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August 16, 2012

Athletic State


There are several elite athletes in the state of Alabama who can play multiple positions, and multiple sports. Take a look at the top athletes in the 2013 recruiting class.

ArDarius Stewart, athlete and Alabama commitment from Fultondale High School, accounted for more than 2,000 yards on the ground and 1,400 yards in the air last fall along with 51 touchdowns. He added 48 tackles and three interceptions on defense. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder expects to start his career in Tuscaloosa at receiver.

Jason Smith, quarterback and Auburn commitment from McGill-Toolen in Mobile, passed for close to 2,000 yards and accounted for 20 touchdowns last fall. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete is one of the fastest players in the state. Smith has hopes of playing quarterback at the next level. Auburn will give him an opportunity, but he also knows other positions are available if not best suited for signal caller on the college level.

Jeremy Johnson, quarterback and Auburn commitment from Carver High School in Montgomery, will keep the same position at the next level. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound athlete is also one of the best basketball players in the state. He will consider playing both sports on the Plains.

Marquez White, from Northview High School in Dothan, was a late bloomer to the recruiting radar. The Florida State commitment is considered among the best players in the state. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete can play on either side of the ball as a cornerback or receiver. White is also an outstanding basketball player with several small school offers.

Kamryn Melton, Auburn commitment from Dothan High School, is a dangerous player on both sides of the ball. He plays with a lot of aggression and a natural playmaker. He will make an impact in the defensive backfield and special teams on the next level.

Cameron Echols-Luper, from Auburn High School, is the signal caller for the Tigers. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound standout is a star on the gridiron and excels in track where he competes in the 100m, 200m and long jump. He prefers playing on the defensive side of the ball for the next level. He might end up at cornerback or possibly move to safety.

Jarren Johnson, from Jackson High School, put on a showcase in the Class 4A state championship game a year ago. At 6-foot, 190-pounds coaches have yet to decide which position he'll play in college. Johnson stars at receiver and plays angry when running with the ball. He might end up playing safety at the next level.

JeVontey Smith, from Greensboro High School, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder who recently committed to Kentucky to play receiver. Smith also has the ability to play safety. The Wildcats will start him off on the offensive side of the ball.

O.J. Howard, tight end and Alabama commitment from Autauga Academy High School in Prattvillle, fits the criteria of a jumbo athlete. Howard is listed as a tight end, but also has the ability to play wide receiver with his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame.

Gerald Sterling, defensive end from Aliceville High School, emerged on the scene this spring. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect has played tight end and defensive end. He worked out at several camps this summer on the defensive side of the ball. Sterling might stay at end or grow into a tackle.

Korey Cunningham, tight end from Montevallo High School, stands 6-foot-6, 240-pounds. Cunningham spent the majority of his junior season playing offensive tackle. He attended a couple of camps and competed as a tight end. He could also develop into a defensive player.

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