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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced that 18 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining seven players who enrolled at the Capstone in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester.

The 25 total players, including seven mid-year enrollees, come from 13 states – Alabama (7), Georgia (3), Florida (2), Louisiana (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Arkansas (1), California (1), Maryland (1), Pennsylvania (1), New Jersey (1), Utah (1) and Virginia (1).

As of 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Alabama's 2013 signing class ranked first nationally by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals.com and MaxPreps.

As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to their roster four running backs, three defensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, two athletes, one tight end, one long snapper and one defensive lineman/linebacker.

Seven players – Cooper Bateman (QB), Leon Brown (OL), Raheem Falkins (WR), Derrick Henry (RB), Brandon Hill (OL), O.J. Howard (TE) and Parker McLeod (QB) – are already attending classes at the University. They all enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2013 semester and will be able to participate in Alabama's spring football practices.

The other 18 players signed national letters of intent today. The Crimson Tide had eight players in enroll in the spring of 2012, nine in 2011, 11 in 2010 and four in 2009.

Among the 25 players signed are:

6 Five-Star Prospects (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN & Scout):

Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Robert Foster, Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard, A'Shawn Robinson

14 Four-Star Prospects (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN & Scout):

Anthony Averett, Cooper Bateman, Leon Brown, Jonathan Cook, Raheem Falkins, Grant Hill, Eddie Jackson, Tyren Jones, Dee Liner, Darius Paige, Maurice Smith, ArDarius Stewart, Altee Tenpenny, Tim Williams, 

9 participants in the Under Armour All-America Game

Cooper Bateman, O.J. Howard, Robert Foster, Reuben Foster, Grant Hill, Alvin Kamara, Dee Liner, Maurice Smith, Tim Williams

5 participants in U.S. Army All-America Bowl game

Jonathan Allen, Derrick Henry, Tyren Jones, A'Shawn Robinson, Altee Tenpenny,

3 members of the Parade Magazine prep All-America team

Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Derrick Henry

8 members of the USA Today's 2011 All-USA High School Football Team

First-Team:  Reuben Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, Dee Liner

Second-Team:  Jonathan Allen, A'Shawn Robinson, Tim Williams

14 players in the ESPNU150

Jonathan Allen, Cooper Bateman, Robert Foster, Reuben Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, O.J. Howard, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Dee Liner, A'Shawn Robinson, Maurice Smith, Altee Tenpenny, Tim Williams

13 players on the PrepStar 150 Dream Team

Jonathan Allen, Robert Foster, Reuben Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, O.J. Howard, Tyren Jones, Dee Liner, A'Shawn Robinson, Maurice Smith, ArDarius Stewart, Altee Tenpenny, Tim Williams

11 players named to the Rivals.com 100

Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, O.J. Howard, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Dee Liner, Darius Paige, A'Shawn Robinson, ArDarius Stewart, Altee Tenpenny

16 players in the Rivals 250

Jonathan Allen, Cooper Bateman, Reuben Foster, Robert Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, O.J. Howard, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Dee Liner, Darius Paige, A'Shawn Robinson, Maurice Smith, ArDarius Stewart, Altee Tenpenny, Tim Williams

18 players in the 247sports.com Top 247

Jonathan Allen, Anthony Averett, Cooper Bateman, Jonathan Cook, Reuben Foster, Robert Foster, Derrick Henry, Grant Hill, O.J. Howard, Eddie Jackson, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Dee Liner, Darius Paige, A'Shawn Robinson, Maurice Smith, ArDarius Stewart, Tim Williams.

Source:  www.rolltide.com

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