns. . . . Originally committed to Georgia Tech, but de-committed after former coach Chan Gailey was fired. . . . Also had a scholarship offer from Tennessee.

Name: Mark IngramHigh school: Southwestern Academy, Flint, Mich.Ht./Wt.: 5-10/220Position: Running backHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 6 player in Michigan and No. 17 athlete nationally by Rivals.com. . . . First-team all-state selection in 2007, when he rushed for 1,700-plus yards and 24 touchdowns. . . . Son of former New York Giants wide receiver Mark Ingram, who was recruited to Michigan State by then-assistant coach Nick Saban. . . . Also considering Arizona State, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “It makes me kind of feel bad when I start recruiting (sons of) guys who used to play for you. It makes you feel old. But I always had a great relationship with Mark Sr., and I think those kind of relationships with former players can influence their (son’s) decision.”

Name: Star JacksonHigh school: Lake Worth (Fla.)Ht./Wt.: 6-3/182Position: QuarterbackHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 23 player in Florida and No. 5 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named first-team Class 6A utility player by the Florida Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 1,865 passing yards and 410 rushing yards. . . . Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Georgia, Rutgers and West Virginia, among other schools.

Name: Barrett JonesHigh school: Evangelical Christian, Cordova, Tenn.Ht./Wt.: 6-5/271Position: CenterHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 1 player in Tennessee, the No. 1 center and the No. 60 overall player nationally by Rivals.com. . . . First-team Division II all-state selection by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2007. . . . Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. . . . Son of former Alabama basketball player Rex Jones. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, among other schools.

Name: Julio JonesHigh school: FoleyHt./Wt.: 6-4/215Position: Wide receiverHow many stars: Five You need to know: No. 2 overall in the ESPN 150 list of top players in the country, regardless of position. . . . Ranked top player in the state, No. 1 wide receiver and No. 4 overall player in the country by Rivals.com. . . . A Parade All-American who played in the Under Armour All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile. . . . Named Mr. Football, Class 6A Back of the Year and first-team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. . . . Totaled 194 receptions for 3,287 yards and 52 touchdowns in his career at Foley, including 68 receptions, 1,181 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. . . . Chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “We have confidence that we can get great players to come to school here. And sometimes, great players can attract other great players. Julio Jones is an outstanding player, but don’t create an expectation for the guy that he can never live up to.”

Name: Chris JordanHigh school: Brentwood (Tenn.) AcademyHt./Wt.: 6-2/201Position: Running backHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 5 player in Tennessee and the No. 22 athlete nationally by Rivals.com. . . . First team all-state selection by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2007, despite missing several games with a high ankle sprain. . . . Rushed for 1,258 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky and Tennessee, among other schools.

Name: Alonzo LawrenceHigh school: George County, Lucedale, Miss.Ht./Wt.: 6-1/187Position: CornerbackHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 2 player in Mississippi, the No. 2 cornerback and the No. 35 overall player nationally by Rivals.com. . . . A Parade All-American who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile in December. . . . Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection by the Mississippi Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 93 tackles and two interceptions and helped George County to the state championship game. . . . Younger brother of Co-Eric Riley, a senior wide receiver at Mississippi State. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from LSU, Miami, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among other schools.

Name: Robert LesterHigh school: FoleyHt./Wt.: 6-2/205Position: SafetyHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 15 player in Alabama and the No. 23 safety nationally by Rivals.com. . . . First-team Class 6A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 73 tackles and four interceptions. . . . Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile in December. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Clemson, Florida State, Oklahoma and South Florida, among other schools.

Name: Brandon LewisHigh school: Pleasant GroveHt./Wt.: 6-3/260Position: Defensive endHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 14 player in Alabama and No. 14 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com . . . . Honorable mention Class 5A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 66 tackles and seven sacks. . . . Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile in December. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among other schools.

Name: Tyler LoveHigh school: Mountain BrookHt./Wt.: 6-7/285Position: Offensive tackleHow many stars: FiveYou need to know: Rated the No. 3 player in Alabama, the No. 8 offensive tackle and the No. 35 overall player nationally by Rivals.com. . . . No. 33 on the ESPN 150 list of the top players in the country, regardless of position. . . . Selected Class 6A Lineman of the Year and first-team all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. . . . A Parade All-American who played in the Under Armour All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., in January. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among other schools.

Name: Ivan MatchettHigh school: St. Paul's Episcopal, MobileHt./Wt.: 5-10/206Position: Running backHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Rated the No. 20 player in Alabama and the No. 17 running back nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Selected first-team Class 6A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he rushed for 1,975 yards and 25 touchdowns. . . . Helped St. Paul's to the Class 5A state championship along with fellow Crimson Tide signees Mark Barron and Destin Hood. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Miami, among other schools.

Name: Kerry MurphyPrep school: Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va.Ht./Wt.: 6-5/325Position: Defensive tackleHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Originally signed with Alabama out of Hoover High School in 2007, but did not qualify academically. . . . Rated the No. 4 prep school prospect nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Was a first-team Class 6A all-state selection and a Parade All-American as a high school senior in 2006. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Louisville and Miami, among other schools.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “He’s gone to Hargrave and worked very hard to improve his academic situation. He may or may not be able to do that to the degree that he needs to do to come to school here, but we made a commitment to this young man last year and he made a commitment to us.”

Name: Wesley NeighborsHigh school: HuntsvilleHt./Wt.: 6-1/190Position: SafetyHow many stars: TwoYou need to know: Rated the No. 37 player in Alabama by Rivals.com. . . . Was an honorable mention Class 6A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 70 tackles and three interceptions. . . . Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile in December. . . . Grandson of former Alabama All-America tackle Billy Neighbors and son of former Crimson Tide All-SEC center Wes Neighbors. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Name: Jermaine PreyearHigh school: Davidson, MobileHt./Wt.: 5-11/205Position: Running backHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Rated the No. 22 player in Alabama and the No. 30 running back nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Rushed for 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior despite missing several games due to injury.

Name: Melvin RayHigh school: North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.Ht./Wt.: 6-2/185Position: Wide receiverHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 18 player in Florida and the No. 18 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named first-team Class 1A All-State by Florida Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 53 receptions, 1,058 yards and 18 touchdowns. . . . Led his team to the state championship game as a senior. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami, among other schools.

Name: Burton ScottHigh school: Vigor, PrichardHt./Wt.: 5-11/194Position: Wide receiver/defensive backHow many stars: FiveYou need to know: Rated the No. 2 player in Alabama, the No. 3 athlete and No. 35 overall player in the country by Rivals.com. . . . No. 19 overall in the ESPN 150 list of top players in the country, regardless of position. . . . Played in the Under Armour All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., in January, and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile in December. . . . Named an honorable mention Class 5A athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 2,200-plus all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns while splitting time between quarterback and running back. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Southern Cal, among other schools.Alabama coach Nick Saban says: “Burton Scott can play a lot of different positions. He’s a tremendous athlete. The plan is to give him an opportunity to play where he wants to play. Anybody that is as skilled as he is, we would like to see what he could on offense first. But at some point in his career, he might be able to play some both ways.”

Name: Brad SmelleyHigh school: American Christian Academy, TuscaloosaHt./Wt.: 6-3/220Position: Quarterback/linebackerHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Rated the No. 33 player in Alabama and No. 30 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals.com. . . . A first-team Class 2A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he passed for 2,718 yards and 30 touchdowns. . . . Younger brother of Chris Smelley, now a junior quarterback at South Carolina. . . . Also had an offer from Ole Miss.

Name: Corey SmithHigh school: Musselman, Bunker Hill, W.Va.Ht./Wt.: 6-1/208Position: Kicker/punterHow many stars: TwoYou need to know: Signed in December and is already enrolled. . . . Rated the No. 3 player in West Virginia and the No. 12 kicker nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Earned all-state honors as both a kicker and a punter in 2007, when he hit on 13 of 18 field goals, with a long of 60 yards, and averaged 39 yards per punt. . . . Also had offers from Virginia and West Virginia.

Name: Damion SquareHigh school: Yates, Houston, TexasHt./Wt.: 6-3/270Position: Defensive tackleHow many stars: ThreeYou need to know: Rated the No. 55 player in Texas and No. 37 defensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named first-team Class 4A all-state, All-Greater Houston and District MVP in 2007, when he totaled 97 tackles and 14 sacks. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among other schools.

Name: Courtney UpshawHigh school: EufaulaHt./Wt.: 6-2/220Position: Linebacker/defensive endHow many stars: FourYou need to know: Rated the No. 9 player in Alabama and the No. 12 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Rivals.com. . . . No. 30 in the ESPN 150 list of top players in the country, regardless of position. . . . Played in the Under Armour All-Star game in Orlando, Fla., in January, and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. . . . Named first-team all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 67 tackles and seven sacks. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Kentucky, among other schools.

Name: Michael WilliamsHigh school: Pickens County, ReformHt./Wt.: 6-6/240Position: Defensive endHow many stars: FourYou need to know: First player to commit to Alabama for 2008, way back on Feb. 16, 2007. . . . Rated the No. 10 player in Alabama and No. 4 weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com. . . . Named first-team Class 2A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007, when he totaled 71 tackles and 13 sacks. . . . Chose Alabama over offers from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

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