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Alabama Football Recruiting: 22 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

Marc TorrenceAlabama Lead WriterDecember 31, 2013

Alabama Football Recruiting: 22 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

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    This week is a big one for the Alabama football team and not just because the Tide are preparing to finish the season with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday.

    The U.S. Army and Under Armour All-American games are this week, with many of Alabama’s commitments and several more of its top targets playing in the games.

    As the Tide finish up the 2013 season, they will await commitment announcements for the final few spots in their 2014 signing class, which already has 23 commitments, according to 247Sports.

     

    Game: Under Armour All-America Game

    Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Time: 4 p.m. ET

    Place: Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

    Television: ESPN

     

    Game: US Army All-American Bowl

    Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014

    Time: 1 p.m. ET

    Place: Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)

    Television: NBC

     

    All recruiting information comes from 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

Lorenzo Carter, 5-Star Weakside Defensive End, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Carter would be yet another beast that coach Nick Saban can rotate in and out on its deep and talented defensive line. A group already highlighted by stud freshmen A’Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen, Carter would join fellow 5-star pass-rusher Da’Shawn Hand on a front that would be the best in the nation.

    Alabama already has six commitments on the defensive line, so landing Carter is not a necessity.

Matt Elam, 5-Star Defensive Tackle, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Elam is a prototypical nose tackle for Saban’s 3-4 base defense and would be perfect to anchor the front.

    He is currently choosing between Alabama and his native Kentucky, and while Alabama already has plenty of defensive line commitments, Elam would be a big get for the Tide, literally and figuratively.

Rashaan Evans, 5-Star Outside Linebacker, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Evans is expected to stay with his hometown Auburn Tigers but has Alabama right in the mix. With a linebacking corps that loses C.J. Mosley and will only have one more year left of Trey DePriest, Evans would be a welcome influx at a critical position.

Leonard Fournette, 5-Star Running Back, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    While Alabama’s backfield is already loaded, you can’t turn down a talent like Fournette. While in-state LSU is the heavy favorite, other Tide commitments have been pushing Fournette hard for Alabama. Fournette’s commitment would give the Tide an absolutely stacked backfield heading into 2014.

Marlon Humphrey, 5-Star Cornerback, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    With Alabama’s 2014 class severely lacking at defensive back, landing Humphrey would be huge for the Tide. Alabama is considered the heavy favorite, but Florida State has made a late push. Humphrey would come in and compete for starting time right away.

Laurence “Hootie” Jones, 4-Star Safety, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Jones was previously committed to Alabama but decommitted to give himself more time to look at schools. A Louisiana native, LSU and Ole Miss have made late pushes for the safety. The Tide could use some help at safety, as they will likely lose junior Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the NFL Draft after the season.

Travis Rudolph, 4-Star Wide Receiver, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    The depth chart at wide receiver is already packed at Alabama and could get more crowded if Rudolph chooses to head to Tuscaloosa. With Amari Cooper and Chris Black complementing a veteran returning core in Christion Jones and DeAndrew White, in addition to a trio of talented current freshmen, Rudolph would likely sit out his first year on campus, should he choose Alabama.

Jalen Tabor, 4-Star Cornerback, Uncommitted

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    Uncommitted

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Like Humphrey, Tabor is a key decision which Alabama will be watching especially close. The Tide couldn’t get a consistent No. 2 cornerback this year, and with the departure of No. 1 Deion Belue upcoming, the position will be wide open in 2014.

Joshua Casher, 4-Star Center, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Casher was one piece of a recruiting class with a heavy emphasis on the offensive line that already has six commitments. With Ryan Kelly and Chad Lindsay still having eligibility left after 2013, Casher will most likely redshirt.

Ronnie Clark, 4-Star Outside Linebacker, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Clark will come in with a crowded freshman class that already has commitments from five linebackers. Many Alabama defensive players get a start on special teams, a role that Clark could see himself in in 2014.

David Cornwell, 4-Star Quarterback, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Cornwell is one of the most highly touted quarterback prospects Saban has signed since coming to Alabama. He will step right into the mix of a quarterback battle after the departure of AJ McCarron. While it’s unlikely Saban would start a true freshman at the game’s important position, he has another prospect to develop who could turn into a starter down the road.

Da’Shawn Hand, 5-Star Strong-Side Defensive End, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Hand was a big get for Alabama. The nation’s No. 1 defensive end, according to 247Sports, could come in right away and have an impact like Jonathan Allen did this year. The Tide will not lack for edge-rushers in 2014.

J.C. Hassenauer, 4-Star Center, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Hassenauer, like Casher, is likely headed for a redshirt his first year on campus, not uncommon at Alabama. But Saban is stockpiling talent on the line and could have another elite group a few years down the road.

Christian Miller, 4-Star Linebacker, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    It will be tough for Miller to break into the defensive rotation in 2014, but he could develop into a solid pass-rusher. Like Clark, he will likely get a chance to show what he can do on special teams.

Ross Pierschbacher, 4-Star Offensive Tackle, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Pierschbacher could have a chance to compete for a tackle spot on the two-deep should junior Cyrus Kouandjio decide to go pro after his junior year. Regardless, Alabama gets another talented tackle to add to its group.

Cameron Robinson, 5-Star Offensive Tackle, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Robinson is the rare freshman who has the talent to come in and play from day one, like Cyrus Kouandjio or Grant Hill. Robinson, the No. 1 overall player in the country according to 247Sports, could be the best offensive linemen in the country in a few years.

Bo Scarbrough, 4-Star Athlete, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    A jack of all trades, Scarbrough will most likely enter Alabama as a running back, but he could end up at wide receiver or linebacker. Regardless, Alabama has a talented, do-it-all athlete in Scarbrough.

Cameron Sims, 4-Star Wide Receiver, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Sims joins a deep and talented receiving corps at Alabama and could join the mix with the departures of Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell. At 6’4”, his size makes him a big target for whoever is quarterbacking the Tide next year.

O.J. Smith, 3-Star Defensive Tackle, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Smith is likely a project at defensive tackle, and if Elam commits, he could be headed for a redshirt. But with how many defensive linemen Alabama plays, he will get his chance eventually.

Josh Frazier, 4-Star Defensive Tackle, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Frazier could be right in the mix next season, as the Tide aren’t hesitant to play young defensive linemen. Frazier was a big pickup away from SEC West rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Shaun Hamilton, 4-Star Inside Linebacker, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    As one of the top inside linebackers in the country, Hamilton will get a chance to play early with Mosley’s departure and Depriest only having one year remaining at Alabama. Like the other linebackers, he should get to contribute on special teams.

Zach Whitley, 4-Star Inside Linebacker, Committed

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    Committed to Alabama

     

    Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Like Hamilton, Whitley comes into a good situation personnel-wise, but he will likely have to prove himself on special teams first.

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