State of Alabama Rankings
Dee Liner
abone@scout.com
Posted Mar 9, 2012


The Scout300 was expanded on Wednesday in the class of 2013. The Yellowhammer State had several players who did well in the release.

The state of Alabama had three players ranked among the top 100 prospects in the country; Dee Liner, five-star defensive tackle from Muscle Shoals, O.J. Howard, four-star tight end from Prattville-Autauga Academy and Ardarius Stewart, four-star wide receiver from Birmingham-Fultondale.

Dee Liner, an Auburn commitment, is the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country. He is rated No. 12 overall. Alabama commitment O.J. Howard is rated the No. 2 tight end in the country and No. 36 overall. Howard is expected to receive a five-star rating. Ardarius Stewart is also committed to the Tide. He is No. 85 overall and the No. 14 wide receiver prospect in the country.

Austin Golson, four-star offensive tackle from Prattville, is the first in-state player outside the Top 100. He is rated the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country. The Florida State commitment edged out Alabama commitment Grant Hill, four-star offensive guard from Huntsville, as the top offensive lineman in the state. Hill is ranked the No. 5 offensive guard and No. 139 overall.

Earnest Robinson, four-star from Pinson Valley, is the top receiver in the state. Robinson is the No. 29 wide receiver and No. 213 overall. Robinson recently ended his recruitment with a commitment to Auburn.

Jeremy Johnson, four-star from Montgomery-Carver, is the state's top quarterback. Johnson has offers from Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss. He is the No. 218 prospect and No. 21 quarterback in the country.

Jason Smith, four-star quarterback from Mobile-McGill-Toolen, ranked the No. 229 prospect and No. 24 quarterback in the country. Smith is one of the most electrifying athletes in the state. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Troy, UAB and Arkansas State.

Deon Johnson, wide receiver from Spanish Fort, is the final member of the Scout 300. Johnson had a great junior season with 19 receiving touchdowns. He is the No. 31 wide receiver and No. 236 prospect in the country. He has an offer from Alabama.

FoxSportsNext/Scout.com ranking:
1. Dee Liner
2. O.J. Howard
3. Ardarius Stewart
4. Austin Golson
5. Grant Hill
6. Earnest Robinson
7. Jeremy Johnson
8. Jason Smith
9. Deon Johnson

Other rankings:
Bradley Bozeman, three-star from Roanoke-Handley and Alabama commitment, is rated the No. 20 offensive guard in the country. Kamryn Melton, three-star from Dothan and Auburn commitment, ranked the No. 32 cornerback.

Cameron Toney, three-star from Huntsville, is the No. 18 middle linebacker. Toney is the top rated linebacker in the state. Toney has several offers including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Rod Crayton, three-star from Dadeville, is the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country. Not many lineman who were as productive when registering 162 tackles and 10 sacks. Crayton has offers from several schools including Arizona, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

Jarren Johnson, three-star from Jackson, is the No. 45 wide receiver. Johnson should have a big spring with several schools wanting to take a closer look. He is a solid 5-foot-10, 192-pounds and one of the best overall athletes in the state. He has offers from Arkansas State, Idaho State, Jacksonville State and Troy.

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