Crimson Tide Finish with No. 1 Recruiting Class in 2016

The University of Alabama announced that 17 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide Wednesday, joining eight players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama announced that 17 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide Wednesday, joining eight players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.

 

The 25 total players, including eight mid-year enrollees, come from 12 states and Washington, D.C. (1) – Alabama (7), Texas (4), Mississippi (3), Louisiana (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Florida (1), California (1), North Carolina (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Oklahoma (1).

 

As of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Alabama’s 2016 signing class ranked No. 1 nationally by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, while ranking No. 2 by ESPN

 

As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster five offensive linemen, five linebackers, four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, two tight ends and one quarterback.

 

The January enrollees include junior college OL Charles Baldwin (Windsor, Conn./ASA College), LB Christian Bell (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), TE Miller Forristall (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville), QB Jalen Hurts (Channelview, Texas/Channelview), LB Shawn Jennings (Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville), OL Chris Owens (Arlington, Texas/Arlington), WR T.J. Simmons (Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville) and OL Jonah Williams (Folsom, Calif./Folsom).

 

The Crimson Tide had eight players enroll in the spring of 2014 and 2015, seven in 2013, seven in 2012, nine in 2011, 11 in 2010 and four in 2009.
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Among the 25 players are:

  • 6 Five-Star Prospects (at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN & Scout): Charles Baldwin, Jonah Williams, Kendell Jones, Ben Davis, Terrell Hall and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson
  • 16 Four-Star Prospects (at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN & Scout): Jalen Hurts, Chris Owens, Miller Forristall, T.J. Simmons, B.J. Emmons, Deonte Brown, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden, Irvin Smith, Aaron Robinson, Shyheim Carter, Scott Lashley, Joshua Jacobs
  • 9 players participated in the Under Armour All-America Game – Chris Owens, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Nigel Knott, Terrell Hall, Deonte Brown, Shyheim Carter
  • 1 player participated in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl – Raekwon Davis
  • 3 members of USA Today’s 2015 All-USA High School Football Team – Ben Davis (1st), Lyndell “Mack” Wilson (1st), Jonah Williams (2nd)
  • 16 players in the ESPN300 – Jonah Williams, Chris Owens, B.J. Emmons, Trevon Diggs, Deonte Brown, Kendell Jones, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Ben Davis, Terrell Hall, Shyheim Carter, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden, Aaron Robinson, Scott Lashley
  • 7 players in the Rivals100 – Jonah Williams, B.J. Emmons, Raekwon Davis, Ben Davis, Terrell Hall, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Nigel Knott
  • 13 players in the Rivals250 – Jonah Williams, B.J. Emmons, Raekwon Davis, Ben Davis, Terrell Hall, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Nigel Knott, Michail Carter, Jalen Hurts, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Jared Mayden, Shyheim Carter
  • 15 players in the 247Sports Top 247: Jalen Hurts, Chris Owens, Jonah Williams, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Deonte Brown, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Terrell Hall, Nigel Knott, Shyheim Carter, Scott Lashley
  • 17 players in the Scout300: Jalen Hurts, Chris Owens, Jonah Williams, Miller Forristall, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Deonte Brown, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Terrell Hall, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden, Shyheim Carter, Scott Lashley
  • 11 players on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team – Chris Owens, Jonah Williams, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Raekwon Davis, Trevon Diggs, Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Terrell Hall, Nigel Knott, Shyheim Carter

 

2016 ALABAMA SIGNING DAY ROSTER

NAME POS HT WT CL HOMETOWN/SCHOOL
Charles Baldwin OL 6-5 300 Jr. Windsor, Conn./Windsor/ASA College
Christian Bell LB 6-4 220 Fr. Hoover, Ala./Hoover
Deonte Brown OL 6-4 350 Fr. Decatur, Ala./Austin
Shyheim Carter DB 6-0 190 Fr. Kentwood, La./Kentwood
Ben Davis LB 6-4 240 Fr. Gordo, Ala./Gordo
Raekwon Davis DL 6-7 325 Fr. Meridian, Miss./Meridian
Trevon Diggs WR 6-2 185 Fr. Gaithersburg, Md./Avalon School
B.J. Emmons RB 6-0 220 Fr. Morganton, N.C./Freedom
Miller Forristall TE 6-5 220 Fr. Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville
Terrell Hall LB 6-5 245 Fr. Washington, D.C./St. John’s
Jalen Hurts QB 6-2 205 Fr. Channelview, Texas/Channelview
Joshua Jacobs RB 5-10 200 Fr. Tulsa, Okla./McLain
Shawn Jennings LB 6-1 220 Fr. Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville
Kendell Jones DL 6-5 350 Fr. Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker
Jamar King DL 6-4 290 Jr. Detroit, Mich./Denby/Mendocino C.C.
Nigel Knott DB 5-11 180 Fr. Madison, Miss./Germantown
Scott Lashley OL 6-7 325 Fr. West Point, Miss./West Point
Jared Mayden DB 6-0 198 Fr. Sachse, Texas/Sachse
Chris Owens OL 6-3 315 Fr. Arlington, Texas/Lamar
Aaron Robinson DB 6-1 185 Fr. Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
T.J. Simmons WR 6-2 195 Fr. Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
Irvin Smith TE 6-4 235 Fr. New Orleans, La./Brother Martin
Jonah Williams OL 6-5 290 Fr. Folsom, Calif./Folsom
Quinnen Williams DL 6-4 265 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah
Lyndell “Mack” Wilson LB 6-2 240 Fr. Montgomery, Ala./Carver

 

 

 

PLAYER BIOS – ENROLLED (8)

 

Charles Baldwin

OL, 6-5, 310, Windsor, Conn./Windsor/ASA College

Widely considered the top junior college offensive tackle in the nation … a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, which ranked him as the No. 2 overall player in the Rivals JUCO100 and the No. 1 offensive tackle … the No. 1 junior college player in the nation according to ESPN JC50 … out of ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., he earned second team NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore in 2015 … earned five stars from Scout.com and was listed as the No. 3 overall JUCO player and No. 2 tackle … a four-star tackle by 247Sports … rated as the No. 2 overall JUCO prospect and the No. 1 tackle in both 247’s junior college Composite and 247 junior college rankings … PrepStar All-East Region selection … believed to be the first scholarship player at Alabama from Connecticut … played for head coach Rob Fleeting at Windsor High School and for Chris Boden … as a senior in 2013 selected to the Connecticut Class-L All-State team … member of the 2014 All-Courant offensive team … chose Alabama over Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Ole Miss.

 

Christian Bell

LB, 6-4, 220, Hoover, Ala./Hoover

Comes to Alabama after a successful career at Hoover High School … arrived at the Capstone in January of 2016 and will participate in spring practice … a four-star prospect by ESPN … selected to participate in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … in the 2015 recruiting cycle, ranked No. 225 in the ESPN300, the No. 19 defensive end prospect and No. 9 player in Alabama … a Top 300 All-American by Prepstar ranked 114th in the Southeast region by ESPN … No. 19 weakside defensive end by 247Sports.com and No. 445 in their 247Composite … ranked as the No. 18 weakside end by Rivals.com and the No 14 player in the state of Alabama … Scout.com ranked him 40th among defensive ends and the No. 4 end in Alabama … finished his senior season (2014) with 33 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and seven quarterback hurries … played for head coach Josh Niblett at Hoover High School … chose Alabama over Mississippi State and UCLA.

 

Miller Forristall
TE, 6-5, 220, Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville

A January 2016 early enrollee who will have the opportunity to participate in spring practice … received an invite to Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … four-star recruit by Scout.com and is the No. 11 tight end overall and rated No. 267 in the Scout300 … the No. 11 tight end/H-back nationally by ESPN … received a three-star grade by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … named PrepStar All-Southeast Region … No. 21 tight end nationally by Rivals.com … ranked as the No. 17 tight end by 247sports.com … finished his senior season with 57 catches for 902 yards and 11 touchdowns … earned 2015 first team All-State from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Class AAAA … played quarterback as a junior … was coached by Joey King at Cartersville High School … chose Alabama over Cal, Mississippi State and Miami (Fla.).

 

Jalen Hurts

QB, 6-2, 205, Channelview, Texas/Channelview

Arrived at the Capstone in January of 2016 in time for spring practice and gains a head start on learning the Alabama offense … a unanimous four-star prospect … the nation’s No.1-ranked dual-threat quarterback by 247sports … ranked seventh nationally by Scout.com and ninth by Rivals.com … ranked No. 104 in the Top247, No. 154 in the Scout300, No. 177 in the 247Composite and No. 231 in the Rivals250 … listed as the top dual-threat signal-caller in Texas by ESPN.com and Scout.com while ranking second by Rivals.com … threw for 2,384 yards in 11 games for head coach Averion Hurts at Channelview High School in 2015 … recorded 26 touchdown passes while rushing for a career-high 1,391 yards and 25 scores as a senior … passed for 2,545 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior with 951 yards rushing and 19 scores … named Texas District 21-6A Overall MVP in 2014 and 2015 … chose Alabama over Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Florida.

 

Shawn Jennings

DB, 6-1, 220, Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville

Arrived at Alabama in January of 2016 as one of the top athletes and defensive backs in the state … will participate in spring drills in 2016 … coming off of an injury four games into his senior season and the brother of 2015 Crimson Tide signee Anfernee Jennings … ranked as the No. 39 athlete in the nation in the 247Composite and the No. 19 player in the state … the No. 58 athlete by 247Sports … rated as the No. 40 safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 14 player in the state … listed as the No. 43 safety by ESPN and the No. 48 safety according to Scout.com … member of the PrepStar All-Southeast Region team … coached by Richard White at Dadeville High School where he earned second team All-State honors as an athlete from the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2014 … chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn.

 

Chris Owens
OL, 6-3, 315, Arlington, Texas/Lamar

A January 2016 early enrollee … participated in the Under Armour All-American Game … consensus four-star guard … rated as the No. 10 guard nationally and No. 26 player in the state of Texas by 247Composite ratings … the ninth-rated guard and No. 35 player from Texas by 247Sports.com … slotted at third-ranked offensive guard and No. 76 overall player in the ESPN300 rankings … No. 170 in the Scout300 and the services’ No. 11 guard … the No. 2 guard in the Midlands by Scout.com and the No. 2 guard in Texas … the No. 145 overall player and sixth-rated offensive guard on the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team … second team 6A All-State selection by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors … coached by Laban DeLay at Arlington Lamar High School … chose Alabama over Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

 

T.J. Simmons
WR, 6-2, 195, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
A January 2016 early enrollee who will participate in spring drills … rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 5 player in Alabama by Rivals.com … also listed at the No. 57 overall receiver by Rivals … tabbed a three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout.com … Scout.com ranks him as the No. 48 wide receiver and the top receiver in Alabama … No. 81 wide receiver by  named a PrepStar All-Southeast Region … selected as a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Super 12 squad … named to the AL.com Super All-State team … hauled in 47 catches for 1,228 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns during his senior season … also collected one rushing score and notched a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown … coached by Jerry Hood at Clay-Chalkville High School … chose Alabama over Mississippi State and Cincinnati.

 

Jonah Williams

OL, 6-5, 290, Folsom, Calif./Folsom

One of the top offensive line prospects in the nation and top overall players in California … arrived in January as an early enrollee and will participate in spring drills … a second team USA Today All-USA All-American selection … a five-star player who is considered a top-three offensive tackle prospect … ranked No. 17 in the 247Sports.com Composite and No. 24 in the Top247 … ranked as the outlet’s No. 2 offensive tackle in the composite while ranking as the No. 3 overall player in the state of California … Rivals.com listed him as the No. 24 player in the Rivals100, the No. 2 offensive tackle and the No. 3 player in the state … a four-star prospect by ESPN and the No. 25 player in the ESPN300 … ESPN ranks him as the No. 3 offensive tackle … Scout.com seeded him as the No. 58 player nationally and the No. 4 overall tackle … a member of the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team at No. 18 nationally and the No. 2 offensive tackle … member of the MaxPreps 2015 All-Northern California High School Football Team … played for head coach Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor at Folsom High School … chose Alabama over Southern California, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

 

 

PLAYER BIOS – SIGNED (17)

 

Deonte Brown
OL, 6-4, 350, Decatur, Ala./Austin

One of the nation’s top offensive guards … selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game … consensus four-star prospect … hails from Alabama, rated as one of the state’s top-10 players by almost every recruiting outlet … tabbed as one of the top 10 guards nationally … Scout.com ranks him as the No. 6 offensive guard nationally and the second-ranked guard in the South … 102nd nationally in the Scout300 … 126thin the ESPN300 and the No. 7 guard and the No. 5 player in Alabama … ranked as the No. 9 guard in the 247Composite, the No. 175 player nationally and fifth-best player in Alabama … No. 229 in the Top247 and the No. 10 guard in the 247Sports rankings … selected as a PrepStar Top300 All-American as the No. 9 offensive guard overall … selected as the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Class 6A Lineman of the Year … also named to the ASWA’s Super 12 squad … member of the AL.com Super All-State team … coached by Jeremy Perkins at Austin High School in Decatur, Ala. … chose Alabama over Auburn and Tennessee.

 

Ben Davis

LB, 6-4, 240, Gordo, Ala./Gordo

The nation’s top-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … consensus five-star prospect … son of Alabama legend Wayne Davis, who still holds the Tide’s career record for tackles (327) … 2015 first team USA Today All-USA … participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … the unanimous top-rated player in the state of Alabama … ranked fifth in the Rivals100 … No. 11 in the Scout300 … No. 13 in the Top247 … ranked No. 22 overall on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team … No. 24 in the ESPN300 and the No. 15 player in the Southeast region … rated as the No. 10 player nationally in the 247Composite and the top inside linebacker … recorded 105 tackles with three sacks and two interceptions as a senior in 2015 while also catching 33 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns … 2015 AL.com Defensive MVP and Super All-State … first team 3A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and the ASWA 3A Lineman of the Year … ASWA Super 12 selection … named Alabama Defensive MVP at the 2015 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … played for head coach Ryan Lolley at Gordo High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.

 

Raekwon Davis
DL, 6-7, 325, Meridian, Miss./Meridian

One of the top defensive tackle prospects … participated in the Army All-America Bowl and Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … unanimous four-star recruit by every major recruiting outlet … rated as the No. 83 overall player, the No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 5 player from Mississippi by the 247Composite … listed 88th in the Rivals150 … the No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 4 player in Mississippi by Rivals … labeled the fifth-rated player in Mississippi and No. 92 overall recruit in the Top247 … ESPN ranks him as the No. 6 player in Mississippi and No. 150 in the ESPN300 listings … named to the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team as the No. 94 overall player and No. 11 defensive tackle … recorded 55 tackles, including 12.5 for a loss, 8.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries during his senior season … played for head coach Larry Weems at Meridian High School … chose Alabama over Mississippi State and Florida State.

 

 

 

Shyheim Carter
DB, 6-0, 190, Kentwood, La./Kentwood
An elite athlete and one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation … selected to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … a unanimous four-star prospect … 2015 first team Small Schools All-American by MaxPreps.com … No. 32 on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team and the No. 3 cornerback prospect nationally … ranked No. 40 in the ESPN300, the No. 6 cornerback, No. 4 player in Louisiana and No. 25 in the Southeast region … No. 98 in the Scout300 and the No. 8 cornerback in the nation … ranked by 247Sports as No. 107 in the Top247 and No. 5 player in the state of Louisiana … No. 114 in the Rivals250 and the nation’s No. 5 athlete … listed as the No. 9 corner and No. 71 overall in the 247Composite … was a force on both sides of the ball for head coach Jonathan Foster at Kentwood High School … recorded 57 tackles and five interceptions as a senior in 2015 … threw for 2,443 yards while rushing for 1,648 yards and 30 total touchdowns on offense … Class 1A Offensive MVP by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Louisiana Football Coaches Association in 2014 and 2015 … LSWA and LFCA first team All-State in 2014 and 2015 … Chose Alabama over Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Miami (Fla.).

 

Trevon Diggs

WR/ATH, 6-2, 185, Gaithersburg, Md./The Avalon School

One of the elite cornerback prospects and a top athlete in the 2016 class … a consensus four-star prospect … ranked 113th in the 247Composite while being listed as the No. 4 athlete and the fifth-best player in the state of Maryland … Scout.com rates him at No. 115 in the Scout300 and the No. 11 athlete … Scout.com also seeds him as the No. 1 athlete in the eastern half of the county … rated as the No. 1 wide receiver in Maryland, No. 135 in the Rivals300 and the No. 29 receiver … listed at No. 125 in the ESPN300 and the No. 6 athlete nationally and top as the top athlete in the state of Maryland … No. 185 in the Top247 … ranked as the No. 7 athlete nationally and the No. 6 player in the state of Maryland … member of the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team (No. 105) … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” in 2015 … caught 78 passes for 1,008 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior in 2014 … two-time All-Met receiver by the Washington Post … coached by Tyree Spinner at The Avalon School … brother of former Maryland star and current Minnesota Viking Stefon Diggs … chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Auburn, Maryland, LSU and Tennessee.

 

B.J. Emmons

RB, 6-0, 220, Morganton, N.C./Freedom

The top-ranked running back in the nation by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … a unanimous four-star prospect … participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game … Associated Press North Carolina All-State selection … the consensus No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina … No. 33 in the Rivals100 … No. 33 in the ESPN300 and No. 17 player in the Southeast region … No. 40 in the Scout300 and No. 4 running back by Scout.com … ranked No. 35 in the 247Composite … member of the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team as the No. 113 player nationally … rushed for 2,417 yards and 41 total touchdowns during his senior season … ran for 2,348 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior in 2014 … rushed for 1,834 yards and 22 touchdowns in his sophomore  campaign … participated in the 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … played for head coach Brandon Allen at Freedom High School … chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

 

Terrell Hall

LB, 6-5, 245, Washington, D.C./St. John’s

One of the top defensive ends in the 2016 recruiting class … participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game … D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year … a five-star prospect by Rivals.com … No. 20 in the Rivals100 while being ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the top-rated prospect in the D.C. metro area … a five star who ranks No. 23 in the Top247 … 247Sports also rates him as the No. 3 weakside end and the top player in the Washington D.C. area … ESPN lists him at No. 47 in the ESPN300, the No. 6 weakside defensive end and the No. 1 player in D.C. … No. 64 in the 247Composite and the No. 6 weakside end … a member of the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team (No. 146) … selected to the Washington Post’s first team All-Met as a senior … All-WCAC first team in 2014 and 2015 … posted 42 tackles in 11 games as a senior for St. John’s head coach Joe Patterson … added 21 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during that final prep season … selected the Crimson Tide over numerous suitors, including Florida State, Penn State, Ole Miss and Maryland.

 

Joshua Jacobs

RB, 5-10, 200, Tulsa, Okla./McLain

An explosive athlete at running back who arrived on the scene late in the recruiting process … a four-star prospect, the No. 2 player in Oklahoma and the No. 6 all-purpose running back nationally … ranked as the No. 10 all-purpose running back in the 247Composite and the No. 2 player in the state of Oklahoma … Rivals.com rated him ninth in the state … ESPN listed him as the No. 4 player in Oklahoma and the No. 36 running back nationally … averaged an astounding 15.1 yards per carry and 245.8 yards per game as a senior with 2,704 rushing yards on 179 carries with 31 rushing touchdowns … first team All-State in 4A by the Oklahoma Coaches Association and OKPreps.com … a second-team choice by The Oklahoman … played in only six games as a junior in 2014 due to injury, rushing for 948 yards and 13 scores in just over four games … finished his career at McLain with 5,372 yards rushing and 56 touchdowns … played for head coach Jarvis Payne at Tulsa McLain … chose Alabama over Oklahoma and Missouri.

 

 

 

 

Kendell Jones
DL, 6-5, 350, Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker

One of the top-rated defensive tackles in the country … participated in the Under Armour All-American Game and Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com … the outlet’s No. 5 defensive tackle, third-ranked player in Texas and No. 14 player in the Scout300 … a consensus four-star defensive tackle by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals … No. 93 overall and No. 12 defensive tackle in the 247Compsite … No. 79 in the Top247 and 247Sports.com’s No. 11 tackle … No. 133 in the ESPN300 and No. 15 defensive tackle … rated at the No. 8 defensive tackle and No. 64 overall player on the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team … No. 39 player in Texas and No. 23 tackle by Rivals.com … notched 31 tackles and nine tackles for loss in nine games as a junior … collected 26 tackles, including five for a loss, along with four sacks in nine games during his senior season … one of the largest players in the 2016 recruiting cycle, Jones is nicknamed “Hulk” … played for head coach Channon Hall at Shoemaker High School … chose Alabama over LSU, Texas and Texas A&M.

 

Jamar King

DL, 6-5, 285, Detroit, Mich./Denby/Mendocino C.C.

A coveted defensive line prospect out of junior college for the Crimson Tide … a four-star prospect who ranks 16th overall in the 247Sports JUCO rankings and is listed as the No. 2 strongside defensive end and No. 1 player in the California community colleges … No. 57 in the JUCO 247Composite and the No. 4 strongside end … ranked No. 76 in Rivals.com’s JUCO100 and the No. 10 defensive end … a three-star prospect by Scout.com … ranked seventh in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Pacific 7 Conferences with nine sacks … finished with 63 total tackles which was fifth in the conference in nine games … the CCCAA Region II Defensive Player of the Year and member of the first team defense … coached by Frank Espy … arrived at Mendocino after playing for Tony Blankenship at Denby High School in in Detroit, Mich. … chose Alabama over Ohio State.

 

Nigel Knott

DB, 5-11, 180, Madison, Miss./Germantown

One of the top cornerbacks in the 2016 recruiting class … selected to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … a unanimous four-star prospect … No. 36 in the ESPN300 and the No. 5 cornerback … ranked 51st in the Rivals100 and the site’s No. 5 cornerback … No. 2 player in the state of Mississippi by ESPN and Rivals.com … listed at No. 51 in the Top247 and the No. 4 cornerback and the fourth-rated player in Mississippi … No. 62 overall in the 247Composite and the No. 7 corner … No. 114 on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team … a knee injury limited Knott to 51 tackles and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) in eight games as a senior in 2015 … accounted for 112 tackles with four picks and 15 pass breakups as a junior … 2014 and 2015 first team 5A All-State by the Clarion-Ledger and the MHSAA … participated in the 2015 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … played for head coach Tim Shramek at Germantown High School … chose Alabama over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn and Oregon.

 

Scott Lashley

OL, 6-7, 325, West Point, Miss./West Point

A consensus four-star offensive line recruit out of Mississippi … ranked No. 192 overall in the 247Composite and was rated as the No. 18 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 8 player in Mississippi … finished No. 140 in the Top247 and the ESPN 300 … was the No. 15 tackle by 247Sports and No. 8 player in the state while ESPN listed him as the No. 5 player in Mississippi and the No. 15 offensive tackle … Scout.com listed him at No. 215 in the Scout300, the No. 17 tackle and No. 5 offensive tackle in the South … Rivals.com rated him as the No. 27 tackle … a PrepStar Top 300 All-American (No. 253 overall) … first team MaxPreps.com Medium School All-American … The Clarion Ledger and Mississippi Coaches Association 5A All-State selection … a MHSAA Fab 15 choice … played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … played for head coach Chris Chambless at West Point High School … chose Alabama over LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn and Arkansas.

 

Jared Mayden
DB, 6-0, 198, Sachse, Texas/Sachse

Top-ranked corner from the state of Texas and one of the top defensive backs in the nation … invited to Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … consensus four-star recruit … the No. 56 overall player in the Scout300, the outlet’s No. 4 cornerback and the top corner in the Midlands region … Rivals tabs him as the No. 14 player in Texas and the 11th-rated cornerback on the 2016 recruiting circuit … rated 120th on the Rivals250 … the 247Composite rated him No. 147 overall, the No. 13 corner and the No. 24 player in Texas … No. 218 in the ESPN300, the No. 17 cornerback and the No. 34 player in Texas … member of the PrepStar Top150 Dream Team as the No. 99 overall player and eighth-ranked corner … played for head coach Mark Behrens at Sachse (Texas) High School … chose Alabama over Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan.

 

Aaron Robinson
DB, 6-1, 185, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
A highly regarded defensive back from South Florida … rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com … ranked No. 294 in the ESPN300, the No. 18 athlete nationally and No. 48 player in the state of Florida … tabbed as the nation’s No. 41 cornerback and No. 59 player in Florida by 247Sports … No. 51 cornerback and the No. 19 cornerback prospect in the South by Scout.com … ranked as the No. 57 corner and the state of Florida’s No. 93 prospect overall in the 247Composite … recorded 41 tackles and four interceptions as a senior in 2015 … first team Florida Class 8A All-State selection in 2015 … played for head coach Jevon Glenn at Deerfield Beach High School … chose Alabama over Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Miami (Fla.).

 

 

Irvin Smith

TE, 6-4, 235, New Orleans, La./Brother Martin

Brings an NFL pedigree to the Capstone as the son of former New Orleans Saints first-round pick of the same name … a highly regarded tight end prospect … physical at the point of attack with excellent pass-catching abilities … Prepstar All-Southeast region … 2015 ALL-USA Louisiana selection … 2015 5A All-State Honorable Mention selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, the No. 6 tight end/H-back prospect nationally and No. 27 player in the state of Louisiana … ranked as the No. 15 tight end by Rivals.com and the No. 25 player in Louisiana … the No. 31 tight end by 247Sports and the No. 35 player in the state … rated the No. 13 tight end in the South by Scout.com … caught 31 passes as a senior for 558 yards and four touchdowns … participated in the LHSCA/LFCA East vs. West All-Star Game … played for head coach Mark Bonis at Brother Martin High School … chose Alabama over Texas and Texas A&M.

 

Quinnen Williams
DL, 6-4, 265, Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah

One of the top players in the state of Alabama and top defensive linemen in the nation … unanimous four-star recruit by all major recruiting sites … rated as high as the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama by 247Sports and the 247Composite ratings, where he was 159th overall and the No. 16 defensive tackle … rated 106th in the Rivals250 and the No. 11 defensive tackle … member of the ESPN300 team at No. 236, the No. 31 defensive tackle and the No. 7 player in Alabama … No. 199 in the Scout300 and the No. 23 defensive tackle … PrepStar Top300 All-American as the No. 35 defensive end … … member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Super 12 … named to the AL.com Super All-State team … played for head coach Ronald Cheatham at Wenonah High School … chosen Alabama over Auburn and Ole Miss.

 

Lyndell “Mack” Wilson

LB, 6-2, 240, Montgomery, Ala./Carver

One of the top players in the state of Alabama and an elite linebacker prospect nationally … selected to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2015 “The Opening” … a five-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … 2015 All-USA selection by USA Today … 2015 Scout.com All-American … first team MaxPreps.com All-American in 2015 … 2014 first team Junior All-American by MaxPreps.com … No. 10 on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team … the nation’s second-best outside linebacker by 247Sports and No. 19 in the Top247 … No. 26 in the Rivals100 and the No. 4 outside linebacker … No. 34 in the ESPN300, the No. 5 outside linebacker, No. 3 player in Alabama and No. 21 in the Southeast region … ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 15 overall in the 247 Composite … had 115 tackles as a senior in 2015 with five sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception … recorded 86 tackles, nine sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior in 2014 … 2015 AL.com Super All-State … first team 6A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2014 and 2015 … 2015 ASWA Super 12 selection … played for head coach Billy Gresham at Carver High School … chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Categories: Alabama