Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hoover linebacker Christian Bell commits to Alabama

The Crimson Tide picked up its fifth commitment since the A-Day game on Wednesday when Hoover outside linebacker Christian Bell pledged his commitment to the Crimson Tide. Bell announced the commitment via his Twitter account.

I am officially committed to the University of Alabama

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Alabama lands four commitments in huge A-Day

The day began with a commitment from New Jersey cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. The 6-foot, 185-pound star is rated the No. 4 cornerback prospect in the nation by the 247Composite and the No. 30 overall prospect in the nation.

Next on board for the Tide were a pair of teammates from Pompano Beach, Florida whenathlete Shawn Burgess-Becker and wide receiver Calvin Ridley both committed. Burgess-Becker, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and safety, is rated the No. 9 athlete in the nation by the 247Composite while his teammate Ridley is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver rated No. 3 in the nation at his position. Both players hold four-star ratings from the 247Composite while Ridley holds a five-star rating from Rivals.com, who also lists him as the nation's top receiver prospect.

Alabama next added a verbal pledge from one of the nation's top linebacker prospects,Brookhaven, Miss. star Leo Lewis. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound inside linebacker holds a four-star rating from 247Sports and is rated by the service as the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker. Lewis chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and more than a dozen other schools.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alabama unveils Crimson and White rosters for A-Day

CRIMSON
2 - CB Tony Brown
2 - WR DeAndrew White
4 - RB T.J. Yeldon
5 - WR Chris Black
6 - S Laurence "Hootie" Jones
6 - QB Blake Sims
7 - LB Ryan Anderson
7 - WR Cam Sims
9 - WR Amari Cooper
10 - LB Reuben Foster
11 - LB Shaun Dion Hamilton
12 - QB David Cornwell
15 - DB Jonathan Cook
15 - QB Parker McLeod
21 - CB Maurice Smith
22 - WR Christion Jones
23 - DB Jabriel Washington
25 - LB Dillon Lee
27 - S Nick Perry
27 - RB Derrick Henry
28 - DB Anthony Averett
31 - RB Lawrence Erekosima
35 - LB Walker Jones
38 - DB Y'Latio Jones
39 - WR Kyle Kazakevicius
40 - TE Isaac Leon
44 - DB Levi Wallace
45 - HB Jalston Fowler
46 - LB Derrick Garnett
48 - DB Bo Grant
49 - LB Max Fequiere
52 - DL Dee Liner
54 - DL Dalvin Tomlinson
55 - LS Cole Mazza
56 - LB Tim Williams
58 - SN Alex Harrelson
60 - OL Brandon Moore
62 - OL Will Davis
70 - C Ryan Kelly
72 - RG Leon Brown
73 - OL Brandon Hill
74 - OL Cam Robinson
77 - LG Arie Kouandjio
79 - RT Austin Shepherd
84 - TE Brian Vogler
85 - DL Korren Kirven
86 - TE Truett Harris
88 - TE O.J. Howard
89 - DL Bernel Jones
93 - DL Jonathan Allen
94 - DL Dakota Ball
95 - DL Darren Lake
98 - P Adrian Lamothe
99 - PK Adam Griffith
Coaches: Burton Burns, Mario Cristobal, Billy Napier, Kirby Smart, Bo Davis
WHITE
3 - CB Bradley Sylve
4 - CB Eddie Jackson
5 - CB Cyrus Jones
8 - WR Robert Foster
11 - QB Alec Morris
13 - WR ArDarius Stewart
17 - RB Kenyan Drake
18 - QB Cooper Bateman
19 - LB Reggie Ragland
20 - RB Tyren Jones
20 - S Jarrick Williams
22 - WR Nate Staskelunas
24 - S Geno Smith
26 - S Landon Collins
28 - RB Altee Tenpenny
30 - LB Denzel Devall
31 - DB Jerrod Bierbower
33 - LB Trey DePriest
34 - LB Walker Jones
35 - WR Thomas Woods
37 - DB Zach Houston
39 - LB Paden Crowder
40 - DB Bryant Bennett
41 - TE Kurt Freitag
41 - DB Daniel Geddes
43 - DB Blaine Anderson
45 - DB Cedric Powell
46 - TE Michael Nysewander
47 - LB Xzavier Dickson
47 - TE Corey McCarron
48 - TE David D'Amico
49 - TE Kieran Williams
50 - OL Alphonse Taylor
51 - DL Jake Long
52 - OL Andre Sims
53 - DL Anthony Orr
55 - LB Josh Dickerson
57 - LB D.J. Pettway
58 - OL Brandon Greene
59 - SN MK Taylor
61 - OL Austin Peavler
64 - OL Grant Hill
66 - OL Chris Posa
68 - OL Isaac Luatua
69 - OL Paul Waldrop
75 - OL Bradley Bozeman
80 - WR Raheem Falkins
82 - WR Ty Reed
85 - TE Malcolm Faciane
86 - DL A'Shawn Robinson
87 - WR Parker Barrineau
89 - WR Armani Purifoye
90 - DL Jarran Reed
96 - DL Stephen Hodge
96 - PK Cameron McGuire
97 - PK John Pizzitola
99 - NG Brandon Ivory

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alabama beat reporters talk about Chris Black, O-line, more

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video- A new recruiting season off to fast start in SEC, headed toward 2015 class

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Amari Cooper, Trey DePriest stat leaders from Alabama's 1st spring scrimmage

Passing
Blake Sims: 16-23, 227 yards, 2 TDs (75 yards, 1 yard)
Cooper Bateman: 14-25, 102 yards
Alec Morris: 9-12, 57 yards
Rushing
Kenyan Drake: 11-60, TD (7 yards)
Tyren Jones: 10-49
Derrick Henry: 12-40
Altee Tenpenny: 13-40
T.J. Yeldon: 7-20, TD
Receiving
Amari Cooper: 5-190, 2 TDs
Cameron Sims: 2-48
Altee Tenpenny: 3-23
Christion Jones: 3-21
Raheem Falkins: 2-21
Defense
Trey DePriest: 8 tackles
Denzel Devall: 5 tackles, 2 TFLs, sack
Reggie Ragland: 5 tackles, sack, pass break-up
Landon Collins: 4 tackles, TFL, blocked FG
Jarrick Williams: 4 tackles, 2 PBU

Friday, April 4, 2014

Alabama picks up commitment from 4-star lineman Richie Petitbon

The Crimson Tide have landed a commitment from one of the nation's top prospects out of the nation's capital.

Offensive lineman Richie Petitbon committed to Alabama on Friday, according to a report from Rivals.com. Petitbon, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound four-star prospect from Washington D.C.'s Gonzaga High School, chose the Crimson Tide over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, and more than 20 other schools.

Petitbon is Alabama's ninth commitment for the Class of 2015 and the third offensive lineman to commit to the Tide for the 2015 class.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Watch Nick Saban work with Alabama safeties practicing read-option defense

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dadeville defensive end Anfernee Jennings commits to Alabama

The Crimson Tide got its eighth commitment for the 2015 recruiting class when Dadeville High School defensive end Anfernee Jennings announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide on Twitter on Thursday.

I have committed to the University of Alabama..

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Phil Savage breaks down how Alabama players looked at NFL Combine

Savage: I would say Kevin Norwood was seen as possession receiver for the better part of his career. He went down to the Reese's Senior Bowl and ended up being the South's Most Outstanding Player in the game and then carried that momentum into the Combine and runs sub-4.5. I think he absolutely helped himself through this pre-Draft evaluation period. I think he'll probably still be a mid-to-late round draft choice but I think he definitely answered some questions that people had on him, so I thought the Combine was a good experience for him.

I thought from a throwing standpoint, AJ (McCarron) did a nice job. His 40 was essentially the same that he ran last spring for the most part. I think the lower body explosion is what people have a question about in terms of movement in the pocket, escape, set your feet, make an accurate throw. You don't get that at the Combine. I think we'll see more of that at the Pro Day. Overall, I thought AJ threw in rhythm, he threw off the plant of his foot. He threw the ball down the field well. Of course, the post corner, to me, has always been his best throw anyways. He was able to showcase that.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, he and Calvin Pryor from Louisville, are seen as probably the two top safeties. I thought, at least to this point, he probably nudged ahead a little bit just based off the workout. I thought he was fluid, he was athletic in his movement. He's got good ball skills. His 40 time was in the 4.6 range. I think that's about what he is. He seemed to solidify his status in terms of what people were talking about coming in to the weekend.

C.J. Mosley did not run the 40 but worked out position-wise. I thought he showed what he is. He's a really good athlete. Did not catch the ball that well but I don't think that's really a knock on him. He's got enough interception production to show that he can make a play when it comes to him.

I thought Adrian Hubbard put forth maybe the best effort. He just seemed to really go for it at the Combine. He ran well, he moved around pretty well. I think he's an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Whatever status he has draft-wise, I think he was able to maintain it or at least have people go back and look at more tape on him because of his performance. I thought it was positive for him overall.

Cyrus Kouandjio, this was a little different twist to the journey for him. He was seen as a top-flight left tackle coming into the season, he lost some of that reputation during the year, this was the first chance people had a chance to see him in person. He did not run well. His workout was really, in all honesty, just OK. And now there's some medical questions out there. I don't know where he stands at this point. Certainly not in the top 10 and probably not in the top 20 but we'll have to see how this sorts out this spring with the medicals and if he can come back and have a better day March 12.

AL.com: Alabama's had a lot of players too injured to perform at the NFL Combine in recent years. How much does that matter?

Savage: At the end of the day, it doesn't matter so much if you're able to come back and actually do a full Pro Day and check off all the boxes then. You look at Eddie Lacy last year, was really not until the third Pro Day that he was actually able to run and do everything. He went in the second round. On talent alone, he could have been a first-rounder but because of some of those kinds of questions, it probably dropped him some in the draft. Barrett Jones was never able to get anything done because of the foot surgery. That was the choice that was made, I'm going to finish my career and basically get my foot fixed and healthy and see how it all shakes out. He goes in the fourth round. He might have gone a little higher if not for the injury situation but I think at the end of the day, it's about where most people had him forecasted during the fall.

The bottom line is every player has an inventory sheet, for lack of a better term. The teams are looking for you to fill in every blank on that sheet. For a lot of seniors, the Combine is kind of the period on the end of the sentence. Once you run your 4.65 or whatever it is and do the interview, basically they've put it all to bed and the only thing they have left is a Pro Day where they'll get measured and weighed again and go through a position workout. They stand on their times and they've done everything they can do. For the juniors, it's probably a little bit more important because the Combine is kind of their first exposure to the teams in terms of being in front of them for the first time. If you don't do well at the Combine from a measurement and testing standpoint, then you have the Pro Day to fall back on. We saw a lot of juniors bypass the Combine and say they'll do everything at the Pro Day.
If, in fact, you can get everything done before the Draft commences, you're probably OK. When you can not get everything done, I think it definitely hurts you to a degree.

AL.com: Draft projections are all over the board for Jeoffrey Pagan. Why do you think that is?

Savage: When the scouts come through during the fall, they have their list of seniors. There will be two or three juniors that are kind of obvious that, 'Hey, there's a chance Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is going to come out.' Or, say last year, 'Hey, there's a chance C.J. Mosley'sgoing to come out.' They'll eyeball those players. They may not thoroughly write up the player but they'll take good notes on a junior. They won't necessarily discuss them unless the coaches bring them up. A guy like Jeoffrey Pagan, he's probably a junior that had been a little bit under the radar. When they came through during the fall, they really weren't watching him because they didn't anticipate him coming out. The teams are playing catch up right now. Honestly, I think there are probably some teams that evaluated him and said, 'Hey, this guy's probably a third-round pick' and there's other teams that maybe looked at him and said, 'Hey, he doesn't really fit what we're doing. I'd put him in the seventh round.' I think that's why there's been quite a bit of variety in terms of where he really fits in this draft. A) Because enough teams have not finished a full evaluation and B) he now wasn't able to perform in this Combine.
I don't know what his injury is. Depending on the significance of that, is he going to be able to do anything by Pro Day? It's kind of a blind evaluation if he's not able to participate. With the Draft being in May, maybe that helps him out a bit.

AL.com: Was this maybe a good year for Vinnie Sunseri to go pro because of the lack of draftable safeties in this year's class?

Savage: I think you've got a couple of top-flight safeties with Ha Ha and Pryor. Jimmie Ward seemed to generate some buzz. Deone Bucannon from Washington State, maybe even Terrence Brooks from Florida State. Those are all second- and third-round kind of guys. I think the rest are really fourth-round and beyond consideration. For the most part, unless you're just a superstar safety, it's become a little bit of a more third round or later type of position. 
The big news for Vinnie is the fact that he can play special teams and be successful in that regard. If he can get back to full strength, I think he'll have a shot to be drafted. If he gets drafted, obviously, he'll be with a team and can cover some kicks and ultimately be a backup early in his career and see where he goes from there. He's somewhat similar to Cody Grimm, who came out of Virginia Tech a number of years ago. He was the son of Russ Grimm. Same sort of intangibles, a lot of positive qualities. Maybe a little undersized, we don't know what he's going to run. Special-teams type of player who can find a role in the NFL.

AL.com: Which Alabama guys will we be talking about at this time next year?
SavageTrey DePriest will be a senior next year. He's a box linebacker. I think a lot of this is going to depend on what kind of year he has next year, but he's certainly a draftable player. Bama's got quite a number of underclassmen players that would seem to project to the league at some point. Amari CooperT.J. YeldonLandon CollinsChristion Jones went back to school this year. He's got a place in the league as a return man and slot receiver. O.J. Howard has a bright future if he stays healthy and continues to develop. Brian Vogler's got a shot at some point in the future. As far as the super elite players, to me, Collins, Howard, Cooper and Yeldon, those are probably your leading candidates for the future.