Hoover’s Kerry Murphy is the state of Alabama’s top defensive lineman and holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Clemson and Louisville. Murphy recorded 77 tackles, 13 for loss and eight sacks during his junior season.
Alfred McCullough watched as several college coaches filed into Athens High School this week for spring evaluation. He holds one scholarship offer (Alabama), but expects that to change after this spring and his combine performance. McCullough was named All-Area and Defensive Player of the Year in Class 5A Region 8.
Buckhorn’s Justin Sanders holds scholarship offers from Louisville and Southern Miss, and several schools are close to extending an offer. Coaches from Alabama and Clemson have been in New Market, (Ala.) for spring evaluation this week.
Oak Mountain’s D.J. Looney is ready to prove himself at the combine. With tons of interest, he is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. Looney was named All-Shelby County First Team, All-Over the Mountain Team, Honorable Mention All-State and Honorable Mention Super All-Metro for his junior campaign.
Defensive lineman ready to make a bigger impact this weekend include: Brandon May (Davidson), Logan Hickman (Gulf Shores), Jhrron Spencer (Aliceville), Josh Thompson (Colbert County), Ashton Chaney (Satsuma), Briley Hale (Brookwood, Snellville, Ga.), Caleb McQueen (St. Stanislaus, Miss.), Matrez Boykin (Pike County), Jeremiah Zene (West End-Birmingham), Devon Hayes (Lineville), Laroy Fifer, (Charles Henderson), Le Darrius Trevo (Wenonah), Zach Swindall (Charles Henderson), D.J. Reese (Daphne), Kendall Dangerfield (Giles County, Tenn.), McKale Hughley (Lafayette), Karlos Jones (Athens) and Codi Taylor (Fairhope).