Nine Alabama football recruits have begun classes at Alabama and will be eligible to participate in spring practice.
Although many of you already know who the nine players are, Alabama made the official announcement this evening. The list includes three quarterbacks, two offensive linemen, a tight end, a wide receiver, celebrated running back Derrick Henry and a defensive back who has spent the past decade playing baseball.
Jai Miller, who is a 2003 Selma High graduate, played minor league baseball during 2003-12, with brief appearances in the major leagues with the Marlins (2008), the Royals (2010) and the A’s (2011). He signed with Stanford out of high school, but picked baseball when the Marlins took him in the fourth round of the major league draft. His college education is covered under his baseball contract, and he is considered a walk-on.
Here’s the complete list:
–Cooper Bateman, QB, 6-3, 202, Murray, Utah/Cottonwood High
–Leon Brown, OL, 6-6, 313, Riverdale, Md./Parkdale/ASA College
–Luke Del Rio, QB, 6-2, 200, Highlands Ranch, C-olo./Valor Christian
–Raheem Falkins, WR, 6-4, 195, New Orleans/G.W. Carver
–Derrick Henry, RB, 6-3, 242, Yulee, Fla./Yulee
–Brandon Hill, OL, 6-6, 350, Collierville, Tenn./St. George’s/Hargrave Military Acad.
–O.J. Howard, TE, 6-5, 225, Prattville/Autauga Academy
–Parker McLeod, QB, 6-3, 190, Marietta, Ga./Walton
–Jai Miller, DB, 6-3, 210, Valley Grande/Selma
Henry is rated as the No. 1 athlete in the country by ESPN.com and 247Sports and the No. 4 running back by Scout.com. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports rates Howard as the nation’s top tight end.