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            === Alabama strengthens top-ranked recruiting class ===
 ( -  Alabama received  national letters of intent  from two
 other five-star  prospects during  National Signing Day to bolster an already
 loaded recruiting class ranked as this year's best in the nation.
 Linebacker  Rashaan  Evans and  athlete  Bo  Scarbrough each  announced  their
 decision  to  join the Crimson  Tide program  during press conferences held at
 their respective high schools on Wednesday. Evans, an Auburn native, was rated
 as the No. 1 linebacker and 14th overall prospect by Scarbrough, a
 6-foot-2,  234-pounder  who hails from  the Tuscaloosa  area, is listed No. 16
 overall by Rivals.
 The  two  add to an  impressive Alabama crop  that had already received verbal
 commitments from Woodbridge (VA) defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, the nation's No.
 1  overall prospect,  as  well  as five-star  in-state  defensive back  Marlon
 It's  the  sixth time in  seven years that the  Crimson Tide have captured top
 honors on National Signing Day.
 Adoree  Jackson,  the highest-ranked member  of the  2014 class yet to commit,
 announced  Wednesday that  he will attend USC  as part of new head coach Steve
 Sarkisian's  first recruiting  group. The  Gardena (CA)  athlete, rated  sixth
 overall by Rivals, chose the Trojans over UCLA, LSU and Florida.
 Though  LSU missed out on Jackson, the Tigers did land five-star wide receiver
 Malachi  Dupre  to strengthen  a class  that trails  only Alabama's in Rivals'
 national  standings.  The  Louisiana  product joins  a  contingent  that  also
 contains   this  year's  top-ranked  running  back  in  New  Orleans'  Leonard
 Defending BCS champion Florida State, meanwhile, landed a blue-chip wideout of
 its  own  on Wednesday  in Homestead  (FL) standout  Ermon Lane. The five-star
 prospect is part of a class listed fourth in Rivals' rankings, behind Alabama,
 LSU and Ohio State.
 Tennessee  came  in fifth, with Texas  A&M, Florida, Auburn, Georgia and Notre
 Dame rounding out the top 10.
 Texas A&M's haul includes the nation's No. 1 rated quarterback, Kyle Allen out
 of  Scottsdale,  AZ, as well as  Rivals' No. 2 overall prospect in Dallas-area
 defensive end Myles Garrett.
 02/05 16:54:36 ET

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