Trae Elston makes Elite 18


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Height: 6-0   Weight: 176   Hometown: Oxford, AL (Oxford HS)   Class: 2012
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Here is the Elite 18 list that is for the top 2012 class of players in the state of Alabama.

1. Jameis Winston Jameis Winston
Quarterback
6-4, 195
Hueytown, AL

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, QB, Hueytown (6-4, 200): One of the top quarterback prospects in the nation posted more than 3,000 yards of offense in 2010, was co-MVP at the Elite 11 camp in California. Alabama, Florida State and LSU are his final three.

2. Kwon Alexander Kwon Alexander
Linebacker
6-2, 210
Oxford, AL

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, LB, Oxford (6-2, 212): Playmaking linebacker racked up 144 tackles and 8 sacks with an amazing 44 tackles for losses. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon and USC are his top 10.

3. Chris Casher, DE, Davidson (6-4, 240): Also a standout tight end, he had 10½ sacks and 19 tackles for loss last year. May have to sit out senior year after transferring from Faith Academy. Committed to Florida State.

4. T.J. Yeldon T.J. Yeldon
Running Back
6-2, 205
Daphne, AL

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, RB, Daphne (6-2, 205): Versatile back ran for 1,110 yards and 18 TDs and had 506 yards receiving as a junior. Committed to Auburn.

5. Reggie Ragland, LB, Bob Jones (6-4, 245): Powerful HS basketball standout racked up 91 tackles in 2010, including 21 for losses. Committed to Alabama.

6. Justin Thomas, ATH, Prattville (5-11, 175): High school QB likely projected as WR or DB on college level. Committed to Alabama.

7. Tyler Hayes, LB, Thomasville (6-3, 215): Three-sport athlete who is also a standout running back. Has a lot of upside once he's able to concentrate on one position and one sport. Committed to Alabama.

8. Alphonse Taylor, OT, Davidson (6-6, 340): Converted defensive tackle has excellent feet for a player his size. Committed to Florida State.

9. Beniquez Brown, RB/LB, Florence (6-2, 210): Two-way standout rushed for 1,129 yards and made 134 tackles in 2010. Could also play safety. Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State are his top three.

10 Cassanova McKinzy Cassanova McKinzy
Linebacker
6'3, 230
Birmingham, AL

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, LB, Woodlawn (6-2, 224): Racked up 123 tackles, including 19 for losses, in 2010. Committed to Auburn.

11. Ryan Anderson, LB/DE, Daphne (6-3, 250): Made 81 tackles and 10 sacks as a DE last year. Will play MLB this year, and is expected to be a Jack LB in Tuscaloosa. Committed to Alabama.

12. Darren Lake, DT, Sumter Central (6-3, 330): Largely unknown two months ago, he's drawn comparisons to Marcell Dareus after dominant camp performances in Tuscaloosa and Knoxville. Committed to Alabama.

13. Darrion Hutcherson, TE/DL, Dadeville (6-6, 242): Big target earned multiple offers with camp and combine work this summer, could project as a DE. Committed to Auburn.

14. Javiere Mitchell, LB, Leeds (6-2, 205): Rising prospect plays nose guard, but projects as a linebacker with his 4.5 40 speed. Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State lead.

15. Darius Philon, DL, Vigor (6-2, 255): Active lineman racked up 93 tackles, including 20 for loss, as a junior. Committed to Auburn, but considering offers from Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky and South Florida.

16. Justin Shanks Justin Shanks
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 306
Prattville, AL

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, DT, Prattville (6-3, 306): Massive lineman benches 415 pounds, squats 585, had 50 tackles and 6 sacks in 2010. Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC are among a long list of offers.

17. Tyler Nero Tyler Nero
Defensive Tackle
6-2, 275
Atmore, AL

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, DT, Escambia County (6-2, 287): A raw talent whose father played at Arkansas, he had 67 tackles (19 for losses) and 7 sacks in 2010. Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas lead.

18. Trae Elston Trae Elston
Defensive Back
6-0, 176
Oxford, AL

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, DB, Oxford (5-11, 180): Had 104 tackles, 3 interceptions and 15 pass break-ups in 2010. Clemson leads Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Oregon.


Best of the rest: Jonathan Curry, TE, Central-Phenix City; Caleb Peterson, OL, Auburn; JaMichael Winston JaMichael Winston
Defensive End
6-5, 230
Prichard, AL

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, DE, Vigor; Kyron Samuels, C, Fairhope; Caleb Gulledge, OL, Prattville; Jonathan Wallace, QB, Central-Phenix City; Michael Flint Michael Flint
Offensive Line
6-4, 300
Oxford, AL

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, OL, Oxford; Harding Harper, LB, Carver-Montgomery; Kelton Brackett Kelton Brackett
Defensive Back
5-10, 174
Prichard, AL

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, DB, Blount; Chris Humes, DB, Spain Park; Derrick Moncrief, DB, Prattville; Calvin Perry, LB Bessemer Academy; Tyler Stargel, LB, Gulf Shores; Eric Lee, DE, Daphne; Troymaine Pope Troymaine Pope
Running Back
5-10, 188
Anniston, AL

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, RB, Anniston; Torey Agee, DE, Opelika; Marcus Turner, DB, McAdory; LaRonji Vason, CB, Prattville; Torren McGaster, CB, Daphne; Tre Banks, LB, Williamson; Blake Glaze, LB, Springwood; Alex Taylor, WR, West Limestone.

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