Friday, February 6, 2009

27 Days, 27 Players: The Tide Times Breaks Down the #1 Recruiting Class via

By Dan Harralson

Day 2: QB A.J. McCarron is a four-star pro-style QB out of Mobile's St. Paul's. A.J. committed to the Tide on May 3, 2008. He listened to other offers throughout his senior season, but only took one other official visit other than visiting Tuscaloosa. Oklahoma, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia all showed interest but did not send an official recruiting trip out for A.J. Auburn (recruited by James Willis) and Florida State (recruited by Head Coach In-Waiting Jimbo Fisher) showed heavy interest. Mike Markuson of Ole Miss visited McCarron's, but did not attend an official visit to Oxford. On January 16th, A.J. officially visited The Capstone followed up by his only other campus visit to Miami. On January 30th, McCarron's visited Miami, FL but always had Alabama at the top of his list. McCarron's is a three-year high school starter compiling unbelievable stats. As a Sophomore he nearly eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark as a first year starter. A.J. passed for 1,974 yards, along with 25 TD's, and only 4 INT's. In 2007, A.J. passed for 2,532 yards, 26 TD's, and only 3 INT's giving him his best statistical year at St. Paul's. His Senior season finished with 1,750 yards, 16 TD's, and 2 INT giving A.J. McCarron's a prized named in the state of Alabama. He is the most talked about in state QB since Brodie Croyle signed with the Tide in 2001. He will most likely redshirt the 2009 season and quickly move into the starting QB discussion entering the 2010 season behind then Sophomore QB Star Jackson. Coach Nick Saban has recruited well, as we all know since his time in Tuscaloosa, giving the QB position well filled with the right talent for years to come. If all works out A.J. McCarron's can well be the next Matt Mauck for Coach Saban, a QB who can lead and mange a team to championship status.

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