South Alabama’s 2012 recuiting class breakdown

February 1, 2012 · By · Filed Under Football 

Incoming freshmen in Summer/fall:

  • Daniel Aust, OL, 6’2″, 260lbs, Birmingham, AL, Hoover High
    Two star OL from Scout and ESPN. Ranked 112th nationally  among guards by ESPN. His measurables are listed as: 40 yard dash in 4.9 seconds, max benchpress 330, shuttle 4.6 and a 29″ vertical. He other offer was from Navy.
  • Caleb Autry, CB, 5’8″, 170lbs, Foley, AL, Foley High
    44 total tackles, 8 pass deflections and 2 interceptions his senior year.
  • Cameron Broadnax, WR, 6’1″, 180, Hueytown, AL, Hueytown High
    A 2 star recruit from Rivals. Caught 61 passes for 835 yards and 13 TDs his senior season. He is listed as having a 34 vertical. He was offered by MTSU, Samford and UAB.
  • Lawon Debardelaben, CB, 5’8″, 165, Prattville, AL, Prattville High
    A 2 star CB by Rivals and ESPN. He ranked among the top 115 CBs in the country by ESPN. His measurables are listed as running a 4.52 in the 40 yard dash, shuttle 4.25 seconds, vertical of 38″. He was offered by Arkansas State and Rice. This kid really stood out with his vision and instincts for the ball.
  • Mike Dumas, S, 6’1″, 180lbs, Cape Coral, FL, Island Coast High
    A 2 star S from Scout and ESPN. He was all-southwest Florida and all-county in Lee County as a senior. He was offered by UConn, FAU, FIU, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, NC State, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
  • Steven Foster, OL, 6’3″, 305lbs, Demopolis, AL, Demopolis High
    A 3 start OL from Scout and ESPN. He was a three-time all-county and Tuscaloosa News All-West Alabama honoree. His other offer was from UAB.
  • Ridge James, DE, 6’4″, 210lbs, Richardson, TX, Bakersfield (CA) CC, Berkner High
    Only played in two games last season but collected 13 total stops, 11 unassisted.
  • Terrance Jones, DL, 6′, 290lbs, Prattville, AL, Prattville High
    A 3 Star DL from ESPN and a 2 star from Scout. He was ranked the 43rd best DT nationally by ESPN. He also had offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.
  • Paul Kyles, TE, 6’3″, 255, Mobile AL, Vigor High
    A 3 Star TE and wasranked among the top 60 TEs nationally by both ESPN and Scout. He also had an offer from Auburn.
  • Clay Machen, OL, 6’4″, 300lbs, Auburn, AL, Auburn High
    A 3 Star OL. He wan ranked as the 13th best center in the nation and 40th overall best player in the state of Alabama. His listed measurables are a 5.32 in the 40 yard dash, a max bench of 315, max squat of 460, shuttle of 4.97, vertical of 25″, GPA 3.2 and ACT of 22. He also had offers from Chattanooga, Georgia State, Memphis and UAB.
  • Steve McKenzie OL, 6’1″ 320lbs, LIthonia GA, Stephenson High
    A 3 Star recruit from Rivals and ESPN. A 2 star by Scout. Listed as having a 23″ vertical. He had offers from Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall and Southern Miss.
  • Perry Meiklejohn OL, 6’3″, Miami FL, El Camino (CA) CC, Westminster Christian High
    Selected to 2nd team all-National Northern Conference as a Sophomore.
  • Jay Minor DE, 6’1″, 240lbs, Prattville AL, Prattville High
    A 3 Star recruit by ESPN and a 2 star by Scout. Listed as running the 40 in 4.89 seconds, a shuttle of 4.6 and a vertical of 33″. He had offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.
  • Tyrell Pearson CB, 5’8″, 150lbs, Greenville SC, Mesa (AZ) CC, Greenville Senior High
    As a Sophomore he intercepted 8 passes and finished the season with 10 total passes defended.
  • Grant Powell QB, 6’2″, 200lbs, Germantown TN, Christian Brothers Academy
    A 2 star QB from Scout and ESPN. Runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds, the shuttle in 4.4 seconds and has a 32″ vertical.
  • Joseph Scelfo OL, 6′, 280lbs, Bogart GA, North Oconee High
    A 3 Star OL from Rivals and ESPN and a 2 star from Scout. Ranked as the top center in Georgia. Runs the 40 in 5.19 seconds and has a max bench of 315. He had a host of offers from Appalachian State, Army, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe, Presbyterian, Samford, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky.
  • DeVonta Staples S, 6’1″, 190lbs, Lanett AL, Valley High
    A 2 star from Scout. He was named first-team 5A all-State by the ASWA. Listed as running the 40 in 4.49 seconds. He also had offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Marshall, MTSU and UAB.
  • Sir’Vegias Steele CB, 5’8″, 170lbs, Mobile AL, LeFlore High
    A four year letterman starter. He has 102 tackles and 16 interceptions during his career. He was also recruited by Auburn.
  • Davion Stuarts LB, 5’10”, 205lbs, Punta Gorda FL, Charlotte High
    A 2 star from Rivals, Scout and ESPN. He was chosen district player of the year his final season. He was also offered by UCF and MTSU.
  • Aleem Suananon PK, 5’6″, 185lbs, Orland FL, Olympia High
    A 2 star recruit from ESPN. He earned all-State and all-Metro honors his senior season.

Junior College Transfers who signed in December:

  • Anthony Harris CB, 6’1″, 175lbs, Miami FL, El Camino (CA)CC, Southridge High
    Credited with 20 tackles, 14 solo, and 2.5 for loss last season.
  • Pat Moore DE, 6’3″ 235lbs, Southhaven MS, Northeast Mississippi CC, Southaven High
    Lead his team with 3.5 sacks and 43 total stops in 2010. He added 30 tackles in 2011.
  • Darrius Morrow CB, 5’10”, 170lbs, Memphis TN, Hutchinson (KS) CC, Germantown High
    His team finished 9th in the final NJCAA rankings. Runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds, max bench of 265 and a 40″ vertical. He was also offered by Indiana State, Murray State, Southern Illinois and UT-San Antonio.
  • Wes Saxon TE, 6’4″, 225lbs, Hueytown AL, Itawamba (MS) CC, Jess Lanier High
    Caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown last year as a freshman. He earned 2nd team all-State honors.
  • Charles Watson CB, 6’1″, 195lbs, Tylertown MS, Mississippi Gulf Coach CC, Ocean Springs High
    In 9 games as a Sophomore, he totaled 46 tackles, 31 solo, and 6 for a loss.

Transfers who have enrolled in school prior to the spring 2012 semester:

  • Brandon Bridge QB, 6’5″, 215lbs, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Alcorn St,  St. Marcellinus High
    Played the last two season at Alcorn St. where he posted 2,687 total yards of offense as a freshman.
  • James Elliot OL, 6’2″ 300lbs, Pensacola FL, University of Kentucky, Pensacola Catholic High
    A 3 Star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He sat out last fall as a redshirt. 


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