Two Alabama rising juniors were rated Top 25 prospects in ESPN’s first Top 300 rankings for the class of 2016.
ESPN is very high on Carver-Montgomery linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson and Hamilton running back Denzel Mitchell. Wilson, the consensus top in-state 2016 player, was ranked No. 12 in the country. By comparison, Scout ranked him No. 7 in the nation and 247Sports has him at No. 22. He is an explosive linebacker, who already has scholarship offers from Alabama and Auburn.
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ESPN ranked Mitchell the No. 3 running back and No. 21 overall prospect in the country. Mitchell recently arrived back at Hamilton after a two-year stint in Jonesboro, Ark. Read more about the 5-foot-10, 197-pound running back in a recent AL.com profile here.
Next up were Gordo linebacker Ben Davis and Central-Phenix City defensive back John Broussard, who were ranked No. 57 and No. 58, respectively. Davis and Broussard are also ranked Top 100 prospects by 247Sports and Scout.com. Davis, an Alabama legacy, already has an Alabama offer.
The rankings, in general, are pretty similar to the other 2016 rankings that have already been published. One major difference is that ESPN didn’t rank a single 2016 prospect as a five-star. The other big difference, from an Alabama perspective, is where ESPN ranked Madison Academy running back Malik Miller compared to the other services.
247Sports didn’t rank him in its Top 247. Scout.com ranked him at No. 258 in the country. ESPN, however, is much higher on Miller, ranking the two-way star at No. 158. Miller, who plays alongside Auburn commit Kerryon Johnson, is already the source of an Alabama-Auburn battle.
In total, nine Alabama recruits made ESPN’s initial Top 300 for the class of 2016. Other in-state prospects to make the list:
No. 63) Marlon Davidson, DL, Greenville
No. 180) Jeremiah Moon, LB, Hoover
No. 207) P.J. Blue, LB, Jemison
No. 230) Darius Whitfield, OL, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Check out the full ESPN 300 rankings here.