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August 9, 2012

Alabama: Summer standouts

Countless prospects were evaluated this summer with plenty of high-profile and under the radar players who showcased their talent at various camps. This is a look at the top 12 performers of the camp circuit who raised their stock.

DeMarcus Bingham, wide receiver, Foley High School (2014)
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete has excellent size and big play ability. He was terrific in National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover showcasing his skills as a deep threat weapon. Bingham draws a lot of comparisons to former Foley receiver Julio Jones who now stars for the Atlanta Falcons. Bingham isn't as polished as Jones at this stage, but the two have a lot of the same characteristics. He will have a lot of eyes on him this fall.

Jonathan Cook, cornerback, Spanish Fort High School
Cook received major praise from various coaches who have worked passing camps and college camps. He really stood out at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover. Cook has great size at the cornerback position. He has long arms, very quick instincts, and does a great job breaking on the ball. He has 20+ offers and should see the list continue to increase this fall.

Grant Hill, offensive line, Huntsville High School
Hill arrived at the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge a rock solid 297-pounds. He was tremendous in the one-on-ones and helped lead an undermanned Southeast team to Tug-of-War champions. The Alabama commitment has come a long way in the past two years and developed into one of the nation's elite linemen.

O.J. Howard, tight end, Autauga Academy (Prattville)
Howard is clearly the top tight end prospect in the country. He was the show stopper at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in July, The Opening and Gridiron Kings. He is the rare prospect who comes along with freakish size, speed, athleticism with the addition of route running skills and hands. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Alabama commitment separated himself from the nation's elite tight ends this summer.

Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Hoover High School (2014)
The underclassman burst on the recruiting scene the first game he started for the Bucs last fall against South Panola. His stock has increased ever since. Humphrey had a tremendous summer on the field and track. He broke Robert Griffin, III, 100m hurdle record with a 13.97. He was named the defensive MVP of the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover. Humphrey is a gamechanger. He also has the size (6-foot, 175) college coaches highly like in cornerbacks.

Deon Johnson, wide receiver, Spanish Fort High School
Explosive is one of many words to describe Johnson who turned in a 4.32 40-yard dash at Alabama's camp this summer. He is one of the fastest players in the Southeast. He displayed his speed at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover. Johnson does a great job of creating separation, explosive coming off the ball and creates space when coming out of his breaks. The Alabama commitment is a great pass catcher and strong for his size.

Jeremy Johnson, quarterback, Carver High School (Montgomery)
Johnson burst on the recruiting scene prior to his sophomore year when he guided Carver to the National Select 7-on-7 championship in Hoover. Two years later Johnson has developed into an elite quarterback and an Auburn commitment. Johnson has a tremendous arm and launches the deep ball with accuracy. He can also pick apart a defense with intermediate passes. Johnson also has the ability to get the ball to his third or even fourth option.

Earnest Robinson, wide receiver, Pinson Valley High School
Head coach Matt Glover is eager for Robinson to show up every day at practice and in games like he did at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta. Robinson was incredible among a strong group of receivers. He doesn't have breakaway speed, but he makes up for in his route running, ability to go up for the ball and effort. The Auburn commitment is projected to have a big season season.

Bo Scarbrough, athlete, Northridge High School (Tuscaloosa) 2014
Another underclassman who has been a standout at summer camps and events. Scarbrough tore his ACL last season, but he has returned to 100-percent and then some. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound athlete clocked a blistering 4.35 40-yard dash this summer. He performed well at the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge and arguably the top athlete in the country in next year's class.

Gerald Sterling, defensive line, Aliceville High School
A lot of schools took notice of Sterling in the spring, but it was summer camps that lead to scholarship offers. He is hoping for more as the season progresses. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman really made some noise at the Florida State camp. He is extremely athletic for his size with a very high ceiling. Sterling snagged two As during summer school to improve the GPA.

Marquez White, athlete, Northview High School (Dothan)
White was an under the radar prospect for much of his junior year. He is also a highly talented basketball player who kept busy in the spring with AAU basketball. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete did showcase his skills on the gridiron during spring practice. White is an explosive athlete, has tremendous footwork and is a natural playmaker. He drew heavy praise from coaches who watched and worked camp this summer.

The next best who missed the cut: Chris Knowles (McGill-Toolen, WR, 2014), Blake Worthy (Gadsden City, safety), Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, defensive end), Cameron Fraser (Central-Phenix City, OL), Devlin Hodges (Mortimer Jordan, QB, 2014), E.J. Moss (Ashville, QB, 2014), Nick Gibson (Pinson Valley, RB, 2015), Traveon Samuel (Central-Phenix City, RB, 2015), Dijon Paschal (Tallassee, WR), Ronnie Clark (Calera, Athlete, 2015), Jerry Harris (Hueytown, DL), Wilson Bell (Blount, OG)

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