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Tide welcomes 8 new student-athletes to campus

The Crimson Tide Athletics Department says eight student-athletes have begun classes at the University and will be eligible to participate in spring practice with the football team in 2014.

The January enrollees include defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North), linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), defensive lineman D.J. Pettway (Pensacola, Fla./East Mississippi CC/Catholic), defensive lineman Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC/Goldsboro), offensive lineman Cameron "Cam" Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and wide receiver Cameron "Cam" Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish).

All eight of the Crimson Tide's January enrollees are at least four-star prospects with Robinson and Brown unanimous five-star prospects. Robinson is the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2014 signing class, the No. 2 player overall by Scout.com and No. 3 by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com. Brown is the nation's No. 1 cornerback by Scout.com and the No. 3 cornerback by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.

Cornwell is the ranked as the No. 4 pro-style passing quarterback by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com while Jones is rated as the No. 2 safety by ESPN.com and Sims is the No. 8 wide receiver by ESPN. Hamilton is ranked as the No. 6 inside linebacker by Rivals.com and ESPN. Pettway and Reed both inked with Alabama in December and are among the top 20 junior college player in the 2014 class by 247Sports.com.

2014 Alabama January Enrollees

NAME                                   POS         Class       HOMETOWN/PREVIOUS SCHOOL(S)              

Tony Brown                          DB           Fr.           Beaumont, Texas/Ozen

David Cornwell                     QB           Fr.           Norman, Okla./Norman North

Shaun Dion Hamilton            LB            Fr.           Montgomery, Ala./Carver

Laurence "Hootie" Jones      DB           Fr.           Monroe, La./Neville

D.J. Pettway                         DL           Jr.            Pensacola, Fla./East Mississippi CC/Catholic

Jarran Reed                          DL           Jr.            Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC/Goldsboro

Cameron "Cam" Robinson    OL           Fr.           West Monroe, La./West Monroe

Cameron "Cam" Sims           WR          Fr.           Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish

: University of Alabama Athletics Dept.

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