April 30, 2007

Jumbo linebacker lands Tide offer

The Alabama coaching staff has made no secret about their desire to super-size their defensive personnel. Athletes with defensive end-frames are finding themselves homes at linebacker in the Tide's new 3-4 scheme.

A prototype for this new-look linebacker is Gainesville (Ga.) High School defender Keith Wells who stands at a healthy 6-foot-5, 225 pounds.

This week, Wells got a visit from Tide assistant Burton Burns to his high school, and soon after watching the giant in practice, Wells received a verbal scholarship offer from Alabama.

"Coach Burns texted me and asked me to call him not long after he left practice," said Wells, who had 50 tackles and 12 sacks in 2006.

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