Get to know Alabama’s Early Enrollee class of 2014

Get to know Alabama’s Early Enrollee class of 2014
February 6, 2014, 11:30 am
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama signed the top recruiting class for 2014, making it the fourth year in a row for Nick Saban’s team to do so. Players want to play in Tuscaloosa and they make it known; sometimes even leaving their hometown to play for a rival. After the 27 players were all signed and delivered, this class - on paper - looks to be maybe Saban’s best in his career at Alabama, maybe his best ever.

But before the 19 signees arrive on campus in the fall, eight early enrollees have already been at Alabama, getting a fastpass into being a member of the Crimson Tide.

Here they are:

Tony Brown, Cornerback, 5-star

Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)

6’0”, 195 lbs

Brown is one of two five-star cornerbacks who will provide needed relief to the plagued secondary of Alabama. The Crimson Tide could never find a solid option at the No. 2 corner position behind Deion Belue and Brown will be able to step in and fulfill that void.

David Cornwell, Quarterback, 4-star

Norman, Okla. (Norman North)

6’5”, 240 lbs

Cornwell is an early enrollee who will get coaching from Lane Kiffin and others, maybe even play in the spring A-Day game, but has a slim chance to start. He’s a prototypical quarterback with a great personality, but Jake Coker will be the starter for Alabama in the fall.

Shaun Dion Hamilton, Linebacker, 4-star

Montgomery, Ala. (Carver)

6’0”, 240 lbs

Hamilton is an early enrollee that knows what it will take to compete for a starting position at Alabama. He spoke about having a high expectation level coming in, showing maturity and poise. The absence of C.J. Mosley will open up the linebacker competition in the fall and Hamilton could be one of the top choices.

Laurence “Hootie” Jones, Safety, 4-star

Monroe, La. (Neville)

6’2”, 215 lbs

Other than sharing a name with a timeless 90’s pop-rock band, Hootie Jones is an option at safety for Alabama. Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart lost both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri to the NFL Draft, leaving a spot for another guy with a great name to fill that position.

D.J. Pettway, Defensive End, 4-star

Pensacola, Fla. (E. Mississippi Community College)

6’3”, 255 lbs

Pettway returns to Alabama after being kicked off the team in early 2013, claiming to be a changed, more mature person. Being a junior college transfer, Pettway will add needed playing time and experience to the defense, making him a more likely starter than some of the freshmen defensive linemen.

Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle, 4-star

Chatham, Va. (East Mississippi Community College)

6’4”, 310 lbs

Saban must have seen something in Mississippi to bring Reed along with Pettway. The two college teammates won the JUCO national championship last year and both might get a chance to start in the fall with the experience they have.

Cameron Robinson, Offensive Line, 5-star

West Monroe, La. (West Monroe)

6’6”, 325 lbs

Robinson was the No. 1 recruit in the country when he committed to Alabama. His impressive size and ability for his age make him a prime candidate to replace exiting left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio’s position. Enrolling early, he will have all year to work with the Alabama coaching staff, maybe getting a headstart on his competitors that don’t enroll until fall camp.

Cameron Sims, Wide Receiver, 4-star

Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish)

6’4”, 200 lbs

The wide receiver position is in a bit of a logjam but Sims is different than Alabama’s other receivers. Amari Cooper is currently Alabama’s tallest starting wide receiver at 6 foot 1. With receivers Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell leaving, the new quarterback will have to find his own reliable receivers, and Sims’ size gives him a potential for redzone targets and might even get him into the normal rotation.

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