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Tide's receiver recruits ready

Cooper, Black lead Alabama's stellar group of wide receiver recruits

Updated: January 30, 2012, 12:55 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama hasn't had an incoming group of wide receivers this good since the 2008 signing class that brought in Julio Jones. And even that class didn't have the apparent depth of the 2012 group, which features two top-10 receivers and a pair of athletes ranked in the overall top 25.

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Davide De Pas/ESPN.comChris Black could be a big-play threat for the Tide in 2012.
Chris Black
Height-Weight: 5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Note: No. 2 wide receiver in the ESPNU 150. 4.54 40-yard dash
Outlook: The four-star prospect out of Jacksonville, Fla., conjures memories of another wide receiver who played his college ball in Florida -- Reggie Wayne. Neither are tall, nor particularly fast. But both find a way to make plays and show up faster on film than on a profile tear sheet. Don't let Black's sub 6-foot frame and less than stellar 40-yard dash time fool you. He's quick and lean and gives defensive backs fits with his ability to get behind the defense for the big play. Black had 985 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns during his senior year at First Coast High School.

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