Alabama Football Recruiting 2012: 5-Star Recruits Bama Is Hoping To Snag

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2011

Alabama Football Recruiting 2012: 5-Star Recruits Bama Is Hoping To Snag

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    What can you say about Alabama? They're one of biggest recruiting juggernauts in the game today and always find themselves in contention for the No.1 overall class. 

    Getting the No.1 overall class is always aided by snagging up 5-star recruits, and the Tide have snagged up more than their fair share. This year they already have two in the fold in LB Reggie Ragland and Safety Eddie Williams.

    What other 5-star recruits are looking to play in Tuscaloosa?

5-Star DE Prospects

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    The 5-star DE prospects Alabama is hunting are Jordan Jenkins, Adolphus Washington and Channing Ward.

    Jenkins likely would out to OLB in the 'Bama defensive scheme, but it would still allow him to rush the passer, as that is what he does best.

    Ward is a big 6'6", 250-pounder who could grow into a 3-4 end, or be a big stand-up rush end.

    Ward likely would also kick out to the the OLB position, perhaps even the JACK LB spot for Nick Saban.

    Yet, all three could put their hand down when the Tide move into 40 fronts. 

5-Star RB Prospects

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    Alabama is recruiting both Keith Marshall and Rushel Shell, both 5-star recruits according to 

    Marshall is a speedy back at 5'11", 190-pounds that is also looking at Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida.

    Shell is a tough read, and could be making his pledge in the coming weeks. Rumors have it that Pitt is the favorite, but Nick Saban reportedly made a favorable impression on Shell last spring.

5-Star DT Prospects

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    Both Quay Evans and Eddie Goldman have the Tide in consideration. Both players are monsters in the middle and could add a ton of talent to the Tide's defensive front.

    Evans earlier said Mississippi State was his leader but he also really digs 'Bama, LSU, Ole Miss, USC and Oregon.

    Goldman's list just trimmed down from 15 to seven and Alabama is a prime contender. The only problem would be if 'Bama asks Goldman to play nose guard, a position he has no desire to play.

5-Star OL Prospects

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    Alabama is in the running for Andrus Peat, Zach Banner and Avery Young.

    Peat may be a bit of a long shot, as he has mentioned Nebraska, Michigan and Notre Dame more than Alabama. But a visit to Tuscaloosa could easily move 'Bama back up.

    Banner has a long list of 10 schools in the hunt and Alabama is one of them. He's a big 6'9", 305-pounder that I think could be a better RT than LT.

    Young has a top six which includes Alabama. I think Oklahoma may be the favorite, but Young does dig the business-minded atmosphere of the Tide program.

Landon Collins, DS/OLB

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    Collins says he has a top five, but he's even said that it'll come down to LSU and Alabama.

    He's a Louisiana native which bodes well for the Tigers, but he absolutely loved his camp visit to Alabama in the summer.

    The 6'0", 210-pounder can play SS or double down as an OLB. He's a ferocious hitter and is extremely instinctive. 

    Alabama would love to have him.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

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    Green-Beckham took an unofficial visit to Alabama early this summer and liked what he saw. The nation's No.1 player has a lot of interest in playing for Alabama.

    However he has also visited Missouri, Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas and Ole Miss. So there's competition for the 6'6", 220-pound WR with 4.3 speed services.

    DGB says he has a top five now, but won't reveal the list until months from now. Alabama likely should make the cut and get a visit from him.