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Alabama Football Announces the Hiring of Josh Gattis

Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis during pregame prior to the Nittany Lions game with Iowa. Penn State hammered Iowa 41-14 on Military Appreciation Day Nov. 5, 2016 at Beaver Stadium. Photo by Mark Selders

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Josh Gattis on Wednesday to coach wide receivers for the Crimson Tide.

“Josh Gattis is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Saban said. “He is a sharp, young coach who did a great job at Penn State and Vanderbilt before that, and we believe he will bring great energy to our program. He is an excellent recruiter and knows what he is doing in terms of coaching wide receivers and building relationships with the players. We are happy to welcome his wife Tesa and their son Jace to the Crimson Tide program.”

Gattis brings eight years of experience to Alabama, spending six of those seasons working under James Franklin. The last four seasons, Gattis has served as the wide receivers and passing game coordinator along with leading the offensive recruiting efforts for Penn State. During his time in Happy Valley, Gattis helped the Nittany Lions secure four consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including a pair of top-15 classes in two of the last three seasons. He was selected by Scout.com as the 2015 Big Ten Recruiter of the Year.

Under his tutelage, Chris Godwin broke the Penn State record for juniors with 11 touchdown catches in 2016. During that same season, Godwin amassed 982 receiving yards on his to way to earning Second Team All-Big 10 accolades in 2016. Godwin would finish his career ranked fourth in Penn State annals for career receiving yards (2,404) and touchdowns (18), while ranking sixth in receptions at 153.

“It is a tremendous opportunity to work for Coach Saban and The University of Alabama,” Gattis said. “Coach Saban’s program is the epitome of success and consistency, and to have the chance to be part of that and learn from him is truly a blessing. I am also excited for the chance to work with an outstanding group of players, and I look forward to getting out on that field and coaching.”

Prior to his time with the Nittany Lions, Gattis spent two years on the Vanderbilt staff with Franklin starting in 2012. Serving as the wide receivers coach for the Commodores, Gattis helped Jordan Matthews to All-America accolades twice. Matthews would end his career as the SEC’s leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759) while also setting the single-season mark for receptions with 107 in 2013.

Before pairing up with Franklin, Gattis spent one season at Western Michigan as the wide receivers coach, where he coached Jordan White to All-America honors in 2011. White led the NCAA in receptions with 140 totaling 1,911 yards during that season and broke numerous Mid-American Conference receiving records.

Gattis began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at North Carolina in 2010.

As a player at Wake Forest, Gattis was twice selected as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference safety in 2005 and 2006. He went on to be selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gattis spent part of the 2007 season with Jacksonville before moving on to the Chicago Bears, where he would spend the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Gattis and his wife, Tesa, have one son, Jace, and a daughter, Reece. Gattis earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest in 2006.

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Alabama Football Announces the Hiring of Karl Scott

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Karl Scott to serve as the Crimson Tide’s secondary coach.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Karl Scott to our defensive staff,” Saban said. “He is a bright, young football coach who boasts a lot of experience coaching the secondary. He does an excellent job in terms of teaching the players, and he is someone we believe will be a tremendous asset in recruiting. We welcome his wife Taron and their daughter Kina Bailey to Tuscaloosa.”

Scott spent the last two seasons as the secondary coach at Texas Tech before being named the defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette in late December. His secondary at Texas Tech this past season posted an impressive turnaround, helping produce 29 turnovers, including 14 interceptions. He mentored two All-Big 12 selections in Jah’Shawn Johnson and Justus Parker.

“I have an incredible amount of appreciation for The University of Alabama and the program Coach Saban has built in Tuscaloosa,” Scott said. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this coaching staff because as a defensive coach, it doesn’t get any better than working for Coach Saban. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success this program has enjoyed.”

Prior to his time at Texas Tech, Scott spent one season as the safeties coach at Louisiana Tech under head coach Skip Holtz. He helped the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record in 2015 and a second-place finish in the Western Division of Conference USA. Louisiana Tech defeated Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl as the Bulldogs finished eighth nationally in defensive touchdowns after forcing 22 turnovers, including 13 interceptions.

Scott worked at Southeastern Louisiana for three years, serving as the defensive coordinator in 2014 and linebackers coach in 2012-13. During his tenure with the Lions, he helped lead the program to back-to-back Southland Conference Championships (2013-14) and two NCAA Football Championship Division playoff appearances. His 2014 defense at Southeastern led the Southland Conference in total defense, while ranking seventh in the FCS. The Lions also led the nation in pass efficiency defense (94.3), and ranked fifth in red zone defense, eighth in scoring defense (17.7 ppg) and 11th in turnovers gained (28).

Before his time at Southeastern Louisiana, Scott served as recruiting coordinator, defensive backs coach, and linebackers coach for four years at Tusculum College from 2008-11. His career began at Delta State as a graduate assistant in 2007. Scott coached with Pete Golding, who joined the Tide’s staff in December, at Southeastern in 2012-13 and at Tusculum from 2008-09.

A native of Houston, Scott played at McMurray University in Abilene, Texas, where he earned his degree in exercise and sports studies in 2007. Scott and his wife Taron have a daughter, Kina Bailey.

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Alabama Football National Championship Parade and Celebration Set for Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team will be honored for its College Football Playoff National Championship with a parade beginning at Denny Chimes and a program held on the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions on Saturday, January 20.

The parade, which will feature head coach Nick Saban, the players and staff, will start at 2 p.m., on University Boulevard at Denny Chimes.

The parade will conclude at the Walk of Champions with a ceremony on the top steps of the Bryant-Denny Stadium North End Zone that will be emceed by Chris Stewart.

Additional information and details will be released early next week.

As a reminder, the Alabama men’s basketball team will host Mississippi State that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum. A limited number of tickets for that game are still available and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-877-TIDETIX or visiting RollTide.com.

 

Crimson Tide Hold First Practice in Atlanta in Advance of National Championship Game

1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice Photo by Robert Sutton 1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice Photo by Robert Sutton
1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice
Photo by Robert Sutton

The Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled for a 7:17 p.m. CT kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Alabama football team held its final full practice on Saturday afternoon, working a 90-minute practice in helmets and shorts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Alabama’s Saturday began at Phillips Arena for the College Football Playoff Media Day that featured head coach Nick Saban and the entire team. Following the hour-long interview session, the Tide returned to the team hotel for lunch and meetings prior to departing for practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Saturday’s workout was the fourth of five practices prior to the College Football National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 8, in Atlanta. Alabama will square off with Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the game scheduled for a 7:17 p.m. CT kickoff. The final game of the college football season will air on ESPN with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game from the booth, while Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi work the sidelines.

This evening, the Crimson Tide Sports Network will air the Crimson Tide National Championship Game Preview Radio Show beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT on the Crimson Tide Sports Radio Network. The show will air live from the team hotel and will feature Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who will go on air at approximately 6 p.m. CT.

The national championship pairing will be the 68th overall meeting of the two storied programs, with Alabama holding a 38-25-4 (.597) lead in the series that dates back to the 1895 season. The two teams have met once previously outside of regular season SEC play, with the Tide taking a 32-28 decision in the 2012 SEC Championship Game to claim the program’s 23rd SEC title and secure a spot in the national championship game. Nick Saban is 5-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 3-1 mark with the Tide, while Smart has not yet faced Alabama during his young coaching career. Monday’s matchup will mark the third consecutive season in which the Crimson Tide has made an appearance in the national championship game.

Football Begins Preparations for National Championship Matchup with Georgia

1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice Photo by Robert Sutton 1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice Photo by Robert Sutton
1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice
Photo by Robert Sutton
1/3/18 MFB CFP Practice
Photo by Robert Sutton

The Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled for an 8:17 p.m. CT kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team returned to practice field on Wednesday afternoon, working a 75-minute session in shorts and helmets at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

It was the first practice for the Tide since defeating top-ranked Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day to secure the school’s third consecutive national championship game appearance. Wednesday’s work marks the first of five practices prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The final game of the college football season is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, and will kick off at 8:17 p.m. CT on ESPN with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game from the booth, along with Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi adding commentary on the sidelines.

The Southeastern Conference champion Georgia Bulldogs enter the College Football National Championship Game with a 13-1 overall record and a 7-1 mark in conference play. The Bulldogs clinched their championship berth with a 54-48 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Georgia is led by second-year head coach Kirby Smart. A former Tide assistant, Smart has a career record of 21-6 with the Bulldogs across his two years.

The national championship pairing will be the 68th overall meeting of the two storied programs, with Alabama holding a 38-25-4 (.597) lead in the series that dates back to the 1895 season. The two teams have met once previously outside of regular season SEC play, with the Tide taking a 32-28 decision in the 2012 SEC Championship Game to claim the program’s 23rd SEC title and secure a spot in the national championship game. Nick Saban is 5-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 3-1 mark with the Tide, while Smart has not yet faced Alabama during his young coaching career.

 

Alabama Set to Face Clemson in 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday

12-31-17 MFB Sugar Bowl Head Coach Press Conference Nick Saban Photo by Kent Gidley
12-31-17 MFB Sugar Bowl Head Coach Press Conference
Nick Saban
Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet for the third time in College Football Playoff

 NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up preparations for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Sunday with a walkthrough and meetings in New Orleans.

In addition to game preparations, Alabama head coach Nick Saban also met with the media on Sunday morning at the Sugar Bowl head coaches press conference.Monday’s Semifinal matchup will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage.

The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide’s 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.

Alabama Football Continues Allstate Sugar Bowl Preparations on Thursday in New Orleans

12/28/17 MFB vs Hospital Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) Photo by Kent Gidley
12/28/17 MFB vs Hospital
Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4)
Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide worked for two hours in shells at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Alabama football team continued its preparations for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday afternoon, practicing for two hours in shells at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Thursday’s session was second for the Tide in the Crescent City and the 10th of 12 bowl practices prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The No. 4 Crimson Tide will face off with the top-ranked Tigers on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. CT on ESPN. The tandem of Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge will call the Semifinal pairing from the booth, while Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge will work each team’s sideline.

Thursday began with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll joining Bradley Bozeman, Damien Harris, Jalen Hurts, Calvin Ridley and Jonah Williams for the Crimson Tide’s offensive press conference at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center. Following Wednesday’s practice, Alabama players and coaches visited with patients at the Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans.

The Semifinal matchup will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage. The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide’s 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.

Alabama Football Continues Allstate Sugar Bowl Preparations on Thursday

03-25-2017 MFB Spring practice Jalen Hurts quarterback (2) Photo by Kent Gidley 03-25-2017 MFB Spring practice Jalen Hurts quarterback (2) Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide worked for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility

 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team continued its preparations for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday afternoon, practicing for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

Thursday’s session was the sixth of seven bowl practices before the holiday break and No. 6 of 12 practices overall prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The No. 4 Crimson Tide will face off with the top-ranked Tigers on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. CT on ESPN. The tandem of Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge will call the Semifinal pairing from the booth, while Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge will work each team’s sideline.

The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference champions, Clemson enters the New Year’s Day game with a 12-1 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in ACC play. The Tigers remained atop the CFP rankings following a 38-3 victory over then-No. 7 Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3. Clemson is led by head coach Dabo Swinney, who holds a 101-29 record in his ninth full season with the program.

The Semifinal matchup will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage. The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide’s 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Preparations Continue on Wednesday for Alabama

08-16-17 MFB Practice Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) Photo by Amelia B. Barton 08-16-17 MFB Practice Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) Photo by Amelia B. Barton

Crimson Tide practiced in full pads for roughly two hours inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team put in a two-hour session in full pads on Wednesday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

It was No. 5 of seven practices before the Tide breaks for the holiday and the fifth of 12 practices overall prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide will face off with the top-ranked Tigers on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. CT on ESPN. The tandem of Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge will call the Semifinal from the booth, while Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge will work each team’s sideline.

Clemson enters the College Football Playoff Semifinal with a 12-1 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in ACC play. The Tigers remained atop the CFP rankings following a 38-3 victory over then-No. 7 Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3. The Tigers squad is led by head coach Dabo Swinney, who holds a 101-29 record in his ninth season with the program.

The New Years’ Day contest will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage. The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide’s 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.

Alabama Football Signs 15 Student-Athletes on First Day of Early Signing Period

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama announced that 15 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.

The 15 total players includes one junior college signee and come from 10 states – Florida (5), South Carolina (2), Alabama (1), California (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1) and Utah (1).

As of 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Alabama’s 2018 signing class was ranked No. 5 nationally by 247Sports and No. 6 by ESPN and Rivals.

As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to its roster four linebackers, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, one punter, one running back, one wide receiver and one athlete.

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The early signees include OLB Eyabi Anoma (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy), DB Jalyn Armour-Davis (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal), DL Christian Barmore (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti), ATH Slade Bolden (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), OL Tommy Brown (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), OLB Jordan Davis (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind), P Skyler DeLong (Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford), OL Emil Ekiyor Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), RB Jerome Ford (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), DB Josh Jobe (Miami, Fla./Cheshire Academy), OLB Cameron Latu (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus), OLB Jarez Parks (Sebastian, Fla./River), junior college DB Saivion Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla./IMG Academy/LSU/Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College), WR Xavier Williams (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna Prep) and DL Stephon Wynn (Anderson, S.C./IMG Academy).

Among the 15 players are:

  • One five-star prospect (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN): Eyabi Anoma
  • Thirteen four-star prospects: Jalyn Armour-Davis, Christian Barmore, Slade Bolden, Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Jerome Ford, Josh Jobe, Cameron Latu, Jarez Parks, Saivion Smith, Xavier Williams, Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • Seven players selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game: Eyabi Anoma, Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Saivion Smith (2016), Xavier Williams, Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • Three players selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game: Jayln Armour-Davis, Josh Jobe, Jarez Parks (2017)
  • Ten players in the ESPN300: Eyabi Anoma, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Christian Barmore, Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Josh Jobe, Cameron Latu, Xavier Williams, Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • Two players in the Rivals100: Eyabi Anoma, Jordan Davis,
  • Eleven players in the Rivals250: Eyabi Anoma, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Christian Barmore, Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Josh Jobe, Cameron Latu, Jarez Parks, Xavier Williams, Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • Eleven players in the 247Sports Top247: Eyabi Anoma, Jayln Armour-Davis, Christian Barmore, Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Jerome Ford, Josh Jobe, Cameron Latu, Jarez Parks (2017), Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • One five-star punting prospect: Skyler DeLong (Chris Sailer)
  • One Gatorade State Player of the Year: Slade Bolden

 

2018 Alabama Early Signing Day Roster

Signees (15)

NAME                         POS     HT       WT       CL        HOMETOWN/SCHOOL         

Eyabi Anoma                OLB     6-5       230       Fr.        Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Jalyn Armour-Davis      DB       6-1       180       Fr.        Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal

Christian Barmore         DL        6-5       290       Fr.        Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti

Slade Bolden                ATH     5-11      200       Fr.        West Monroe, La./West Monroe

Tommy Brown              OL       6-7       313       Fr.        Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei

Jordan Davis                OLB     6-5       240       Fr.        Memphis, Tenn./Southwind

Skyler DeLong              P          6-4       180       Fr.        Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford

Emil Ekiyor Jr.              OL       6-3       339       Fr.        Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral

Jerome Ford                 RB        5-11      195       Fr.        Seffner, Fla./Armwood

Josh Jobe                     DB       6-1       180       Fr.        Miami, Fla./Cheshire Academy

Cameron Latu               OLB     6-5       236       Fr.        Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus

Jarez Parks                   OLB     6-4       260       Fr.        Sebastian, Fla./River

Saivion Smith                DB       6-1       185       Jr.        St. Petersburg, Fla./IMG Academy/LSU/Miss. Gulf Coast

Xavier Williams             WR       6-1       190       Fr.        Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna Prep

Stephon Wynn Jr.         DL        6-4       308       Fr.        Anderson, S.C./IMG Academy

 

PLAYER BIOS

 

EYABI ANOMA

OLB, 6-5, 230, Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Rated as one of the top players across all positions in the 2018 recruiting class … an athletic edge defender who is versatile and possesses excellent length and speed … a consensus five-start prospect … ESPN ranks Anoma as the No. 4 player in the ESPN300 and the No. 2 defensive end … the top-rated player in the state of Maryland and the No. 1 player in the east region according to ESPN … 247Composite ranks him as the No. 7 player nationally, the top-ranked player in Maryland and the No. 2 weakside defensive end nationally … No. 8 nationally in the Top247 … ranked as the No. 24 player by Rivals.com and the fourth-ranked weakside defensive end in the country … selected to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Game … ranked as the No. 17 player nationally by MaxPreps and the top player in Maryland … finished his junior season in 2015 with over 60 tackles and 24 sacks for St. Frances head coach Henry Russell … collected 25-plus sacks as a senior to put his career total over 50 across his two years of high school … chose the Crimson Tide over numerous offers from around the country, including Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Michigan.

 

JALYN ARMOUR-DAVIS
DB, 6-1, 180, Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal
One of the elite all-around players in Alabama and the top cornerback in the state this recruiting cycle … tabbed a four-star prospect by every major recruiting outlet … rated the No. 2 player in Alabama and the No. 11 cornerback by 247Sports … 247Composite ranks Armour-Davis the No. 15 cornerback nationally and second-ranked player in the state … also rated No. 15 in the country by Rivals.com, which tabbed him as the No. 3 player in Alabama … the No. 28 corner nationally by ESPN.com … helped lead St. Paul’s to its third Class 5A state title in four years in 2017 … selected to play in 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game … coached by Steve Mask at St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile … chose Alabama over in-state Auburn along with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and USC.

CHRISTIAN BARMORE

DL, 6-5, 290, Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti

One of the top defensive linemen nationally … a consensus four-star prospect out of Neumann Goretti High School in Philadelphia … No. 75 in the ESPN300 and the outlet’s No. 4 defensive tackle … ESPN.com rates him as the No. 10 player in the eastern region of the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Pennsylvania … listed at No. 187 nationally in the 247Composite and the No. 17 defensive tackle … No. 249 in the Rivals250 … ranked as the No. 8 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 18 defensive tackle nationally … first team All-Philadelphia in the Catholic League Blue Division … helped lead his team to an 11-1 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals … coached by Albie Crosby at Neumann Goretti … chose the Crimson Tide over fellow SEC schools LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

 

SLADE BOLDEN

ATH, 5-11, 200, West Monroe, La./West Monroe

An athlete that can help the Crimson Tide a multiple positions on either side of the ball … a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and listed as the No. 13 player in Louisiana by the outlet … ranked as the No. 25 athlete in the 2018 class by Rivals … the No. 11 all-purpose back in the nation according to 247Sports … also ranked 17th in the state by 247Sports … ESPN lists him as the No. 63 athlete nationally … … as a senior, played quarterback and passed for 1,622 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,460 yards and 20 more scores … named the Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year … also rated as one of the top baseball players in Louisiana … boasts a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom … coached by Jerry Arledge at West Monroe … chose Alabama over LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee, TCU and Texas Tech.

 

TOMMY BROWN

OL, 6-7, 313, Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei

A highly recruited offensive line prospect coming out of California’s top-rated Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana … a four-star prospect by all major recruiting outlets … No. 114 on the ESPN300, the 10th-ranked offensive tackle and the No. 13 player in state of California by ESPN.com … rated the No. 12 offensive tackle and No. 25 player in California in the 247Composite … 247Sports ranked him as the No. 17 offensive tackle prospect … listed as the 14th-ranked offensive tackle and No. 30 player from California by Rivals … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” in 2017 … selected to the 2018 Under Armour All-America game … coached by Bruce Rollison at Mater Dei … father, Vince, threw the shot put in track and field at Alabama … chose Alabama over Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon among his nearly 20 offers.

 

JORDAN DAVIS

OLB, 6-5, 240, Memphis, Tenn./Southwind

Standout defensive prospect from the state of Tennessee … long and rangy prospect with room to add bulk … rated a four-star recruit by all major outlets … listed as the No. 5 weakside defensive end and second-ranked player in the state of Tennessee by Rivals and on the 247Composite … Rivals lists him as the No. 37 player nationally and is No. 89 nationally on the 247Composite … No. 127 on the ESPN300 as the No. 12 defensive end and fourth-rated player from the Volunteer state … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 89 player nationally and the 11th-ranked weakside defensive end overall … selected to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-America game … took part in Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp … recorded 37 tackles with eight sacks, two fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles and six pass breakups in 10 games as a junior at SHS … coached by Cedric Miller at Southwind High School in Memphis … signed with Alabama over Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

 

SKYLER DeLONG

P, 6-4, 180, Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford

DeLong is one of the top punting prospects in the 2018 class … selected to participate in the U.S. Army Army All-American Game … a very good athlete with a long frame … considered one of the elite hang time punters in the class … ranked as the No. 2 punter in the 247Composite and the No. 3 punter in the position rankings by 247Sports … a five-star prospect by Chris Sailer Kicking and rated as the No. 2 punter nationally … ranked third in the nation by Kohl’s Kicking … the No. 6 kicker in the country by ESPN … turned in a strong performance at the 2016 Southern Winter Showcase and an even better outing at the Southern Showcase Camp in May of 2017 … a finalist at the 2016 Vegas XXVIII … 2016 NC Summer Camp champion … coached by Michael Allen at Nation Ford High School … chose Alabama over Tennessee and Rutgers.

 

EMIL EKIYOR JR.

OL, 6-3, 339, Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral

One of the top-rated interior lineman nationally … selected as a four-star recruit by all major outlets … can play center or guard … 247Sports and the 247Composite list him as a center while Rivals and ESPN tab Ekiyor Jr. as a guard … ranked as the top-rated player in the state of Indiana by Rivals and ESPN as well as on the 247Composite … No. 52 on the ESPN300 and the No. 3 guard by the site … rated No. 100 nationally and the No. 2 center overall on the 247Composite … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … selected to the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game … first U.S. Army All-American in the storied football history of CHS … coached by Rick Streiff at Cathedral … father, Emil Sr., saw time in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons … selected Alabama over Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee as part of his 30-plus offers.

 

JEROME FORD

RB, 5-11, 195, Seffner, Fla./Armwood

A standout running back from the talent-rich state of Florida … a four-star runner and the No. 6 all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports … tabbed a three-star recruit on the 247Composite and by Rivals … coached by Evan Davis at Armwood High School … selected the Crimson Tide over Arizona, Nebraska, USF and UCF.

 

JOSH JOBE

DB, 6-1, 180, Miami, Fla./Cheshire Academy (Conn.)

Elite athlete that is rated as a four-star cornerback prospect by all major recruiting services … selected as the top player from the state of Connecticut by 247Sports and Rivals along with the 247Composite … tabbed the No. 7 corner nationally by 247Sports and the 47th-rated player overall by the site … listed as the No. 13 corner and No. 95 recruit on the 247Composite … No. 117 on the ESPN300, the No. 15 cornerback overall and the No. 26 player from Florida by ESPN … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … selected as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American … grew up in Miami, Fla., before moving to Connecticut for his senior season … attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami followed by Cheshire Academy as a senior … coached by Chris Merritt at CCHS and David Dykeman at Cheshire … chose Alabama over Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee.

CAMERON LATU
OLB, 6-5, 236, Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus
Rated as one of the top weakside defensive ends in the country in the 2018 signing class … a unanimous four-star prospect by all national recruiting outlets … the No. 2 player in Utah by 247Composite, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … 247Sports ranks Latu as the No. 3 player in the state … Rivals.com tabbed him the No. 6 weakside defensive end in the 2018 recruiting cycle … 247Composite’s No. 7 defensive end on the weak side, No. 9 according to 247Sports and the No. 16 defensive end on the ESPN300 … recorded 43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks for the Titans in 2017 … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … selected to play in Polynesian Bowl … played for Aaron Whitehead at Olympus High School … chose Alabama over Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oregon among others.

JAREZ PARKS

OLB, 6-4, 260, Sebastian, Fla./River

A composite four-star prospect along the defensive line who ranks as one of the country’s top defensive ends in the class of 2017 … ranked No. 93 in the 247Composite, the nation’s No. 7 weakside defensive end and the No. 17 player in Florida … Scout.com listed him at No. 68 in the Scout 300 and the No. 7 defensive end prospect … considered the No. 3 defensive end in the south by Scout.com and the No. 2 end in the state of Florida … rated at No. 115 in the ESPN 300, the No. 11 defensive end and the No. 22 player in the state of Florida … Rivals.com listed him at No. 118 in the Rivals 100, the No. 8 weak-side defensive end nationally and the No. 23 player in Florida … PrepStar ranked him at No. 60 on their Dream Team and the No. 5 end prospect … No. 145 in the Top247 and the No. 10 player at his position … played for the East team in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Game, River’s first ever to do so … second-team All-State selection in Florida’s Class 6A by the Associated Press … helped lead SRHS to the state semifinals as a senior and the state regional playoffs in his junior campaign … also contributed in track for the Sharks, participating in the shot put, discus and 4×100 meter relays … took first place in the discus and earned second place in the shot put at the 2017 FHSAA 3A State Outdoor Championships as a senior … did not play football until his sophomore year of high school … played for head coach David Pettis at Sebastian River High School … chose Alabama over in-state Florida and Florida State, as well as Auburn, Clemson and North Carolina.

 

SAIVION SMITH

DB, 6-1, 185, St. Petersburg, Fla./IMG Academy/LSU/Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

A consensus five-star prospect coming out of IMG Academy who originally signed with LSU in the 2016 recruiting class … spent the 2017 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College … will arrive at Alabama in January and have two years of eligibility remaining … an elite shutdown corner who possesses a blend of instincts and ball skills to go along with excellent size and speed … rated the No. 2 player in the 247Sports junior college rankings and the top defensive back … also second in the ESPN JC50 and the top-rated defensive back … played 12 games for MGCCC in 2017, exceling on the defensive side of the football and on special teams as a returner … finished with 31 tackles at cornerback with a tackle for loss and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown … knocked down six passes and forced a fumble … returned 26 kickoffs for an average of 27.6 yards per return with one touchdown … coming out of IMG, Smith was the No. 1 corner nationally by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Rivals listed him as the No. 9 player in the state of Florida … named to the USA Today All-USA High School All-America Team as a senior … played in the Under Armour All-American Game as a senior … invited to Nike’s “The Opening,” an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus in Oregon … also earned Florida All-USA first team defense honors from USA Today … recorded 67 tackles, four fumble recoveries and five interceptions as a junior in 2014 … finished his senior season with 43 tackles, a pass breakup, one blocked punt and three blocked field goals … spent his first two years of prep ball at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., before transferring to IMG Academy for his final two years where he played for Chris Weinke and Kevin Wright … then played for Jack Wright at Mississippi Gulf Coast … chose the Crimson Tide over South Carolina.


XAVIER WILLIAMS
WR, 6-1, 190, Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna Prep
One of the top receives in Florida in the 2018 recruiting cycle … a four-star wide receiver by all major recruiting outlets … rated as the No. 3 receiver, No. 29 player and eighth-best player from Florida on the ESPN300 by ESPN.com … the 33rd-ranked receiver and 32nd best player in Florida by Rivals.com … 247Sports rates Williams as the No. 45 receiver and No. 38 prospect in the Sunshine State … ranked as the No. 23 player in Florida and No. 26 receiver nationally by 247Composite … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” … took part in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … helped lead Chaminade-Madonna Prep to back-to-back state championship games in 2016 and 2017 and the Class 3A state championship in 2017 … caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in Chaminade’s 31-28 championship game victory … finished the season with 18 receptions for 387 yards and six touchdowns to give him 1,647 yards and 21 touchdowns on 67 career receptions … coached by Dameon Jones at Chaminade-Madonna Prep … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida State Texas and Texas A&M across his 20-plus offers.

STEPHON WYNN JR.

DL, 6-4, 308, Anderson, S.C./IMG Academy

One of the nation’s top defensive end prospects … a unanimous four-star prospect by the top recruiting sites … rated as the No. 70 player nationally, the 15th-ranked player from the state of South Carolina and the No. 3 defensive end in the 247Composite … tabbed the fourth-ranked defensive end and 89th player nationally while being named the 11th-ranked player from South Carolina by 247Sports … selected as the No. 6 defensive end and 24th-rated player from Florida by Rivals.com … listed at No. 89 on the ESPN300 while also being recognized as the No. 9 defensive end and 21st-rated player in the state … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” in 2017 … selected to play in the 2018 Under Armour All-America game … transferred to IMG Academy for his senior season, coming from T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C. … finished his senior campaign with 18 total tackles and three for a loss across eight games played at IMG … totaled 77 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a junior at Hanna … collected 73 tackles with 13 for a loss and four sacks in his sophomore campaign at TLHHS … coached by Kevin Wright at IMG Academy during his senior season … father, Stephon Sr., played tight end at Clemson from 1993-94 … chose Alabama over Clemson and Georgia along with receiving offers from an extensive list of other schools.