Alabama Football Recruiting: Top Out-of-State Prospects the Tide Are After
Aside from residing in a state that prides itself on producing great talent, another advantage for Alabama is its ability to consistently land elite out-of-state prospects.
Alabama has expanded its recruiting reach under head coach Nick Saban, as the South is no longer its sole source for recruits. The Crimson Tide are once again coveting several outstanding non-Alabama prospects for 2014 recruiting.
An offensive guard from California is desired because he would give the Tide the undisputed No. 1 offensive line class in the country. A cornerback from Texas could see early time in Tuscaloosa, plus 'Bama likes a pair of stud defensive ends from outside the state.
Charles Mosley, DT
A huge defensive tackle, Charles Mosley is a 4-star prospect who hails from Tennessee. The 6'5", 345-pound mammoth would fit in at Alabama as a solid nose tackle in the Tide's base 3-4 defense.
Mosley's game is based on size, strength and power. He's a natural space-eater who can clog holes, occupy blockers and make a mess in the middle. He plays to his size at the point of attack, is a load to move off his mark and is the type of defensive linemen inside linebackers love.
Tennessee is Alabama's biggest competition for him, says 247Sports.
Josh Frazier, DT
Josh Frazier is a 4-star defensive tackle who is nearly 6'3", and weighs almost 325 pounds. He has solid first-step quickness, good strength and battles in the trenches.
Frazier, who is from Arkansas, can powerfully stack blocks at the point of attack, anchor and locate the football. He is capable of shedding an offensive lineman, cleaning himself up in tight space and has adequate reach to get to the football.
Arkansas and Texas A&M are in the mix, along with Alabama, per 247Sports.
Davion Hall, S/WR
Hall, who is from Texas, is a 6'2", 186-pounder who can play receiver or safety. He has great athleticism, growth potential and speed. Hall possesses the range, quickness and vision to be a stud in the secondary, but his size and ability to track the football deep could make him an even better offensive player.
C.J. Hampton, S
Alabama lost 2013 safety Tony Conner to Ole Miss, so it is now trying to flip Rebel safety commit C.J. Hampton to get revenge.
A Mississippi native, Hampton took a recent visit to Alabama, according to John Garcia Jr. of BamaMag.com (subscription required). Landing the 4-star safety would be a great coup for 'Bama, as Hampton is a 6'1", 195-pounder who could play in the box or on top of the defense.
He shows good speed, vision, awareness and the instincts to get a quick jump on both the run and pass.
Tyler Luatua, TE
Hailing from southern California, tight end Tyler Luatua would be a solid compliment to freshman tight end O.J. Howard at Alabama.
The 4-star prospect is 6'4", 230 pounds and has the potential to develop into a complete player at his position. Luatua has good speed, can separate from linebackers with quickness and possesses excellent hands.
He also has the toughness to hold his own as a blocker, as Luatua plays big at the point of attack and has the strength to steer defensive ends and linebackers out of alleys. Alabama is in a tight race with Notre Dame for him, per 247Sports.
Matt Elam, DT
At 6'6" and 350 pounds, Matt Elam may have the most impressive listed size of any elite recruit in the country. He physically intimidates offensive linemen, and would fit in nicely at Alabama.
Elam, a 4-star prospect, is from Kentucky, and can eat blocks for lunch. He has the size and strength to control two gaps in the trenches, can anchor to make a mess versus running plays and disrupt the pocket by fighting through the middle.
He will sign with Kentucky or Alabama, according to the experts at 247Sports.
Malachi Dupre, WR
Alabama has done an excellent job of upgrading its talent at receiver in recent recruiting classes. With 5-star prospect Malachi Dupre on the radar, 'Bama has another chance to do some more upgrading.
Dupre is a 6'2.5", 187-pounder from Louisiana with good hands. He has adequate quickness in his release, but shows better build-up speed to get downfield. He has the length to extend and pluck passes with his mitts, controls his body well and can run with power after the catch.
LSU and UCLA will have to be beaten out to sign him, says 247Sports.
Damien Mama, OG
A 5-star guard who stands 6'4" and 370 pounds, Damien Mama has the potential to be an All-SEC blocker in Tuscaloosa. He has played a ton of snaps at tackle, but figures to kick inside in college.
Mama, who is from California, has good quickness to roll out of his stance at the snap. He plays strong and stout at the point of attack, has shock in his punch and shows no problems sustaining blocks. Mama can dance with rushers in tight space, has solid athleticism for his size and plays with great effort.
USC is heavy in the mix, but Alabama has a shot, according to several experts at 247Sports.
Solomon Thomas, DE
Solomon Thomas is a 5-star defensive lineman who would be a great fit as a defensive end in Alabama's defense. The Texas native is 6'3", 256 pounds and has good strength at the point of attack.
Thomas has adequate first-step quickness to attack a blocker, flashes quick and heavy hands and can set the edge versus running plays. He can anchor to hold his ground, but also has the ability to shed and pursue the ball in a hurry.
Thomas may not be an elite pass-rusher, but he has just enough of a burst to pressure the passer. Alabama is one of several powerhouse programs in the hunt, according 247Sports.
Elisha Shaw, DE
Another talented defensive lineman Alabama is after, Elisha Shaw is a Georgia native with incredible strength. Not many recruits possess the power Shaw has in his arms and shoulders.
At 6'5" and 295 pounds, the Peach State prospect can fire upfield and forcefully punch a blocker at the point of attack. He can latch his mitts onto an offensive lineman, find the football and violently shed to go make the stop.
After converting speed to power, Shaw has the strength to get under a blocker's pads and walk them into the lap of the quarterback as a rusher.
Ole Miss and Georgia are the main competitors in this race, per 247Sports.
Myles Garrett, DE
An athletic defensive end, Myles Garrett is a 5-star prospect who could move to outside linebacker at Alabama. He is from Texas, has an impressive frame and is mature for his age.
Garrett, who is 6'4" and 240 pounds, can launch upfield with explosive quickness at the snap. He has the capability of reaching the outside shoulder of a tackle quickly, bending around the pocket and finishing on the quarterback with a sharp burst.
Garrett flashes some ability to use his hands, plus he has the strength and toughness to play big versus running plays. Alabama is on his mind, but Texas A&M leads, says 247Sports.
Laurence Jones, S
At 6'2" and 214 pounds, 5-star safety Laurence Jones looks more like a linebacker than a defensive back. However, he has wonderful and smooth athleticism, range and ball skills.
Jones can work as a single-high safety, or patrol a deep-half of the field. The Louisiana native can fly out of transition, as he gets a jump on plays by quickly reading routes and playing with instincts. Jones has the hands of a receiver, and he also is not opposed to supporting the run.
He is expected to sign with LSU or Alabama, according to the experts at 247Sports.
Raekwon McMillan, LB
Alabama prides itself on playing stout defense, and the key to that is having great inside linebackers. Raekwon McMillan, a Georgia native, would be an excellent fit at the position in 'Bama's scheme.
McMillan, a 5-star prospect, is 6'2" and 242 pounds. He has explosive quickness in the box, as McMillan displays great anticipation, instincts and vision. He can strike offensive linemen and lead-blockers with force, shed with power and is one of the biggest hitters in the nation.
McMillan also flashes good athleticism, speed and range. He could be ready to contribute as a true freshman. Ohio State leads Alabama and Clemson, says 247Sports.
Jalen Tabor, CB
At 6'1" and 182 pounds, Jalen Tabor is a 5-star cornerback who is wanted by Alabama. He has outstanding length to press and jam receivers, shows good speed to stay attached downfield and has good ball skills.
Tabor, who is from D.C., also has the potential to develop into a great safety. He has solid short-area quickness, plays with confidence and can get his hands on a lot of ball that other cornerbacks can't. With Alabama being known to develop defensive backs, Tabor could become an All-American in Tuscaloosa.
Maryland, Florida and Vanderbilt are also in the race, per 247Sports.
Da'Shawn Hand, DE
Da'Shawn Hand may be the most intriguing player on this list, football-wise. Hand, who is from Virginia, could play outside linebacker/rush-end in the Tide's 3-4 scheme, but he could also grow into a true 5-technique defensive end one day.
At 6'4" and 254 pounds, Hand has good quickness at the snap, superior athleticism than most of his opponents and has great strength. He flashes a pass-rush plan, uses his hands well and is dangerous in pursuit.
The 5-star prospect will be ready to play as a true freshman, no matter where he ends up. Michigan and Florida are Alabama's main rivals for him, says 247Sports.
Tony Brown, CB
From Texas, Tony Brown is a 5-star cornerback with exceptional athleticism, speed and quickness. He has the strength to press receivers at the line, the hips to shoot out of transition when playing with cushion and also shows the discipline needed to factor in zone coverage.
Brown, who is 6'0" and 188 pounds, can match up with any receiver in the country. He possesses outstanding instincts and awareness, can peel off the perimeter to support the run and also can play both safety positions.
Alabama is in the mix, along with several other schools, but LSU is expected to sign him, says 247Sports.
Lorenzo Carter, DE
Lorenzo Carter is a 5-star defensive end from Georgia with outstanding potential. The 6'5", 232-pounder has long arms, solid strength and incredible athleticism on the field.
Carter can put his hand down and surge upfield, or stalk quarterbacks from a two-point stance. He has great range, reacts quickly to things on the field and can chase running backs from the back-side.
Carter could play outside linebacker in Tuscaloosa, while moving to a traditional defensive end role when Alabama switches to 4-3 alignments.
Georgia and Florida are the main competitors for Alabama, says 247Sports.
Leonard Fournette, RB
Although Alabama signed four great running backs in 2013, and has several talented runners already on its roster, 5-star recruit Leonard Fournette still is a priority.
Fournette, who is 6'1" and 226 pounds, has a great combination of speed, strength and instincts. He has above-average wiggle in his running style, as he can elude defenders when decides he doesn't want to challenge them at the point of attack.
Fournette has good vision, knows how to set up blocks and makes good decisions with the ball. He also has great hands, as the Louisiana native can be a dominant weapon in the passing game.
LSU is expected to land him, but Alabama is in the mix, according to 247Sports.
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