Alabama Football: Any Way You Look at Roster, Crimson Tide Loaded

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Alabama Football: Any Way You Look at Roster, Crimson Tide Loaded
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Running back Derrick Henry is one of 15 5-star players on the Crimson Tide's roster.

At the end of spring practices, there was one player from the recruiting class of 2009 remaining on the University of Alabama football roster, although most Crimson Tide fans probably don't remember ever seeing him on the field.

He was rated a 3-star player. He's since lined up at two different positions and finally saw his first game action last season.

His name? Anthony Orr.

It’s almost hard to believe that same recruiting class also had Trent Richardson, Dre Kirkpatrick, D.J. Fluker, James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, Eddie Lacy and Nico Johnson, who have all been in the National Football League for at least a year, while AJ McCarron, Kevin Norwood and Ed Stinson were selected in the recent draft.

That’s five first-round selections, an NFL rookie of the year and winners of too many collegiate awards to list. Most were also part of winning three national championships.

“I really do think the most accurate way to be able to rank any recruiting class would be three years down the road,” Nick Saban said on national signing day, “because I think the challenge for all these young men that got recruited today, wherever they're going, is to be able to stay focused on what they need to do to improve as players and do the things that they need to do to become very effective college football players.

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Nick Saban has surrounded himself with an amazing amount of talent.
“And it is a challenge to go from high school to college. Maybe the biggest challenge of all, maybe even more so going from college to the NFL.”

Nevertheless, with a unanimous No. 1 recruiting class this year, the Crimson Tide remains loaded with talent. Despite needing arguably 11 new starters (four offense, seven defense), the lineup looks like something straight out of one of those high-profile all-star games that the nation’s best recruits play in every year. 

So after reviewing the Crimson Tide position by position earlier this week, the following is a different look at Alabama’s roster based on how each player was evaluated as a prospect. After each name is the year he signed, what level he was assigned (stars, five being the best) and his overall national rank according to the composite rankings by 247Sports

 

Quarterbacks (5)

  • David Cornwell, 2014, 4, 79
  • Cooper Bateman, 2013, 4, 80
  • Blake Sims, 2010, 4, 275*
  • Jacob Coker, 2011, 3, 532 (FSU)
  • Alec Morris, 2012, 3, 569

 

Running backs (7)

  • Derrick Henry, 2013, 5, 12
  • Bo Scarbrough, 2014, 5, 16
  • T.J. Yeldon, 2012, 5, 28
  • Altee Tenpenny, 2013, 4, 53
  • Tyren Jones, 2013, 4, 66
  • Kenyan Drake, 2012, 4, 130
  • Jalston Fowler, 2010, 4, 220

 

Wide receivers (9)

  • Robert Foster, 2013, 5, 23
  • Chris Black, 2012, 4, 45
  • Amari Cooper, 2012, 4, 46
  • Cameron Sims, 2014, 4, 84
  • ArDarius Stewart, 2013, 4, 86
  • DeAndrew White, 2010, 4, 107
  • Derek Kief, 2014, 4, 221
  • Raheem Falkins, 2013, 3, 361
  • Christion Jones, 2011, 3, 365*

 

Tight ends (5)

  • O.J. Howard, 2013, 5, 19
  • Malcolm Faciane, 2011, 4, 190
  • Brian Vogler, 2010, 4, 228
  • Kurt Freitag, 2012, 3, 480
  • Ty Flournoy-Smith, 2014, 3, 103 (JC)-x

 

Offensive line (16)

  • Cam Robinson, 2014, 5, 4
  • Grant Hill, 2013, 4, 61
  • Ross Pierschbacher, 2014, 4, 74
  • Brandon Greene, 2012, 4, 125
  • Dominick Jackson, 2014, 4, 2 (JC)
  • JC Hassenauer, 2014, 4, 172
  • Arie Kouandjio, 2010, 4, 173
  • Ryan Kelly, 2011, 4, 237
  • Alphonse Taylor, 2012, 4, 266
  • Joshua Casher, 2014, 4, 280
  • Leon Brown, 2013, 4, 19 (JC)
  • Isaac Luatua, 2011, 3, 391
  • Montel McBride, 2014, 3, 422
  • Bradley Bozeman, 2013, 3, 471
  • Brandon Hill, 2013, 3, 505-x
  • Austin Shepherd, 2010, 3, 623

 

Defensive line (15)

  • Da’Shawn Hand, 2014, 5, 5
  • Jonathan Allen, 2013, 5, 16*
  • A’Shawn Robinson, 2013, 5, 33
  • Dee Liner, 2013, 4, 46
  • Josh Frazier, 2014, 4, 85
  • Korren Kirven, 2012, 4, 166
  • Jarran Reed, 2014, 4, 13 (JC)
  • D.J. Pettway, 2011, 4, 206 (2014, 4, 14 JC)
  • Dalvin Tomlinson, 2012, 4, 217
  • O.J. Smith, 2014, 3, 398
  • Johnny Dwight, 2014, 3, 429
  • Dakota Ball, 2012, 3 432
  • Darren Lake, 2012, 3, 584
  • Brandon Ivory, 2010, 3, NA
  • Anthony Orr, 2009, 3, 582

 

Linebackers (14)

  • Reuben Foster, 2013, 5, 6
  • Rashaan Evans, 2014, 5, 15
  • Trey DePriest, 2011, 5, 29
  • Xzavier Dickson, 2011, 4, 34
  • Christian Miller, 2014, 4, 39
  • Reggie Ragland, 2012, 4, 41
  • Ronnie Clark, 2014, 4, 70
  • Ryan Anderson, 2012, 4, 78
  • Tim Williams, 2013, 4, 82
  • Dillon Lee, 2012, 4, 101
  • Denzel Devall, 2012, 4, 139
  • Shaun Dion Hamilton, 2014, 4, 203
  • Keith Holcombe, 2014, 4, 281
  • Walker Jones, 2013, 3, 658

 

Secondary (14)

  • Landon Collins, 2012, 5, 7
  • Tony Brown, 2014, 5, 9
  • Marlon Humphrey, 2014, 5, 12
  • Cyrus Jones, 2012, 4, 43*
  • Laurence “Hootie” Jones, 2014, 4, 50
  • Geno Smith, 2012, 4, 61
  • Maurice Smith, 2013, 4, 84
  • Bradley Sylve, 2011, 4, 106*
  • Jarrick Williams, 2010, 4, 130
  • Nick Perry, 2010, 4, 250
  • Anthony Averett, 2013, 4, 273
  • Jabriel Washington, 2011, 4, 285
  • Eddie Jackson, 2013, 3, 349
  • Jonathan Cook, 2013, 3, 524

 

Special teams (3)

  • Adam Griffith, 2012, 3, 656
  • JK Scott, 2014, 3, MA
  • Cole Mazza, 2013, 3, NA

*Wasn’t necessarily recruited at the position now playing.

x-Hill attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia while Flournoy-Smith went to Georgia Military College to quality academically.

There are some interesting things that stand out.

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Roster

Alabama doesn’t release scholarship information, but the above roster gives the Crimson Tide 42 offensive players, 43 defensive players and three specialists, which adds up to 88, three over the limit.

Saban usually doesn’t disclose information about players who may not return until after the fact, or about incoming players who haven't qualified academically. At least one has yet to arrive at the Capstone and the coach recently said that a couple of signees may need summer classes.

Incidentally, Orr has already graduated.

 

Year-by-year totals

With six players from the recruiting class of 2011 already in the NFL there are just nine remaining, the same number of holdovers from 2010. Meanwhile, 20 players from 2012 are still on the roster.

With two departures already, there are 23 players remaining from the recruiting class of 2013.

 

Stars galore

If it wanted to, Alabama could start a 5-star recruit at every defensive position minus two (it’s a linebacker and safety short). Overall, it’s slated to have 15 5-star players (six on offense, nine defense), and 50 (25 and 25) who were rated as 4-four prospects on the roster this season.

Combined, that’s a staggering 76.5 percent of the roster.

 

Christopher Walsh is the lead Alabama football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. 

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