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    Re: Tide Fans NSD 2008 Alabama Signing Class - LOI Fax Received Thread

    Now, that's what I'm talking about!

    There are 32 reasons why CNS earns the big bucks! While history dictates that not all 32 will shine for the Crimson Tide, they are all a part of bringing the Tide back to where they rightfully belong. These young men have a wonderful opportunity for a great education and four or five years never to forget. Some will indeed go on to the next level.
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    Link Re: RollTide.com: Crimson Tide Adds 32 Football Signees

    SABAN TALKS ABOUT TIDE’S FOOTBALL SIGNEES
    University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban met with the media Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Crimson Tide’s 2008 football signing class. Here is a transcript of Saban’s signing day press conference.

    Opening Statement:
    “A little over a year ago, we stood up here and made a commitment to this institution to make the University of Alabama in a position to be successful as a football program in the future. Certainly, this recruiting class was a positive step in that direction. It shows a very strong commitment to this institution by the players that we were able to recruit. I think it shows a very strong commitment to the program and the people we have in it that are here to help the players be successful. I also think it’s a very strong commitment to the current players on our team that these guys are going to be quality teammates to them and that’s important to us. Our players did a fantastic job of helping us recruit this class and certainly we want these young me that come in here to want to be great people, they want a good education and be great students and they want to be quality football players and reach their full potential and be as good as they can be at everything that they do, which is certainly what we want our current players to do. I think this class will be a quality group of teammates for the players we have on our team.

    “A lot goes in to putting together a successful recruiting class. Our administration here has been fantastic and supporting our recruiting efforts, in terms of the contributions that they make, weekly speaking, speaking at junior day, and we really appreciate their efforts and help. (UA President) Dr. (Robert E.) Witt is always very helpful and supportive in all of our recruiting efforts. Our own athletic administration has been helpful. (Director of Athletics) Mal Moore is a significant contributor to each and every recruit and their visits and how he represents us and supports what we are trying to do. The faculty and staff here; the academic visits they make are very positive. Our academic support program is helpful. We have countless numbers of people who volunteer their time and energy in a very positive way to help us attract the quality young men we were able to attract in this particular recruiting class.
    Crimson Tide Adds 32 Football Signees
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced today that 30 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining two players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.

    The 32 players come from nine states – Alabama (19), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Mississippi (2), Tennessee (3), Texas (1) and West Virginia (1).

    As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster seven defensive linemen, five defensive backs, five receivers, four running backs, three linebackers, three offensive linemen, one quarterback, one kicker, one tight end/wide receiver, one tight end/defensive end and one player designated an overall athlete – though several of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other positions once they arrive on campus.

    Two players – wide receiver Chris Jackson and kicker Corey Smith – already are attending the University. Both enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2008 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama’s spring football practices. The other 30 players signed national letters of intent today.
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    Re: Tide Fans NSD 2008 Alabama Signing Class - LOI Fax Received Thread

    where are the eligibility stats for the recruits.

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    Re: Tide Fans NSD 2008 Alabama Signing Class - LOI Fax Received Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by drjohn432 View Post
    where are the eligibility stats for the recruits.
    We won't know the full eligibility of some of the signees until they retake their ACT, finish up their senior year and after their HS graduations. Even then we will have to wait for some of them to clear the NCAA Clearinghouse. For the most part this class is pretty solid academically. We should get the full picture prior to the start of fall practices. I expect 25 of them to report with no problems.

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    Click the red dot in the top right hand corner of the signees picture to read the profile.
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    Link Re: RollTide.com: Crimson Tide Adds 32 Football Signees

    This CSTV NSD article about the 2008 Alabama signing class has some really good info in the profiles.

    CSTV: Alabama Announces Signing Day Class - Tide grab top class in the nation
    Feb. 6, 2008

    Mark BARRON, DB, 6-2, 215, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul's)

    Regarded as one of the nation's top all-around players ... a First Team Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection in Class 5A as a senior ... SuperPrep's No. 8 player in the state of Alabama ... named to The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 (No. 3) ... the No. 19 player on the Press-Register's Southeast Super 120 ... earned a five-star rating from Scout.com and was listed as the state's No. 8 player ... also a Scout.com First Team All-American ... a Rivals.com four-star defensive back ... SuperPrep/Scout.com Top 100 selection (No. 46) ... rated the No. 5 player on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals and the No. 55 player overall nationally ... Rivals.com Top 100 selection (No. 55) ... No. 18 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... was the MVP of the 2007 Class 5A state championship game after rushing for 1,094 yards on 122 carries with 15 touchdowns in his senior season ... the 76th-rated player in the country by Sports Illustrated/Takkle.com ... rated the No. 33 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep ... also listed on The Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... had 785 yards rushing as a junior on 78 carries and added 368 receiving yards on 23 catches, scoring a total of 12 touchdowns.

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    Re: RollTide.com: Crimson Tide Adds 32 Football Signees

    That's straight from the UA press release.
    http://www.rolltide.com/ViewArticle....ATCLID=1376886

    Here is a PDF version to keep for future reference.
    http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/fil...DB_OEM_ID=8000

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    Re: RollTide.com: Crimson Tide Adds 32 Football Signees

    Among the 32 players are:
    *Five members of the Parade magazine prep All-America team – linebacker Jerrell Harris, wide receiver Julio Jones, defensive back Alonzo Lawrence, offensive lineman Tyler Love and defensive lineman Kerry Murphy (2006).
    *Five members of the EA Sports prep All-America team – J. Jones and Lawrence (first team), Harris and Love (second team) and offensive lineman Barrett Jones (third team).
    *Three members of the Scout.com prep All-America team – defensive back Mark Barron, defensive lineman Marcel Dareus and J. Jones.
    *One member of the USA Today prep All-America team – J. Jones.
    *Two players participated in the U.S. Army prep All-America game – quarterback Star Jackson and B. Jones.
    *Three players participated in the Under Armour prep All-Star game – offensive lineman John Michael Boswell, J. Jones and Love.
    *Twenty players named to the Scout.com Southeast 150 – J. Jones (2nd), Love (13th), Barron (18th), Harris (22nd), Dareus (23rd), wide receiver/athlete B.J. Scott (25th), Lawrence (36th), B. Jones (59th), running back Chris Jordan (68th), S. Jackson (70th), linebacker Courtney Upshaw (73rd), tight end/wide receiver Devonta Bolton (77th), C. Jackson (84th), defensive back Robby Green (86th), wide receiver Melvin Ray (88th), linebacker Don’ta Hightower (95th), defensive lineman Glenn Harbin (120th), wide receiver Destin Hood (126th), Boswell (131st) and defensive back Robert Lester (145th).
    *Eighteen players named to Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 team – Barron, Bolton, Boswell, Dareus, Green, Harris, C. Jackson, B. Jones, Jordan, Hightower, Lawrence, Lester, Love, defensive back Wesley Neighbors, Ray, Scott, kicker Corey Smith and Upshaw.
    *Seventeen players named to Rivals.com Top 35 Alabama prep players – J. Jones (1st), Scott (2nd), Love (3rd), Harris (4th), Barron (5th), Upshaw (9th), defensive lineman Michael Williams (10th), Boswell (11th), Hood (12th), defensive lineman Brandon Lewis (14th), Lester (15th), Harbin (16th), Dareus (17th), running back Ivan Matchett (20th), running back Jermaine Preyear (22nd), defensive lineman Undra Billingsley (24th) and athlete Brad Smelley (34th).
    *Seventeen players named to SuperPrep/Scout.com Top 30 Alabama prep players – J. Jones (1st), Harris (2nd), Love (4th), Dareus (6th), Scott (7th), Barron (8th), Williams (10th), Upshaw (11th), Harbin (12th), Hood (13th), Boswell (14th), Lester (18th), Matchett (20th), Lewis (21st), Neighbors (23rd), Preyear (27th) and Billingsley (30th).
    *Thirteen players named to Mobile Press Register Elite 18 team – J. Jones (1st), Harris (2nd), Barron (3rd), Scott (4th), Love (5th), Upshaw (7th), Williams (10th), Harbin (11th), Boswell (12th), Hood (13th), Lewis (15th), Matchett (16th) and Dareus (18th).
    *Eight players named to Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 team – J. Jones (1st), Lawrence (8th), Jordan (14th),
    B. Jones (15th), Love (31st), S. Jackson (64th), Hood (100th) and C. Jackson (118th).
    *Seven players named to Rivals.com National Top 100 prep players – J. Jones (4th), Scott (28th), Love (30th), Harris (34th), Lawrence (35th), Barron (55th) and B. Jones (60th).
    *Six players named to ESPN.com National Top 150 – J. Jones (2nd), Scott (19th), Upshaw (30th), Love (32nd), Harris (99th) and C. Jackson (143rd).
    *Six players named to Tom Lemming/CSTV National Top 100 prep players – J. Jones (3rd), Lawrence (26th), Love (49th), Scott (54th), Harris (69th) and Ray (89th).
    *Five players named to SuperPrep/Scout.com National Top 100 prep players – J. Jones (3rd), Love (32nd), Barron (46th), Harris (67th) and Scott (74th).
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    Since most of the 2008 class is reporting in this week, I thought it would be good time to look back and reflect on this outstanding class of talented athletes. How they can call Marcel Dareus a sleeper is beyond me.

    Athlon - Recruiting Class No. 1: Alabama
    With so much balance, it becomes difficult to really narrow down areas of focus for this class. The defensive front seven and offensive playmakers might have been the two main areas of concern for Saban. Not only has he addressed those issues with flying colors but also any other small area of weakness as well.

    With the implementation of the 3-4 defense, Saban has placed a premium on smaller, faster, more aggressive linebackers and bigger, stronger defensive lineman. Four defensive ends, four tackles and potentially five linebackers head to the Capstone in ’08.

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    Alabama wins recruiting national title
    The Tide came rolling in on National Signing Day.

    After an impressive flurry of commitments in the past 48 hours, and thanks to a solid recruiting foundation that was laid in the spring and summer, Alabama has been crowned by Rivals.com as the recruiting national champions for the class of 2008.

    The Crimson Tide finished with an amazing run in Nick Saban's second recruiting class in Tuscaloosa. Saban and his staff landed three five-star players and 18 four-star recruits, giving them enough of a push to edge Notre Dame and SEC rival Florida.

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    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Bios on every Alabama signee
    Julio Jones, WR, 6-4, 210, Foley, Ala. (Foley)

    Parade All-American … USA Today All-American … ranked the No.1 overall player in the country by Sports Illustrated/Takkle.com … nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN … The Atlanta Journal- Constitution Top 150 (No. 2) … SuperPrep’s No. 1 wide receiver nationally and No. 2 prospect overall … ESPN.com Top 150 … The Mobile Press-Register’s Super 120 Team (No. 1) … “Mr. Football” in the state of Alabama … named to The Tampa Tribune’s “Best of the South Team” … SouthScout.com Stars of Alabama selection … Gatorade Player of the Year (Alabama) … an EA Sports First Team All- American … Prep Nation 101 Honoree … named to The Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 Team (No. 1) … five-star wide receiver by Scout.com … rated as No. 1 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com … the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation and the top prospect in the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com … also called by Rivals.com as the best wide receiver in the nation “after the catch” … rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation on the Rivals.com Top 100 … two-time All-American by Rivals.com (2006 and 2007) … Scout.com All-American selection … No. 2 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list … SuperPrep/Scout.com Top 30 Alabama selection (No. 1) … the No. 3 ranked overall player in the nation according to Tom Lemming of CSTV … Rivals.com writes of Jones “Really outstanding feet for a big man. He gets out of trouble when hemmed in. He has great acceleration and can run after the catch. He shows really good concentration on deep balls. Team can use him on reverses and short routes. Hard to tackle in the open field.” … capped off high school career with six catches for 97 yards in the game … two-time Birmingham News and Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State selection … named to 2007 Birmingham News Super All-State Team … named to 2007 ASWA Super 12 All-State team … had 194 career catches for 3,287 yards and 42 touchdowns … also added three rushing touchdowns, two kick return touchdowns, two punt returns and two fumble returns for scores … scored 52 touchdowns in his prep career …

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    SEC Signing Day dream team
    Take a look at the teams represented on the 2008 Signing Day Dream Team in the SEC and it becomes very clear which teams are sitting atop the final team rankings.

    The nation's No. 1 ranked team, Alabama, has eight representatives on the SEC Dream Team. Florida, sitting at No. 3 in the team rankings has four representatives on the team while Georgia is sitting right behind Alabama with six representatives.

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    Well it is almost time for fall practice to begin on Aug. 1st. I just wanted to make one last post with some very good links about the Alabama 2008 Signing Class. Most of the signees made it into school. Those that didn't are discussed in other threads. Here is one last reflection on the tremendous success of this year's signing class and on to the next one. This link has both Alabama and Auburn articles from back in February.

    al.com RECRUITING: 2008 NSD news for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, state schools and local athletes

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    Re: Tide Fans NSD 2008 Alabama Signing Class

    The 2008 Signing Class is in fall camp. It is time to unstick this thread from the top of the board. For any further info on these players, see the football board.

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