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Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Class Comparison: Alabama vs. Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're still digesting the class of 2011 and what better way to look at it than through the lens of two rivals. Given all that's gone on in the state of Alabama the past few days, looking at Auburn and Alabama's recent classes were a natural start.

Alabama vs. Auburn
Quarterback
 

Kiehl Frazier vs. Phillip Ely. Frazier is MaxPreps' second ranked dual-threat quarterback and is a terrific blend of athleticism with a strong arm. Ely has seen his stock slip since his junior year and a disappointing performance at the Army All-American Bowl weekend backed that up. The departure of Cam Newton also means Frazier could be the starting quarterback sooner rather than later.

Running Back
 

Quan Bray and Tre Mason vs. Dee Hart. This was a narrow win for Auburn as Hart is one of the most electrifying backs in the class. Signing both Bray and Mason is a big coup for the Tigers, especially the slightly underrated Mason.

Wide Receiver
 

Danny Woodson, Bradley Sylve and Marvin Shinn vs. Jaylon Denson and Sammie Coates. Both schools bring in several big wide outs that should fit in well in their respective offenses. Shinn has all the tools to develop into a future star with his height and speed, while Sylve should be dynamite in the slot if he can stay healthy. Denson and Coates are two underrated pickups for Auburn.

Tight End
 

C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse vs. Malcolm Faciane. Auburn wins the battle at the tight end using quality and quantity. Faciane is coming off knee surgery but if he comes back to 100%, he should be a quality player given his size. Fulse is the big name and he should be a big threat in the passing game with his skills.

Offensive Line
 

Aaron Douglas, Ryan Kelly, Isaac Luatua and Cyrus Kouandjio vs. Reese Dismukes, Thomas O’Reilly, Greg Robinson and Christian Westerman. These are easily two of the top offensive line classes in the nation and the only reason Alabama gets the nod is the flip in commitment by Kouandjio. Westerman and Robinson are two players who might be in line for early playing time but the Tide brings in a true starter in former Freshman All-American Douglas and a potential first round left tackle in Kounadjio.

Defensive Line
 

Quinton Dial, Xzavier Dickson, Jeoffrey Pagan, D.J. Pettway, LaMichael Fanning and Jessee Williams vs. Keymiya Harrell, JaBrian Niles, Angelo Blackson and Gabe Wright. Another impressive defensive line class for Nick Saban. Grabbing the very large, to say the least, Williams should provide a big run-stuffer in the middle right away. Pagan could be a monster coming off the edge as well. Wright might have to fill the void of Nick Fairley… fairly quickly.

Linebacker
 

Brent Calloway, Trey DePriest and Vinnie Sunseri vs. Kris Frost, Justin Garrett, Chris Landrum and Devaunte Sigler. Grabbing DePriest out of Ohio was a notable get for the Crimson Tide and he should team with Calloway to play early on special teams before sliding into a starting role. Frost is the headliner for Auburn and he has everything you look for in a linebacker in college.

Secondary
 

Enrique Florence, Jonathan Rose, Anthony Swain, Robenson Therezie and Jermaine Whitehead vs. Hasean Clinton-Dix, Chris Jones and Jabriel Washington. Clinton-Dix is a terrific prospect but Auburn nabs two quality players in Florence and Therezie who might play early and often. Rose is big for a corner but could also be a very good safety.

Overall
 

Two national titles in the past two seasons has treated both programs well when it comes to recruiting the class of 2011. Auburn brings in a lot of skill position talent but the depth of Alabama’s class puts the Crimson Tide just ahead of their bitter rivals. Alabama’s nine MaxPreps Top 100 athletes gives them two more than anybody in the SEC and the top class in the nation.

 
 
 
 
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