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Five Tide commitments pick up Alabama high school all-state honors

Alabama has six commitments from in-state and five of them gained some sort of honor when the Alabama Sports Writers Association named its all-state team today.

Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman of Class 4A Handley High didn’t make the squad after suffering a season-ending knee injury four weeks into the season.

A list of the five who did and what honor they received:

Class 6A
First team
Grant Hill
, Huntsville, OL, 6-6, 290
Honorable mention
Darius Paige
, Foley, DL, 6-3, 295

Class 5A
First team
Jonathan Cook
, Spanish Fort, DB, 6-0, 185

Class 2A
First team
ArDarius Stewart
, Fultondale, QB, 6-1, 195

First team
O.J. Howard
, Autauga Academy, TE, 6-6, 230

For the complete all-state list, click here.

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Trio of Tide commitments help state win Alabama-Mississippi game

Crimson Tide commitment Jonathan Cook intercepted a pass and returned it 57 yards in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Saturday in Montgomery.

Cook, a Spanish Fort High standout, made his play in the second quarter of Alabama’s 21-16 win over Mississippi. With Mississippi facing second-and-goal from the Alabama 2, Cook snatched a Parker Adamson pass in the end zone and ran it back to the Mississippi 43. It set up a field goal, giving Alabama a 6-0 lead.

Cook also broke up two passes and made a tackle for a 4-yard loss. Alabama commitment Darius Paige, a defensive tackle from Foley High, made one tackle and was credited with one quarterback hurry. Tide commitment ArDarius Stewart of Fultondale High returned two punts for a total of 5 yards and broke up a pass.

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Tide recruit at center of prep transfer controversy

Alabama commitment Darius Paige has transferred from Washington High in Pensacola, Fla., to Foley High, and a coach at his old school is calling foul.

Washington assistant coach George Schellang told the Pensacola News Journal that Paige told him the move was recommended by Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt, who recruited Paige.

“My reaction was shock and dismay that a Division I coach would tell a high school athlete that he needed to transfer, that they had people there to help,” Schellang told the News Journal.

However, Foley coach Todd Watson told al.com that his school had not recruited Paige.

“I know 100 percent that we did nothing wrong. We have not recruited the kid in any form or fashion,” Watson said.

Paige is listed as a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect. Paige committed to Alabama in May.