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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Top 10 Alabama recruiting targets

By Greg Ostendorf

The new ESPN 300 rankings came out Monday, and to go with the them, we looked at the top remaining Alabama targets and ranked the top 10 based on who's most likely to commit to the Crimson Tide.

1. ATH Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera)
6-foot-3, 210 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 96

Why they want him: Clark always has been one of the top athletes in the state, but Alabama didn't know where to put him. At camp, he found a home at safety and answered any questions the Tide had about whether or not they should take him.

Who else wants him: The biggest competition will be from Alabama's in-state rival Auburn, but Clark grew up in Louisiana. If he visits LSU this summer, the Tigers could become a factor.

Odds they get him: 80 percent

2. CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover)
6-foot, 179 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 9

Why they want him: Not only is Humphrey the top player in the state, he also is an Alabama legacy. However, the coaching staff wants him because of his ability to play. He's physical. He's long. He's fast. He makes plays. He's just what Nick Saban wants in a cornerback.

Who else wants him: According to his father, Humphrey wants to make trips to Florida, Florida State and South Carolina this summer, if he has time.

Odds they get him: 70 percent

3. WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita)
6-4, 190
ESPN 300 rank: 63

Why they want him: Similar to recent Alabama commitment Derek Kief, Sims is a big, physical target who also runs well for his size. The Tide would've liked to have gotten him in for their June camp, but he's still among the top receivers on their board.

Who else wants him: Sims is looking at all his options. He already has visited Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss this month and is scheduled to make a trip to Notre Dame this week.

Odds they get him: 70 percent

4. DT Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber)
6-4, 336
ESPN 300 rank: 157

Why they want him: At 336 pounds, Frazier looks like an ideal fit for the nose tackle position in the Tide's 3-4 defense, but the coaches view him as a more versatile defensive lineman, in the same mold as former Alabama star Marcell Dareus.

Who else wants him: Frazier recently came out with a top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M and USC. He's in the process of visiting all five schools.

Odds they get him: 65 percent

5. OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe)
6-6, 325
ESPN 300 rank: 7

Why they want him: Offensive line, in particular offensive tackle, is a need for Alabama in this class. Robinson has the look of a prototypical left tackle at the next level, which can be hard to find year in and year out. He eventually could replace Cyrus Kouandjio on the line.

Who else wants him: It's down to Alabama and LSU. That's it. He recently visited Tuscaloosa for the Tide's camp, but LSU is hoping to keep him in state.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

6. DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
6-5, 228
ESPN 300 rank: 10

Why they want him: It's no secret that Alabama is looking for pass rushers in this class, and Carter is likely at the top of its board. The newly minted five-star has a knack for getting around the edge. He could play either outside linebacker spot for the Tide.

Who else wants him: Georgia is going all out to try and keep Carter in state, and although he took recent trips to Florida and Florida State, it will likely be a Dawgs-Tide battle.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

7. TE Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)
6-3, 243
ESPN 300 rank: 37

Why they want him: Versatility is the key. Luatua could play tight end, defensive end or linebacker at the next level. Alabama likely will start him out on offense at tight end or the H-back spot. His brother Issac Luatua is an offensive lineman for the Tide.

Who else wants him: Luatua already has set up official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. USC always has been among his top schools. Also, Texas recently offered.

Odds they get him: 50 percent

8. RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine)
6-1, 232
ESPN 300 rank: 1

Why they want him: It's not based on need. Alabama signed four ESPN 150 running backs a year ago. However, Fournette could be as good if not better than all of them, and the Tide have reserved a spot in this class for the nation's top overall prospect.

Who else wants him: He is another Louisiana kid and this is another Alabama-LSU battle. The Tigers can't afford to let another in-state kid get away, especially to Alabama.

Odds they get him: 45 percent

9. WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead)
6-2, 171
ESPN 300 rank: 25

Why they want him: Alabama struck gold once with a wide receiver from the Miami area -- Amari Cooper. They're hoping to do it again with Lane. The Tide will lose both Kenny Bell and Kevin Norwood after this year, and Cooper might be on campus for only three years.

Who else wants him: It will be difficult to pull Lane out of his home state. Miami wants to keep him close to home, and Florida has made a recent push for his services.

Odds they get him: 40 percent

10. DT Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker)
6-6, 295
ESPN 300 rank: 75

Why they want him: At Alabama, you can never have enough versatile defensive linemen. Although the Tide have added two commitments in the past month, they're still looking for more depth up front on defense, and Shaw is one of their top targets.

Who else wants him: Shaw keeps changing his top school, but it looks like it will be a three-team race between Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Odds they get him: 40 percent