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August 14, 2001

AlabamaPrepSports.com's Top 21, Class of 2002

Recruiting Class of 2002

Top 21

Muscle Shoals RB Jason AllenNo. 1: JASON ALLEN, MUSCLE SHOALS

Positions played: Running back, defensive back, wide receiver

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200

40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds (ran 4.32 as a sophomore at Georgia camp).

Bench press: 325 pounds.

Squat: 515 pounds.

Academic status: 3.20 GPA; passed ACT test. Will graduate in December.

Schools interested: Most in the SE. Top seven include: Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Tennessee, LSU, Notre Dame, Alabama.

High school coach: Cody Keene.

Stats and comments: Jason has shown tremendous ability to make the big play – on offense and defense. He earned All-State last year and once scored four TDs in one game four different ways.2,690 career rushing yards, 44 TDs. Had 1,200 yards on 219 carries and scored 20 touchdowns. Plans to enroll at a college in January. Very mature.

No. 2: JEFFREY ALLEN, HUFFMAN (Birmingham)

Positions played: Offensive tackle.

Height: 6-5.

Weight: 335.

40-yard dash: 5.2 seconds.

Bench press: 435 pounds.

Squat: 515 pounds.

Academic status: 2.95 GPA, still must pass ACT.

Schools interested: Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Middle Tennessee State.

High school coach: Curtis Coleman.

Stats and comments: Jeffrey may be the biggest surprise of the Class of 2002. A devastating blocker who may be the strongest player in the state, he wears a size 18 shoe. Look for his stock to rise like the August heat. He reminds scouts who have evaluated him of former Crimson Tide blocker Chris Samuels and Tennessee lineman James Poole.

No. 3: BENJAMIN OBOMANU, SELMA

Positions played: Wide receiver, free safety, kick return specialist.

Height: 6-2 1/2.

Weight: 182 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.2 seconds.

Bench press: unavailable.

Squat: unavailable.

Academic status: 4.3 GPA and 26 on the ACT test. He will graduate next spring as valedictorian of his senior class.

Schools interested: You name them. They’re all interested . He lists at the top of the heap – Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and LSU.

High school coach: Jerome Harper.

Stats and comments: Ben may be the only prospect in the state whose 40 time is lower than his GPA. He’s the complete package and has opened a lot of eyes with several outstanding camps. His three-year totals at Selma include 66 pass receptions, 1,633 receiving yards and 16 TDs. He also had 14 touchdowns (7 each) on kickoff and punt returns. He has seven career picks on defense. He also plays basketball, baseball and runs track. Look for him to commit early after the season ends.

No. 4: BRANDON COX, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE

Positions played: Quarterback.

Height: 6-3.

Weight: 185 pounds.

Academic status: 3.8 GPA and 24 on the ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds.

Bench press: 205 pounds.

Squat: 325 pounds.

Schools interested: Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina State, Duke, Vanderbilt.

High school coach: Jack Wood.

Stats and comments: The left-hander passed for 2,530 yards last season and 23 TDs with a completion rate over 60 percent. He had a great passing performance at Auburn’s passing camp this past summer. He’s also a baseball prospect at pitcher – much like former Hewitt QB Jason Standridge, who debuted in the majors with Tampa Bay Devil Rays August 9. Brandon is a natural leader and considered the top QB prospect in the state.

No. 5: CHRIS HARRIS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA

Positions played: Defensive end, tight end.

Height: 6-6.

Weight: 230.

Academic status: 3.3 GPA and has passed is ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds.

Bench press: 300 pounds.

Squat: unavailable.

Schools interested: Chris has already committed to Alabama. Still interested are LSU, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Southern Miss.

High school coach: Chuck Friend.

Stats and comments: Chris can run, really run. He has a long reach as shown by his 16 sacks last season. His dad played at Jackson State. His mom is related to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Chris could be the best defensive player in the state.

Prattville DE Kyle Tatum, fullNo. 6: KYLE TATUM, PRATTVILLE

Positions played: Defensive end.

Height: 6-6.

Weight: 260 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.79 seconds.

Bench press: 315 pounds.

Squat: 460 pounds.

Academic status: Kyle is already qualified academically.

Schools interested: He has committed to Alabama, but schools still hot on his trail include LSU, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State.

High school coach: Bill Clark.

Stats and comments: Kyle could develop into the top defensive lineman prospect in the state. He has great quickness for his size and will play some TE this season. He also plays basketball.

Dothan WR Larry BrackinsNo. 7: LARRY BRACKINS, DOTHAN

Positions played: Wide receiver, defensive back.

Height: 6-5.

Weight: 200 pounds.

Academic status: 2.7 GPA, still must pass ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds.

Bench press: 220 pounds.

Squat: 405 pounds.

Schools interested: Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Troy State, Auburn.

High school coach: Jimmy Addison.

Stats and comments: The cousin of former FSU and NFL star Lawrence Dawsey has many of the same pass-catching traits of his famous relative. He had five interceptions on defense last year and averaged close to 30 yards a catch. Look for him to be a big catch for some Division I-A school. He’s also a college prospect in basketball.

No. 8: CHRISTOPHER BROWDER, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

Positions played: Linebacker, defensive end, tight end.

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 215 pounds.

Academic status: 2.9 GPA and has passed the ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds.

Bench press: 300 pounds.

Squat: 450 pounds.

Schools interested: Has already committed to Alabama, but lists the following schools still interested: Southern Miss, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss.

High school coach: John Moton.

Stats and comments: A big, lean kid who can run, Browder is cut from the same kind of mold as former UA linebacking greats. Chris set a school record for sacks last season (18). He impressed college recruiters at several camps this past summer. Also is a standout in basketball.

Loachapoka DB Montavus PittsNo. 9: MONTAVIS PITTS, LOACHAPOKA

Positions played: Wide receiver, cornerback.

Height: 6-1.

Weight: 180 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.29 seconds.

Bench press: 260 pounds.

Squat: 435 pounds.

Academic status: 3.50 GPA and has passed the ACT.

Schools interested: Virginia Tech, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU.

High school coach: Jerome Tate.

Stats and comments: Montae is nicknamed "Show Time" for good reason. He plays quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back, kick returner and sometimes kicks for the Indians. He committed early to Virginia Tech, but he had a great time (4.2) in a combine a few weeks later which has brought a ton of schools seeking his talents. Look for him to stay close to home in the end. Also plays basketball, baseball and runs track.

Butler RB Kenneth Darby kneelingNo. 10: KENNETH DARBY, S.R. BUTLER (Huntsville)

Positions played: Running back.

Height: 5-10.

Weight: 185 pounds.

Academic status: 2.8 GPA, still must pass ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds.

Bench press: 325 pounds.

Squat: 400 pounds.

Schools interested: Has already committed to Alabama. Schools still showing interest include LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Notre Dame.

High school coach: Ron Danley.

Stats and comments: The best prospect in the Class of 2002 from Huntsville, Darby has great speed and is extremely strong for a tailback. He was chosen All-City MVP last season in Huntsville. He is a cousin of former Alabama lineman Shawn Draper.

No. 11: KENNY CLARK, DAPHNE

Positions played: Defensive end, tight end.

Height: 6-3.

Weight: 270 pounds.

Academic status: Still must qualify academically.

40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds.

Bench press: unavailable.

Squat: unavailable.

Schools interested: Southern Miss, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State.

High school coach: Steve Savarese.

Stats and comments: Clark is a big pass rusher who could also play noseguard or DT. He’ll experiment at TE this season. He comes from a winning program that has produced Kenny King, and plays for a coach who also coached Terrell Owens and Cornelius Bennett.

Opelika DL Tommy Jackson, good photoNo. 12: TOMMY JACKSON, OPELIKA

Positions played: Noseguard, offensive tackle.

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 290 pounds.

Academic status: Tommy has a 3.5 GPA and has passed his ACT college entrance test.

40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds.

Bench press: 350 pounds.

Squat: 605 pounds.

Schools interested: Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee.

High school coach: Spence McCracken.

Stats and comments: Tommy is one of the hardest working prospects in the Alabama Class of 2002. Also a wrestler and member of the Opelika track team, he has great quickness for his size and is one of the strongest linemen in the state. If his home street is any indication, he could be Auburn bound. He lives on Toomer Circle.

No. 13: TITUS RYAN, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY (Northport)

Positions played: Running back.

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 190 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.18 seconds.

Bench press: 300 pounds.

Squat: 385 pounds.

Academic status: Still must qualify academically.

Schools interested: Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, UAB, Mississippi State, Jackson State.

High school coach: Robert Higginbotham.

Stats and comments: Titus is playing high school football for just his second year. He is the fastest player in the state after finishing second in the 6A outdoor track meet last year in the 100 and 200 sprints. He’s electrifying and will be even better once he learns more about the game.

No. 14: KEWASKI JACKSON, WOODLAWN (Birmingham)

Positions played: Wide receiver, quarterback.

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 185 pounds.

Academic status: 3.2 GPA, still must pass ACT test.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds.

Bench press: 220 pounds.

Squat: 315 pounds.

Schools interested: Alabama, UAB, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech.

High school coach: Rod Isaac.

Stats and comments: From the same high school that produced Tony Nathan and legendary coach Bobby Bowden, Jackson has developed into a big-time prospect at wide receiver. His cousin is Bo Jackson, and is god-brother is Rodregis Brooks, now in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.

No. 15: DAN BURKS, VESTAVIA HILLS

Positions played: Running back, kick return specialist.

Height: 6-0.

Weight: 198 pounds.

Academic status: 2.5 GPA, ACT unavailable.

40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds.

Bench press: 300 pounds.

Squat: 400 pounds.

Schools interested: Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, UAB, Arkansas.

High school coach: Buddy Anderson.

Stats and comments: Dan returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last season including a 99-yarder to open the game in the Rebels’ 34-31 win over 6A champ Hoover. He also rushed for almost 1,500 yards. His dad Ken played at Auburn as did an uncle, Tommy Lorino. Dan is a hard runner who can be punishing as well as fast. He won the state 189-pound wrestling championship and started as a sophomore on Vestavia Hills’ 2000 state 6A baseball championship team.

Lance Hamilton fullNo. 16: LANCE HAMILTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY (Chatom)

Positions played: Wide receiver, defensive back.

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 205 pounds.

Academic status: Still must qualify academically.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds.

Bench press: 300 pounds.

Squat: 350 pounds.

Schools interested: UAB, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU.

High school coach: David Wofford.

Stats and comments: Lance is a big-play receiver who caught the attention of the state last season with his leaping basketball dunks in the state tourney at the BJCC in Birmingham. He had over 1,000 yards receiving as a junior with 14 TDs. He also made 12 interceptions on defense.

Derrick Rogers, Hillcrest-Evergreen RBNo. 17: DERRICK ROGERS, HILLCREST (Evergreen)

Positions played: Running back.

Height: 6-1.

Weight: 190 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds.

Bench press: 250 pounds.

Squat: 550 pounds.

Academic status: 2.8 GPA. Still must pass the ACT.

Schools interested: West Virginia, Auburn, Southern Miss, Alabama, LSU.

High school coach: Arlton Hudson.

Stats and comments: Derrick rushed for 2,743 yards and 35 touchdowns last season while averaging 11.8 yards per carry. He’s explosive and powerful. Look for him to attract more college interest this season.

Cherokee OL Josh Sutton longNo. 18: JOSH SUTTON, CHEROKEE

Positions played: Offensive tackle.

Height: 6-5.

Weight: 325 pounds.

40-yard dash: 5.3 seconds.

Bench press: 350 pounds.

Squat: 575 pounds.

Academic status: Josh has a 3.97 GPA and 24 on the ACT test. He’ll likely be his senior class valedictorian next spring.

Schools interested: Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida.

High school coach: Lonnie Robinson.

Stats and comments: Josh has a chance to be one of the top offensive lineman prospects in the nation. He’s smart and strong. Was a finalist for 3A lineman of the year in 2000.

LaFayette WR Christopher SimpsonNo. 19: CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON, LAFAYETTE

Positions played: Wide receiver, free safety.

Height: 6-0.

Weight: 175 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds.

Bench press: 215 pounds.

Squat: 405 pounds.

Academic status: 3.80 GPA and has a 20 on the ACT.

Schools interested: Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Miami, Fl., Florida, Auburn.

High school coach: Ike Grant.

Stats and comments: Don’t let his 40 time fool you. Christopher is a receiver who can catch the ball in traffic and is always one step ahead of those chasing him. He set an AHSAA record last season with 17 catches for 412 yards and four TDs in a 38-37 win over Alabama Christian.

Muscle Shoals DE TE Terrance MayesNo. 20: TERRANCE MAYES, MUSCLE SHOALS

Positions played: Tight end, defensive end.

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 240 pounds.

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds.

Bench press: 295 pounds.

Squat: 415 pounds.

Academic status: 3.1 GPA and has passed the ACT test.

Schools interested: Ole Miss, Alabama, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, Auburn, Memphis, Troy State.

High school coach: Cody Keene.

Stats and comments: Terrance could be the state’s biggest sleeper in 2001. Also considered a D-I basketball prospect at power forward, he has just gotten cleared by doctors after suffering a debilitating car accident in April which left him banged up and with several stitches to his forehead. Look for Terrance to be a great college player. He will continue to grow. His dad is 6-9.

No. 21: KEVIN THORNTON, GADSDEN

Positions played: Offensive tackle.

Height: 6-7.

Weight: 252 pounds.

40-yard dash: 5.2 seconds.

Bench press: 245 pounds.

Squat: 395 pounds.

Academic status: He still must qualify academically.

Schools interested: LSU, Notre Dame, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee State, Southern Miss, Florida State.

High school coach: Joel Williams.

Stats and comments: Kevin’s best days are ahead of him. Still overcoming the loss of his father (last year), he is just beginning to tap into his potential. With long arms and quick feet, he is the perfect prospect for left offensive tackle. Look for him to blossom in college once he hits the weight room with a vengeance. Has a twin brother Kerry (6-7, 221) who is also a prospect.

OTHER RECRUITS OF NOTE

SAMMIE AUTREY, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

KEVIN BLANKENSHIP, MUSCLE SHOALS

CORNELIUS BOULTON, DALEVILLE

GRANT BRIGHAM, MOUNTAIN BROOK

KEVIN BUZE, HOUSTON COUNTY (Columbia)

CEDRIC COLLIER, JACKSON-OLIN (Birmingham)

WILLIAM DOWDELL, OPELIKA 

NORRIS DRINKARD, HOUSTON COUNTY (Columbia)

KENDRICK EATON, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

CURTIS FALANY, VESTAVIA HILLS

JAMES GARDNER, DOTHAN

WILL HERRING, OPELIKA

RAYVON HOWARD, T.R. MILLER (Brewton)

DEMETRICE JACKSON, FRANCIS MARION (Marion)

DELANDO LOVE, CARVER (Birmingham)

CHAUNCEY MALONE, WEST MORGAN

REGINALD MOORER, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

KENNETH MORRIS, HEADLAND

CHRIS ODOM, HOUSTON COUNTY (Columbia)

BYRON OLIVER, JEMISON

MICHAEL POWELL, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

LA RON REAVES, HEADLAND

STEVEN REAVES, WILCOX-CENTRAL (Camden)

RAMZEE ROBINSON, S.R. BUTLER (Huntsville)

KEVIN SEARS, RUSSELLVILLE

JUSTIN STANDRIDGE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE



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