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Position: Defensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 280 pounds

School: Hoover; Hoover

Notes: Listed as a three-star prospect by ... Made 98 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. ... Chapman originally had committed to Auburn, but Nick Saban and his staff were able to sway the big defensive lineman to the Tide.


Position: Offensive guard

Height, weight: 6-3, 285

School: Hoover; Hoover

Notes: Crump is one of the players who stayed with the Tide despite the coaching change. ... A three-star prospect, he is rated as one of the top offensive guards in the country by both and


Position: Defensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-4, 254

School: West Monroe; Monroe, La.

Notes: Davis might be the biggest name landed by coach Saban. ... Rated the 25th best defensive tackle in the country by Rivals. ... He publicly committed to LSU, but then rescinded his decision in late January after an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 19.


Position: Defensive end

Height, weight: 6-3, 270

School: North Clayton; College Park, Ga.

Notes: Elder committed to Alabama on Monday after visiting Tuscaloosa last weekend. ... He had been thought to be looking at Georgia but reportedly liked Alabama's new facilities during his trip.


Position: Quarterback

Height, weight: 6-3, 200

School: Churchill; San Antonio

Notes: Fanuzzi was one of Alabama's first recruiting targets after Saban joined the Tide in January. ... He originally had committed to Miami, but switched his public commitment after Saban came on board. This forced Tampa, Fla., area quarterback Robert Marve, who originally committed to the Tide under former coach Mike Shula, to switch to Miami.


Position: Safety

Height, weight: 6-1, 190

School: St. Pius; Houston

Notes: Farmer is considered to be on the lower half of the top-100 safeties available according to both Rivals and Scout and both services list him as a three-star prospect. ... He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.


Position: Defensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-1, 265

School: Prattville; Prattville

Notes: Gentry is another one of the Shula recruits who decided to stick with the Tide after Shula was fired in November. ... He is considered one of the top players in state and the 29th best defensive tackle available in this year's recruiting haul, according to Rivals. ... Despite his size, he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds.


Position: Running back

Height, weight: 5-11, 205

School: Hargrave Military Academy; Chatham, Va.

Notes: In a talent-rich position, Goode is a solid runner coming off a prep school year. ... Before attending Hargrave, he spent four years with Troup High in LaGrange, Ga. ... Rivals lists him as a four-star prospect and Scout has him as a three-star.


Position: Wide receiver

Height, weight: 6-0, 168

School: Norcross; Norcross, Ga.

Notes: A late public commitment to Alabama. ... According to Web sites, Hanks says he needs to work on his size and speed before he comes to Tuscaloosa.


Position: Inside linebacker

Height, weight: 6-3, 228

School: Marist; Atlanta

Notes: Hester originally committed publicly to former Tide coach Shula and continued his commitment after visiting Alabama in mid-January. ... He stayed with the Tide despite a late push by Ole Miss. ... Hester is big and fast and could develop the size needed to play linebacker.


Position: Cornerback

Height, weight: 5-10, 185

School: Fork Union Military Academy; Fork Union, Va.

Notes: Another big prep school recruit by Saban's staff, Jackson can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. ... He has a 33-inch vertical leap, according to Rivals.


Position: Cornerback

Height, weight: 6-2, 195

School: Pensacola; Pensacola, Fla.

Notes: Lett is one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation, according to both Scout and Rivals. ... Rivals has him ranked as the 13th best cornerback prospect. He has size and speed, according to both Web sites. ... Lett publicly committed during the summer and reaffirmed that pledge after visiting Alabama in mid-January.


Position: Linebacker

Height, weight: 6-4, 240

School: Decatur; Decatur

Notes: A Parade All-American, McClain is one of the best players available. ... Originally recruited by Shula's staff, McClain is ranked as the 35th best player in the country by Rivals and as the 10th best linebacker by Scout. ... A four-star prospect by both services, McClain runs the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds, according to Rivals.


Position: Defensive tackle, offensive line

Height, weight: 6-3, 297

School: Athens; Athens

Notes: The big but nimble McCullough committed to the Tide in July. ... He is considered one of the best defensive tackles in the country by both Rivals and Scout. ... His best bench press is 300 pounds.


Position: Safety

Height, weight: 5-11, 185

School: B.C. Rain; Mobile

Notes: One of the few players that the Tide will get from the Mobile area, McGaskin says that he has been an Alabama fan since he was a child and that played into his decision. ... Not a big player, McGaskin turned down offers from Illinois, Ole Miss, South Carolina and West Virginia.


Position: Defensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-5, 315

School: Hoover; Hoover

Notes: Murphy officially committed to Alabama the day before signing day. He had taken a trip to Miami last week but chose the Tide. ... Along with Tide recruit Josh Chapman, he helped make up a powerful defensive front for the Bucs that led them to the Class 6A finals.


Position: Running back

Height, weight: 5-9, 204

School: Lakeland; Lakeland, Fla.

Notes: Taylor committed to the Tide last summer, signing his letter of intent. ... He is considered to be a hard-running fullback as a high schooler who could have the size and speed to be a college running back.


Position: Tight end

Height, weight: 6-4, 215

School: Vestavia Hills; Vestavia Hills

Notes: A two-star prospect according to both Scout and Rivals, Underwood committed after being recruited by new Tide defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. ... He projects to be either a tight end or a wide receiver. ... Underwood also was recruited by UCLA and Clemson.


Position: Offensive line

Height, weight: 6-2, 287

School: Mountain Brook; Mountain Brook

Notes: Vlachos took a grayshirt offer from the Tide in September and says he is 100 percent committed to Alabama despite a late push from Florida State. ... Vlachos is ranked as a three-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals. ... He played center in high school.


Position: Defensive end

Height, weight: 6-4, 225

School: Haywood; Brownsville, Tenn. Notes: After Saban was hired, Watkins was someone who many thought would look for another school, possibly in his home state. ... The athletic defensive end stayed true to his commitment after visiting Alabama in mid-January.


Position: Defensive end

Height, weight: 6-5, 220

School: Dora; Dora

Notes: Williams originally committed to Arkansas but changed his mind after visiting Alabama.

-Josh Cooper, Daily Sports Writer

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