Commentary

Alabama littered with defenders

CB DeMarcus Milliner, OLB LaDarius Owens just two top-notch prospects from Alabama

Originally Published: September 10, 2009
By Billy Tucker | Scouts Inc.

While the state of Alabama boasts a few nationally regarded skill players in the Class of 2010, such as ESPNU 150 four-star corner Demarcus Milliner (Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore) and receiver Solomon Patton (Mobile, Ala./Murphy), the state is lacking the elite homegrown prospects we have seen in the past. However, from top to bottom, the Yellowhammer State still offers a lot of quality players -- particularly on defense. Plus, Alabama continues to be one of the top states for producing speed and athleticism.

From a positional standpoint, the strength of the state this year is arguably the outside linebacker group. In fact, the position might be the most stacked we have seen out of Alabama in recent classes. Led by recent Florida State commit Nigel Terrell (Pelham, Ala./Pelham), fellow ESPNU 150 member C.J. Mosley (Theodore, Ala./Theodore), four-star prospect Jawara White (Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson) and tweener DE/OLB Under Armour All-American LaDarius Owens (Bessemer, Ala./Jess Lanier), this unit collectively has great speed and range on the perimeter. The entire front seven is well-represented, with a lot of high three-star prospects on the defensive line, including end Craig Sanders (Ariton, Ala./Ariton) and tackles Wilson Love (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook), Kenneth Carter (Greenville, Ala./Greenville), Jeremiah Jackson (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park) and Jared Morse (Oxford, Ala./Oxford).

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Billy Tucker

Scouts, Football Recruiting
• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.