Alabama Defensive Class of '05 - Part 2

Zach Schreiber

The Tide defensive signees, Baron Huber, Zach Schreiber, Antonio Forbes, Brandon Deaderick, and Bobby Greenwood talk about their enrollment plans, what position they are projected to play, and their expectations once they arrive on campus. Part 2 of a 2 part series.

Baron Huber, from Powell High School, outside of Knoxville, was the first defensive high school player to commit to the Crimson Tide for the class of 2005. Huber was not highly recruited after his junior campaign, but the Alabama coaches saw him in summer camp, and an offer was extended immediately.

The A-Day game drew the majority of the new signees to campus, and Huber was one who made the drive to T-Town.

"John Parker (Wilson) looked really good. The defense, of course, looked great. It was very exciting to be down there, and to know I am about to be a part of it," said Huber.

Huber is uncertain what the future holds for him, but he does know he is going to Alabama to play football.

"They have not really talked to me yet about what my role will be. As far as position wise, they want me to play in the middle. I really want to play next year. I hope I can get in, and play some special teams."

Huber is working-out, and preparing for his summer arrival on campus.

"I am going to be in Tuscaloosa for the second summer session. I will probably move down there July 5. Right now, I am at 6-4, 232 lbs. I am working-out four times a week with a personal trainer. I hope to stay under 235 lbs. I am fully qualified, and ready to get down there. I scored a 20 on the ACT, and I have a 3.3 GPA," said Huber.

One of the south's top tight ends for the Class of 2006, is Lee Smith from Powell High School. Smith is a Tennessee commit, but Huber believes the Tide has an opportunity to turn his head.

"Lee (Smith) is about 6-6, 240 lbs. I am good friends with him. He has already committed to Tennessee, but he is going to visit Alabama, and camp there this summer, I believe."

The Tide landed a super sleeper prospect when Zach Schreiber, from Evangel Christian in Shreveport, Louisiana, made a commitment. Schrieber was named Defensive Player of the Year, after he broke the state sack record (26), and helped his team win the state championship over West Monroe. Schreiber's father played for the Texas Longhorns.

Alabama and Ole Miss had a battle for Schreiber's signature, but after his official visit Iron Bowl weekend, the Tide reigned supreme. Schreiber made a commitment to Alabama a week after his official visit, but did not go public with his decision until Evangel was playing in the Louisiana state championship.

Schreiber was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's A-Day game, and he was not the only Evangel Christian player in attendance.

"I really enjoyed it. They looked pretty good on offense. The defense was very impressive. Doug Stroud ('06) and Jon Bell ('06) were with me. They both had a good time. I have talked to Coach Harbison about them, and he said they are going to strongly look at both of them. Hopefully, they will both get offered. I think Alabama and Evangel are going to get something really going every year from now on," said Schreiber.

The majority of high school seniors graduate in May, but Schreiber was on the fast track.

"I was able to graduate high school back in December. I am now living in Atlanta with my dad. I am working at one of the malls, and I am working-out every day."

Schreiber is not your typical SEC defensive end, but he was phenomenal at that position in high school. The Alabama coaches do not see why they should change anything.

"They want me to start out at rush end. It's the position Freddie Roach started out at last year. I was not able to really talk to the coaches during A-Day. I am wanting to come in, and get on the field as soon as possible. I was measured when I took my physical at A-Day. I am 6-1.5, 226 lbs. I would like to get between 230-235 lbs. before this summer. I plan to enroll the second summer session," said Schreiber.

January 7-9, was the weekend the Alabama coaching staff had circled on their calendar for a while. It was Alabama's biggest recruiting weekend, with several of the Tide's top targets in Tuscaloosa. Six of Alabama's last nine commitments came from that recruiting weekend. The first defensive lineman to commit, after the visit, was Antonio Forbes, from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Georgia.

Forbes was not highly recruited in the early process due to grades, but when production in the classroom improved, schools across the southeast began to flock to Meadowcreek High School. It was not easy getting noticed on a winless team. After his official visit to Tuscaloosa, Forbes made a commitment. Several schools made a hard push for his signature, and there was speculation Forbes was planning to switch his commitment, but he stayed true to his word, and signed with the Tide on national signing day.

After recording 136 tackles with 13 sacks, Forbes was named the Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year. Forbes attended the A-Day game, and believes he will play a role in the Tide's defense in 2005.

"It was really exciting for me to be there. The defense looked great. I hope to be playing a lot next year, if I don't start. I would not mind going in and backing people up. I just want to get on the field. I have been working-out everyday. I am currently 6-4.5, 270 lbs. The best part about A-Day, all the fans already knew who I was. I was signing autographs all day," said Forbes.

Like several of the signees, Forbes was known to be on the bubble to qualify academically. He wants the doubts to disappear.

"My grades are really good. All I have to do is graduate high school. I am fully qualified. I scored an 820 on my SAT, and I have a 3.0 GPA. I plan to enroll the week after the fourth of July."

Forbes knows his position, and has started thinking about the number he would like to wear.

"The coaches have said I will start out at defensive end. I told # 99 (Jeremy Clark) that I wanted his number. He told me to come and get it. If I can't get that number, then I would like to wear # 88. That was the number of my high school coach, George Pugh, when he played at Alabama," said Forbes.

The Alabama fans were very happy when the Tide coaching staff received a commitment from four star defensive lineman, Brandon Deaderick from Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky. It was projected Deaderick would stay in-state, and sign with the Wildcats or the Louisville Cardinals. When the day to decide drew near, the decision came down to two schools in Alabama, not Kentucky. "Roll Tide," were the first two words Deaderick said when he called about his decision.

The School of Communications at the University Alabama played a big role in Deaderick's decision. He plans to major in broadcasting, and Alabama has one of the best broadcasting schools in the country. After Deaderick's father spoke with an Alabama advisor, the decision became a lot easier.

Deaderick is very charismatic, and he was full of energy when he was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's spring game. He hopes to play a roll in the Tide's defense in 2005.

"I thought it went really good. The defense is going to be really good. I mean, they have a lot of starters returning on defense. The offense is starting to really click, and I like to see that.
I am going to do whatever I can to help the team out this year," said Deaderick.

After recording 71 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery during his senior season, Deaderick knows what he is bringing to the Alabama defense.

"I am going to bring sacks, and big plays when they need to be made. I am going to bring a lot of speed, and constantly have my hands in the quarterback's face. He is going to have to get a restraining order on me because I am always going to be in his face. The coaches have said they want me to come in and play defensive end."

As Deaderick prepares for graduation, he is also preparing to become a part of the Alabama football team.

"I am working-out all the time. I strained my pectoral, so I have been doing a lot of reps without a lot of weight. Currently, I am 6-4.5, 260 lbs. Graduation is May 20. I will be in Tuscaloosa July 10. I would like to get # 52. I wouldn't mind getting number one, but I think it will be a longshot," said Deaderick.

Deaderick has a score of 20 on the ACT, and maintaining a 2.6 GPA.

The final defensive commitment for the class of 2005, came when Bobby Greenwood, from Prattville High School, committed to the Tide the day before national signing day. The 6-6, 235 lb. defensive end did not give one school an edge. It was a three team race to the
finish line between Alabama, Auburn, and Florida State.

Greenwood was named the 6A Lineman of the Year. He helped lead the Prattville Lions to the 6A state championship game, and recorded 120 tackles with 19 sacks for the season.

The Tide's Prattville signee was in Tuscaloosa for A-Day.

"I had a blast. I saw a lot of good things. It was a lot of fun," said Greenwood. "The coaches have said I will play defensive end. I am going to keep working hard, and if I get a chance to come in and play early, then I will take it."

As he prepares for graduation, Greenwood is looking forward to his arrival on the Alabama campus.

"I am moving July 12. I will begin to take classes, and start working-out with the team."

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