Alabama Football: Receivers Look to Make a Difference in 2008

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IJune 9, 2008

Incoming freshmen Julio Jones, Melvin Ray, and Destin Hood look to fill the void at wide receiver for the Crimson Tide.

Julio Jones comes in as one of the most celebrated recruits in history, and for good reason—in three seasons at Foley High he had 194 receptions for 3,287 yards and 43 touchdowns.  He was Mr. Football of Alabama and the Gatorade Player of the Year.

Look for Julio to make an impact for the Tide early, much like Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech.

Melvin Ray is not getting the press like Jones, but he is just as good, with 48 catches for 912 yards—for an average of 19 yards per catch—with 13 touchdowns during his senior season at North Florida Christian.

Ray is a big receiver at 6'3", 202 pounds, but that does not slow him down—with a 4.5-second 40-meter dash, he can blow right by the defense.

Destin Hood is a two-sport star out of St. Paul's Episcopal High in Mobile, Ala.

Hood recorded 56 receptions for 986 yards and 15 touchdowns and was named an All-State performer.

He was also drafted 55th overall by the Washington Nationals in the MLB draft.

With these three coming to the Capstone, look for Alabama to be set at wide receiver for years to come.