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Blog readers like recruiting haul

Now, more than a week after signing day, it’s a good time to look at the results of your voting. As it turns out, nobody thought Alabama did worse than a “C” on the old grading scale. And 73 percent of the voters gave the Crimson Tide an “A”

Click here for the complete results and see how it broke down by state below.

Coming Friday: A look at Sims, Milliner

In a surprising, yet positive turn of events, Alabama brought Phillip Sims and DeMarcus Milliner into the interview room Wednesday after Nick Saban’s signing day news conference. True freshman are never made available, so quasi-pre-freshmen were welcomed with open-arms by beat writers looking for a different story.

The story comes Friday. Read more about the pair, and look for a wider sweeping story about high school seniors enrolling early in college.

(The photo below taken by this amateur photographer, showing Milliner on the left and Sims on right talking to reporters)

VIDEO: Saban talks recruiting

Fax cam goes dark

Alabama must not be expecting any new letters any time soon. The signing day fax cam that had been captivating fans and sports writers all morning is now dark.

“The media you’ve selected is currently unavailable” the message reads.

Maybe the intrigue is over. Stay tuned.

THIS JUST IN: Fax cam draws national attention here and here.

James Stone signs with Vols

That leaves the Tide with 26 signees and vertically every known prospect off the board.

Stone, who will make the announcement live on ESPNU, has already faxed his letter to Knoxville, according to the Tennessean. He is the second loss for the Tide today after Shon Coleman went with Auburn earlier this morning.

Any surprises? We’ll see.

Final committed player signs

Of the committed players we know of, Corey Grant was the last to sign and fax. It just arrived

RB Corey Grant
Height, weight: 5-10, 186
School: Opelika; Opelika
Notes: Committed to Tide in news conference by selection Alabama over Florida and hometown Auburn. … A two-time Class 6A state champion in 100 meter dash. … Same height as Mark Ingram but 26 pounds lighter.

Kouandjio is in

The last player to make his pledge to the Crimson Tide is now officially a signee. Arie Kouandjio gave the word last night and now his fax is in Tuscaloosa.

OL Arie Kouandjio
Height, weight: 6-5,335
School: DeMatha Catholic; Beltsville, Md.
Notes: No. 15 offensive tackle according to Rivals. … Recorded 23 pancake tackles as a senior. … Chose Tide over Miami, USC, Maryland and Cal.

Late commit makes it official

Brandon Ivory was late to commit to Alabama after changing his mind. Memphis was out and the Tide was in last week. Now, his fax is received.

DL Brandon Ivory
Height, weight: 6-3, 330
School: Memphis East; Memphis, Tenn.
Notes: A last-minute change of heart led Ivory to change commitment from Memphis to Alabama. … He told BamaOnLine that he was “custom made” to play Terrence Cody’s old nose guard position although he is 40 pounds lighter that the All-American. … One of three commitments from the city of Memphis, the only city with more than one.

That leaves short list of committed but unsigned:
Arie Kouandjio
Corey Grant

Wilson Love brings fax machine back to life

There was a brief lull in the faxes until a defender from Mountain Brook sent his letter over.

DE Wilson Love
Height, weight: 6-4, 235
School: Mountain Brook; Mountain Brook
Notes: The younger brother of Tide sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Love, he joins Harrison Jones as the other Crimson Tide legacy. … Official commitment came at 2009 A-Day game.

Jalston Fowler's fax arrives

The Tide has even more depth at running back now that Jalston Fowler is official.

RB Jalston Fowler
Height, weight: 6-0, 240
School: Vigor; Prichard
Notes: Another early enrollee who will be hungry for the beginning of spring practice. Fowler was not allowed to play his senior season because he was too old, according to the ASHAA. … As a junior, he ran for 1,182 yards and had 25 touchdowns but fell off the recruiting radar after sitting out his senior season.

JUCO defensive back is next

Dequan Menzie’s fax just arrived.

DB Dequan Menzie
Height, weight: 5-11, 200
School: Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Notes: Commitment became public Sunday evening with six defensive backs already pledged to the Tide. … Will be the most experienced defensive back recruit after spending two seasons in community college. … Recorded 51 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Carswell, Jones join the party

TE Harrison Jones
Height, weight: 6-4, 230
School: Evangelical Christian School; Memphis, Tenn.
Notes: Another of the Memphis prospects, Jones is the younger brother of starting offensive lineman Barrett Jones and the son of former Tide basketball player Rex Jones. … One of two tight ends committed to Tide looking to replace Colin Peek.

DB Ronald Carswell
Height, weight: 6-0, 180
School: Westside; Macon, Ga.
Notes: Went to the same high school as former Tide defensive back Kareem Jackson. … One of the earliest commitments, Carswell made his pledge in early April, 2009.

Jarrick Williams, come on down

Now, in the Bama Blog’s 600th post, I announce Jarrick Williams is official.

DB Jarrick Williams
Height, weight: 6-2, 205
School: Blount; Eight Mile
Notes: High school coach was Kelvin Sigler, former Alabama defensive back. … Had 75 tackles and five interceptions as a senior. … In Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, made two tackles for loss and broke up a pass.

Taking roll at 9 a.m.

There are seven players who committed and have yet to send faxes. Those players are:

Ronald Carswell
Corey Grant
Brandon Ivory
Harrison Jones
Wilson Love
Dequan Menzie
Jarrick Williams

Stay tuned

Shon Colman goes with … Auburn

Just in: Shon Coleman goes with Auburn instead of Alabama. That leaves just one more on the board, offensive lineman James Stone.

By the way, if you’re watching the webcam, you just saw Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram give a quick wave.