Who’s No. 1? See Bama’s best 25 HS players of the last 25 years
25. Tim Castille, RB/WR/KR, Briarwood Christian
At Briarwood Christian, Castille was a first-team All-State receiver as an eighth-grader, freshman and sophomore before taking on more ball carrying duties and earning All-State nods as an athlete (junior) and running back (senior). Yep, that makes him the rare five-time All-State player. He ranks third in AHSAA history in both receptions (243, 41 of which went for touchdowns) and receiving yards (4,122). Castille was a member of the Super 12 in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Castille’s brother, Simeon, made AL.com’s list of the top 25 defensive backs in the past 25 years. Castille went to Alabama and was used mostly as a short-yardage back and he then spent four seasons in the NFL as a fullback.
Phillip Barr | AL.com file
24. Rolando McClain, LB, Decatur
McClain has suffered more than his share of legal problems despite being selected No. 8 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. But before his off-the-field problems, McClain was a prep star at Decatur. As a senior, he posted 106 tackles and was a Parade All-American. He was also a standout basketball player.
And at Alabama, he earned the 2009 Butkus Award as a member of Alabama’s BCS national championship team.
Hal Yeager | AL.com file
23. Jameis Winston, QB, Hueytown
Winston was named Gatorade state player of the year and a Parade All-American after his senior season at Hueytown in 2011 in which he threw for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns, and ran for 1,063 yards and 15 scores. He is the only Alabama quarterback to have been selected for the Under-Armour All-America Game. Winston is fourth all-time in career total offense (9,853), sixth in completion percentage (59.5) and tied for 10th in touchdowns accounted for (103). Winston won the Heisman Trophy during a controversy-laden career at Florida State and is currently the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
John David Mercer | AL.com file
22. Brodie Croyle, QB, Westbrook Christian
If not for bad luck, Croyle may hold multiple career passing records. Despite suffering a season-ending ACL tear in the first game of his senior year at Westbrook Christian in 2000, Croyle ranks second all-time in touchdown passes (105), fourth in yards (9,321) and 11th in completions (527). His 3,787 passing yards in 1998 is the fourth-highest single-season total in state history, and his 44 touchdowns that year are tied for the fourth-highest. Croyle set the state record for passing yards in a game that season with 528, a mark that stood until 2005. He signed with Alabama and later played in the NFL.
Phillip Holman | AL.com file
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Published at Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:10:00 +0000