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Monday, January 11, 2010
Alabama welcomes early reinforcements

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Fresh off its first national championship in 17 years, Alabama is expected to welcome more than 10 new players to campus on Monday.

That's right, essentially half of a signing class will settle in and be able to go through offseason workouts and spring practice.

Among those scheduled to enroll for this semester are six high school players. Included in that group are quarterback Phillip Sims of Chesapeake, Va., who's rated by ESPN's Scouts Inc. as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country, and cornerback DeMarcus Milliner of Millbrook Ala., who's the top-rated prospect in the state of Alabama and the No. 2 cornerback prospect in the country.

Cornerback John Fulton of Manning, S.C., and offensive lineman Chad Lindsay of The Woodlands, Texas, are two other ESPNU 150 prospects expected to be on campus Monday.

The Crimson Tide are also adding 245-pound fullback Jalston Fowler of Prichard, Ala. Fowler didn't play high school football this season because he was too old under Alabama High School Athletic Association rules.

In addition, defensive lineman Brandon Lewis of East Mississippi Community College will enroll after initially signing with Alabama in 2008, but failing to qualify academically.

The Crimson Tide also "grayshirted" three players from the 2009 class, meaning they delayed their enrollment until now.