Houston Nutt to Ole Miss. No idea who's going to be in at Arkansas. Jeff Bower's out at Southern Miss. They'll probably get Tyrone Nix. What on earth will Bower be doing next year? I heard Franchione's name associated with Duke. Would they really want that scum? Honestly?
For once, there's just a ton of jobs opening up - and Alabama's not one of them. We've got our coach. We have our recruiting base nailed down. We're killing em on the trails. We'll continue doing what we do while everyone else tries to figure out how to catch up.
So, let's take a look at the potential that we will have on the field next season with Saban's classes. Not saying these kids will be starters, of course, but it bodes well for the future. We'll go through the offense first.
Nick Fanuzzi - 6'3" 200lbs 3-star recruit from San Antonio, TX. He runs a 4.6, like Star Jackson, and seems to fit into Applewhite's schemes perfectly. He was redshirted this year after playing all of 3 snaps against Western Carolina.
Star Jackson - 6'3" 182lbs 4-star qb that runs a 4.6. He's a hoss and is a quick decision maker. He thinks pass first all the time, but he has the wheels to be able to make a play out of nothing.
Jeramie Griffin - 6'0" 230lbs 3-star fullback from South Panola in Batesville, MS. High school team never lost a game while he was on the team. He has breakaway 4.45 speed - which is odd for a fullback. He's a best though - so you could see him more at tailback.
Demetrius Goode - 4-star running back, 5'11" 200lbs and runs a 4.5 40. He's big, mean, and best of all, he's fast as who-knows-what. He tore his ACL this year, otherwise he might would have started for us this year.
Ivan Matchett - One of the two rbs we got from Mobile this season. 5'10" 206lbs and runs a 4.5. He's another one built just like Goode. This tandem will be tough to stop for years to come.
Jermaine Preyear - The 2nd of the two rbs we got from Mobile. 5'11" 205lbs and runs a 4.5, just like the other two. Like I said, this tandem will be tough to stop for years to come. You gotta like the fact that they're all big, strong - and fast on top of that.
Playmakers (slot, returners, etc)
Burton Scott - 5'11" 194lbs and runs a 4.4. He's a 5-star athlete with speed like you may not ever see again. He's lightning quick - and having him line up in the slot could allow you to do oh-so-many things with your offense.
Marquis Maze - 5'8" 160lbs and runs a 4.4. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the next coming of Tyrone Prothro. His hands aren't as good as Pro's, but I'll be damned if he's not just as quick, if not quicker. He's an amazing athlete - you'll see him returning kicks with Javier next year, and possibly lining up in the slot every now and then. Anything you can do to get the football in his hands, you should do it. Rumor is that every time this kid touches the football in practice, Coach Saban just grins and shakes his head. That's a good sign.
Mark Barron - 6'2" 202lbs and runs a 4.5. Sounds like a beast, right? With so many playmakers already, and the possibility of Julio Jones coming in, I would have to believe that he'll end up playing somewhere in the secondary. He's too big and too quick to not be an outstanding safety. I could be wrong though.
Julio Jones - No, he's not committed, but I'm assuming he will eventually. He's the best prospect to come out of the state since God-knows-when. He'll be all-world, as long as we have a qb that can get him the football. 6'4", 215lbs, and runs a 4.48. His vertical is stupid - 41 inches. He's like a damn superhero or something.
Brandon Gibson - Pretty important signee from the '07 class. He's 6'2" 190lbs and runs a 4.5. He's got great hands - as anybody that watched him at UMS-Wright will tell you - and he'll be a GREAT possession receiver. May not be a big play threat, but the kid can catch the football.
Destin Hood - 6'3" 190lbs and runs a 4.5. Another kid that can just flat out catch the football. Mobile is just filled with these kids - and it looks like they're all coming to the Capstone. Haha.
Melvin Ray - Another 4-star recruit, only this one's from Tallahassee. 6'2" 190lbs and another one that runs a 4.5 40. I haven't seen much on him, but my guess is that he's another one that just doesn't drop passes.
Chris Underwood - The diamond in the rough. 6'4" 202lbs, and has probably gotten bigger since he's been on campus. Forget Nick Walker and Travis McCall - this will be your pass-catching tight end next season. Bank on it. He was only a 2-star, but he's still a helluva athlete.
We'll focus on the defense tomorrow, and then we'll start working on the offensive and defensive lines later in the week.
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