Liner stays on top

Three in-state players were added to the latest Top247 rankings for the 2013 class by 247Sports. The rankings now include nine prospects from the state of Alabama headlined by an Auburn commitment.

Liner is the state's top prospect for 2013.

Defensive tackle Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals High continues to top the in-state list at No. 17 nationally. Liner committed to Auburn in June over offers from Alabama and Kentucky.

The state’s second-ranked prospect is tight end O.J. Howard from Autauga Academy in Prattville, who checks in at No. 53 nationally. Howard is committed to Alabama but attended an Auburn camp last summer and several Auburn games last fall.

The new additions to the Top247 from the state of Alabama are No. 126 wide receiver Jarren Johnson from Jackson High, No. 142 athlete ArDarius Stewart from Fultondale in Birmingham and No. 242 athlete Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen in Mobile.

Johnson led Jackson to the 4A state championship earning MVP honors with 305 total yards of offense in the title game. Stewart was the only junior recently named to the ASWA Super 12 all-state team after rushing for 2,188 yards and 30 touchdowns on 199 carries. He also threw for 1,419 yards and 20 touchdowns, and returned an interception and a kickoff for a touchdowns.

Smith is a dangerous quarterback, athlete and return specialist who threw two touchdowns passes and returned a kickoff 75 yards to upset then-No. 1 Daphne last fall.

The four other in-state prospects in the Top 247 are No. 120 offensive tackle Austin Golson from Prattville High, a Florida State commit, No. 198 quarterback Jeremy Johnson from Carver in Montgomery, No. 210 linebacker Cameron Toney from Huntsville High and No. 214 wide receiver Earnest Robinson from Pinson Valley HIgh.

In addition to Liner, Auburn’s two other 2013 commits are in the Top247 with linebacker Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Ga., at No. 114 and athlete Jayron Kearse from Cypress Lake in Ft. Myers, Fla., at No. 219.

The top two prospects in the Top247 remain defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson in Loganville, Ga., and linebacker Reuben Foster from Troup County in LaGrange. Both are 5-stars and rated as franchise prospects.

Johnson is a tackling machine.

A number of Auburn’s top out-of-state targets are rated in the Top100 including No. 9 defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow from Red Lion in Bear, Del., who is committed to USC, No. 15 offensive tackle Derwin Gray from Dunbar in Washington, D.C., No. 22 linebacker E.J. Levenberry from C.D. Hylton in Woodbridge, Va., No. 24 offensive tackle Jake Raulerson from Celina (Tex.) High, No. 25 defensive tackle Henry Poggi from Gilman in Baltimore, Md., No. 27 running back Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock (Ark.) West, No. 29 defensive tackle Isaac Rochell from Eagle’s Landing in McDonough, Ga., No. 80 running back Greg Bryant from American Heritage in Delray Beach, Fla., and No. 82 tight end Hunter Henry from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark.

Auburn targets rounding out the Top247 include No. 102 offensive tackle Aaron Cochran from Buhach Colony in Atwater, Calif., No. 140 defensive end Jason Hatcher from Trinity in Louisville, Ky., No. 146 tight end Christian Morgan from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Tex., No. 148 running back Wayne Gallman from Grayson in Loganville, Ga., No. 154 running back A.J. Turman from Boone in Orlando, Fla., No. 192 defensive tackle Jay Ellison from Harris County in Hamilton, Ga., No. 203 cornerback Nick Washington from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Fla., No. 207 wide receiver Shelton Gibson from Cleveland (Ohio) Heights, No. 217 offensive tackle D.J. Park from Dillon (S.C.) High, No. 231 cornerback Brian Walker from Mallard Creek in Charlotte, N.C., and No. 239 quarterback Cord Sandberg from Manatee in Bradenton, Fla.

THE TOP247 FOR 2013


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