It isn't as good a year in Alabama as a year ago, when nine of the top 10 players in the state signed with coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. But cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Nico Johnson rank among the leading prospects in the nation at their positions.
Kirkpatrick, a 6-2, 180-pounder from Gadsden, is one of the top three cornerbacks in the country.
Johnson, a 6-3, 230-pounder from Andalusia, has 4.5 speed and rates among the top 10 linebackers in the nation.
The best offensive lineman in the state is 6-6, 320-pound D.J Fluker of Foley, who is committed to Alabama. Because of Hurricane Katrina, he has attended four high schools in four years.
Other top prospects are 6-4, 190-pound quarterback A.J. McCarron of Mobile, 6-4, 255-pound defensive lineman Anthony Orr of Harvest, 6-2, 290-pound defensive lineman Jamar Travis of Drewton, 6-2, 250-pound Auburn-bound defensive end Terrance Coleman of Mobile, 6-3, 220-pound wide receiver Kendall Kelly of Gadsden and 6-6, 290-pound defensive lineman Brandon Moore of Montgomery.