A capsule look at 5 of Alabama's top football signees, in alphabetical order:
D.J. Fluker, OL, Foley, Ala.:
Alabama's consensus top-rated recruit. ... Made a number of All-America teams, including Parade and USA Today. ... Ranked No. 3 prospect by Rivals.com and No. 12 in the ESPNU 150. Both rated him as nation's top offensive tackle prospect. ... In first year at offensive tackle, graded out at 92 percent with 60 pancake blocks and 28 knockdowns. ... Immediate candidate to replace All-America left tackle Andre Smith.
Nico Johnson, LB, Andalusia, Ala.:
Parade and U.S. Army All-American. ... Finalist for the first high school Butkus Award ... Ranked as the nation's No. 20 overall recruit in the ESPNU 150. ... SuperPrep All-American and Dixie Defensive Player of the Year. ... Ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker by Rivals.com and No. 2 inside linebacker by Scout.com and ESPNU. ... Two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association's first-team 4A All-State selection. ... Had 78 tackles, two sacks and 11 intercetions as senior.
Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Gadsden, Ala.:
ESPNU's No. 4 overall prospect nationally and the No. 11 player according to Rivals.com. ... A Parade and USA Today All-American, among others. ... Rivals.com also ranks Kirkpatrick as the No. 2 player in Alabama and the fifth-fastest cornerback with the fifth-best cover skills ... A consensus five-star recruit. ... A two-time All-State player. ... Recorded 17 interceptions past three seasons.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Mobile, Ala.:
Tide's only quarterback signee. .. SuperPrep All-American and listed as the publication's No. 9 quarterback ... U.S. Army All-American. ... Ranked as the nation's No. 37 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 quarterback. ... Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was two-time 5A All-State selection (2007-08). ... MVP in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. ... Threw for 6,066 yards, 66 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as a three-year starting quarterback at Saint Paul's Episcopal School.
Trent Richardson, RB, Pensacola, Fla.:
Made Parade, USA Today and other All-America teams. ... Consensus five-star recruit. ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall player, No. 2 running back and Florida's top prospect. ESPNU lists him as the country's top-ranked running back and No. 6 prosect. ... Rivals.com also lists him as the country's top inside and downhill runner and the No. 3 home run threat. Rushed for a single-game record of 419 yards. Gained 2,090 yards and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior. ... Has been timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters.
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