ESPN 150 released, Tide represented well
April, 17, 2012
By Greg Ostendorf | ESPN Insider
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com2013 LB Reuben Foster is ranked as the No. 2 player in the nation in the ESPN 150.
The University of Alabama pulled in the No. 1 class in 2012, largely in part due to the nation’s best 13 commitments ranked in the ESPN 150. The new ESPN 150 for 2013 was released Tuesday, and the Crimson Tide are well represented once again with six commits in the new rankings.
The top ranked player in UA’s class is linebacker Reuben Foster, who comes in at No. 2 nationally. Foster committed to Alabama last summer but made headlines recently when he transferred to Auburn High School in Alabama.
The 6-foot-2, 242-pound prospect is explosive and has a knack for always being around the football. He projects more as an inside linebacker but could play any of the linebacker spots in the Tide’s 3-4 defense.
Alabama has three other players ranked inside the top 100, led by in-state tight end O.J. Howard, who also committed to the Tide last summer around the same time Foster did.
Howard, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound specimen from Prattville, Ala., has a rare combination of size and athleticism that could change the way the way Alabama uses its tight ends. He earned an invite to The Opening last month.
The other two Alabama commitments in the top 100 are both running backs: Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark., and Tyren Jones from Marietta, Ga.
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