The Alabama 13
Kwon Alexander
Kwon Alexander
Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 20, 2011

High school players in the state of Alabama have been rewarded with stars. The class of 2012 is loaded with talent and arguably close to 10 National 100 prospects. FOXSports/ updated several rankings after spring evaluations with a positive sign for well-deserved performers.

Three players in the state were previously awarded five-stars (out of 36 players) which included Kwon Alexander, outside linebacker from Oxford, Jameis Winston, quarterback from Hueytown and Reggie Ragland, middle linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala. This group of players is interchangable, but Alexander has kept the top spot for now.

Alexander is rated the No. 1 prospect in the state, and the No. 1 linebacker in the country. Winston ranks the No. 2 quarterback in the country, and Ragland the No. 1 middle linebacker.

Alexander plans to wait until signing day to announce a decision, and Winston plans to announce his college choice in July. Ragland gave an early commiment to the University of Alabama.

The state has a total of six players, the most ever ranked by Scout, in the National 100. The other players in the National 100 include Chris Casher, four-star defensive end from Mobile-Faith Academy, Justin Shanks, four-star defensive tackle from Prattville and T.J. Yeldon, four-star running back from Daphne.

Casher moves inside the top 10 at his position to the No. 8 defensive end in the country. He is committed to Florida State. Shanks ranks is ranked the No. 10 defensive tackle. The U.S. Army All-American is likely to announce a decision in the near future. Yeldon is the top running back in the state and ranks the No. 16 back in the country. He is expected to announce a decision before the season.

Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker and Alabama commitment from Thomasville, Beniquez Brown, four-star outside linebacker from Florence, and Tyler Nero, four-star defensive tackle from Atmore-Escambia County, all rank inside the top 150.

Hayes is rated the No. 9 outside linebacker and Brown No. 11. Brown is likely to play safety on the next level. Nero's stock has increased dramatically this spring with the release of his junior film. He was well deserving of his place in the Scout 300 and ranks as the No. 15 defensive tackle.

Alphonse Taylor, four-star offensive tackle from Mobile-Davidson, Ala., is a mammoth prospect who recently committed to Florida State. He plays on both sides of the ball, but is better suited to play offensive tackle at the next level. He is rated the No. 22 offensive tackle in the country. Cassanova McKinzy, four-star middle linebacker and Auburn commitment from Birmingham-Woodlawn, Ala., comes in strong and rated the No. 6 middle linebacker in the country.

Justin Thomas, quarterback and Alabama commitment from Pratville, is rated inside the top 200 prospects in the country. He plays quarterback for the Lions, but rated the No. 28 best wide receiver.

Another new member to the Scout 300 is Darrion Hutcherson, four-star tight end and Auburn commitment from Dadeville. It only took Hutcherson a few trips to college campuses for schools to notice the 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect. He can easily develop as one of the top tight end prospects in the country. He is a freakish athlete with great hands and will provide a lot of mismatches on the next level. He ranks as the No. 11 tight end in the country.

A prospect who remains in the Scout 300 is Alex Taylor, wide receiver from Lester-West Limestone. Taylor was kicked off his high school team prior to spring practice. He had given his verbal pledge to Auburn at one time, but is no longer a Tiger commitment. He ranks as the No. 44 wide receiver.

This is a quick look at the breakdown of top prospects in the state.

1. Kwon Alexander- No. 15 Overall, No. 1 Outside Linebacker
2. Jameis Winston- No. 22 Overall, No. 2 Quarterback
3. Reggie Ragland- No. 33 Overall, No. 1 Middle Linebacker
4. Chris Casher- No. 62 Overall, No. 8 Defensive End
5. Justin Shanks- No. 66 Overall, No. 10 Defensive Tackle
6. T.J. Yeldon- No. 96 Overall, No. 16 Running Back
7. Tyler Hayes- No. 125 Overall, No. 9 Outside Linebacker
8. Beniquez Brown- No. 134 Overall, No. 11 Outside Linebacker
9. Tyler Nero- No. 146 Overall, No. 15 Defensive Tackle
10. Alphonse Taylor- No. 174 Overall, No. 22 Offensive Tackle
11. Cassanova McKinzy- No. 175 Overall, No. 6 Middle Linebacker
12. Justin Thomas- No. 186 Overall, No. 28 Wide Receiver
13. Darrion Hutcherson- No. 268 Overall, No. 11 Tight End

14. Alex Taylor- No. 295 Overall, No. 44 Wide Receiver (dismissed from team)


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