Alabama has announced nine early enrollees from its 2013 recruiting class.
The Crimson Tide added seven high school seniors, a junior college transfer in offensive lineman Leon Brown from ASA Institute in New York, and a post-graduate in offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Hargrave Military Academy). Brown has a chance to come in and replace the departed D.J. Fluker at right tackle.
The seven high school athletes enrolling early are quarterback Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City, Utah; quarterback Luke Del Rio of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; wide receiver Raheeem Falkins of New Orleans; running back Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla.; tight end O.J. Howard of Prattville, Ala.; quarterback Parker McLeod of Marietta, Ga.; and defensive back Jai Miller of Valley Grande, Ala.
The two biggest additions to Alabama's spring roster will be Henry and Howard. Henry, an ESPN 150 member, is the No. 1 athlete in the country and had a historic high school career at running back. He could see time at H-back for the Tide. Howard, who is another ESPN 150 member, is rated the No. 2 tight end and could be a big mismatch for defenders at the H-back position. He has solid speed and his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame could make him a game-changer for the Tide.