A few accolades for Dre Kirkpatrick, rated as one of the top overall players in the 2009 college football recruiting class:
No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the ESPNU150 and the No. 11 player in the Rivals100...a Parade All-American...USA Today All-American...U.S. Army All-American...EA Sports First-Team All-American...a SuperPrep All-American, Elite 50 player, and No. 7 defensive back.
He is listed as the country's No. 1 cornerback by ESPNU and Rivals.com...rated as the No. 5 cornerback by Scout.com...Rivals.com also ranks Kirkpatrick as the No. 2 player in Alabama and the fifth-fastest cornerback with the fifth-best cover skills...consensus five-star recruit.
SuperPrep lists him as the No. 2 player in Alabama...No. 2 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 3 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120...12th nationally in Tom Lemming's Prep Football while garnering All-America honors from Lemming as well.
Member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and The Birmingham News...rated No. 2 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list...The ASWA 2008 Back of the Year...two-time All-State player after first earning recognition as a junior in 2007.
Member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team...played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game.
Recorded 80 tackles with six interceptions and 15 pass breakups as a senior...notched 58 tackles as six picks as a junior...had 55 stops and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2006...coached by Joe Billingsley.
His numbers as a high school player stand on their own; the kid loves to play football!
He will be an impact player for the next four years and will be as important and as impressive as Antonio Langham, and all true Tide fans know what he accomplished at the Capstone. At 6'3", 185, he will be a major part of our defense the next four years.
I can't wait to see him play in Crimson and White. Roll Tide!!