Alabama highlights SEC West recruiting
Originally Published: August 18, 2010By Craig Haubert | ESPN Recruiting
SEC West Recruiting Breakdown
|1||Hasean Clinton-Dix (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips)
Alabama looks poised to contend for a fourth straight top-three finish in the recruiting rankings. Currently sitting at No. 2 in the class rankings, the Crimson Tide have a talented and deep class. With only three committed prospects that don't rank among the top 25 players at their position, there is really no drop-off with this class. No. 2-rated safety Clinton-Dix is a big pickup based on ability and need. Alabama's class also boasts two prospects from Ohio ranking among the top five at their positions in No. 2 outside linebacker Trey DePriest (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) and No. 4 center Ryan Kelly (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West).
|2||Anthony Johnson (New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker)
It is a strong year for talent in Louisiana and the Tigers seem to be taking advantage. Nine of their top 10 prospects hail from in-state, led by two five-star prospects. Johnson is the No. 2-ranked player in the nation thanks to his ability to cause havoc and be a playmaker on the defensive line. La'El Collins (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist) possesses the size, athleticism and balance to be a dominant left tackle.
|3||Reese Dismukes (Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort)
Gene Chizik and his staff have been active and creative on the recruiting trail since they took over and continue to do well. The Tigers may have themselves a short-term answer at quarterback but also look to have found an excellent long-term one with a commitment from No. 3-ranked signal-caller Kiehl Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Shiloh Christian). Athlete C.J. Uzomah (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) can provide a big target in the passing game, but the high school quarterback could also provide plays from a Wildcat role. Also, Auburn has landed the top center prospect in the nation in Dismukes.
|4||Brey Cook (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber)
Coach Bobby Petrino is adding some needed youth to areas of his offense with this class. The offensive line has been a big beneficiary, adding two in-state ESPNU 150 prospects. Cook has the size and technique to help keep the Razorbacks' quarterbacks upright. Mitch Smothers (Springdale, Ark./Springdale) is a sound, versatile player who could line up anywhere along the line. The offense also has some good targets in the passing game on board with tight ends Demetrius Dean (Fayetteville, Ark./Fayetteville) and Jervohnte Riles (Bessemer, Ala./Jess Lanier), as well as four- and three-star receivers.
|5||Gerrod Holliman (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge)
Mississippi has been busy throughout the Southeast landing talent, with prospects committed from in-state, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. The class is marked by two four-star defenders out of the Sunshine State, followed by good mid-range quality. Holliman needs size but is well-rounded with good speed, range, instincts and ball skills. Linebacker Serderius Bryant (Sanford, Fla./Seminole) has a compact frame but is an explosive defender with a great motor.
|6||C.J. Johnson (Philadelphia, Miss./Philadelphia)
The Bulldogs have assembled a class similar to that of their in-state rivals because they are led by two four-star recruits who are followed by a fairly quality group of mid-range prospects. Johnson is a bit raw but displays nice upside. Jermaine Whitehead (Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy) is a playmaker with speed and could help the Bulldogs on either side of the ball. Mississippi State is also looking to add depth and youth to their offensive line with a trio of three-star offensive tackles.
Craig Haubert is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has more than a decade of coaching experience.
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