3 West Alabama football prospects who could blow up on recruiting trail

Jerell Rushin
The Tuscaloosa News

A few West Alabama football prospects have made themselves more attractive recruits to college programs over the past few months.

With spring football in the books and camp season on the horizon, these recruits could have big summers ahead.

OL Bo Burkes, Bibb County

It started with two reps at an Ohio camp for the Bibb County senior. After  combine and position group drills, Burkes had two reps at the Under Amour All-America Camp Series and made the best of them.

The 3-star prospect saw a snowball effect, catching more steam at another camp in New Jersey against primarily higher-ranked Mid-Atlantic prospects.

Bibb County's Bo Burkes (56) waits on the sidelines to enter the game with ACA as the top two teams in 4A faced off in Centreville Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

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"About two and a half, three weeks later, I got a text from Mr. Adam Freeman from Rivals and he invited me to the Rivals Camp Series," Burkes said. "I had 12 reps and I did really good in all 12 of my reps. I felt very confident leaving there. Since then, I’ve gained a lot of interest. I’ve been invited to a Georgia camp, a Mississippi State camp and Middle Tennessee State camp."

Burkes, who traveled with Bibb County head coach Matt Geohagan, had one of longest treks to New Jersey.

"There were a bunch of 4-star, 5-star guys in that camp with a bunch of Division I offers," Geohagan said. "And every person they put up against Bo in the one-on-one drills, he physically whipped them. They could not get around him, they could not go through him and he physically imposed his will on every single guy they put in front of him."

He holds offers from Air Force and Austin Peay, but has summer camps appearances planned at Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State and has received interest from North Carolina.

His cousin Ben Jones, a veteran Tennessee Titans offensive lineman, graduated from Bibb County and played at Georgia. Geohagan has seen this type of ascension before and said Burkes will be a happy camper this summer.

“I’ve signed up for nine or 10 camps this summer and looking to go out there and compete and earn myself a scholarship to one of those big schools," Burkes said.

S/LB Collin Dunn, Hillcrest

Northridge wide receiver Christopher Allen (18) is tackled by Hillcrest defensive back Collin Dunn (25) at Northridge High School Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Dunn, a junior prospect from Hillcrest, has an offer from Maryland. He plays strong safety and outside linebacker and attended a Rivals camp in Atlanta during March that he has reaped benefits from.

He has earned SEC camp invites to Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State, among several others.

"A couple SEC school camps that I’m going to this summer," Dunn said. "Hopefully I get some big offers from them."

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OT Ananias Harris, Paul W. Bryant

He hasn't played a snap of varsity football, but he is catching the attention of college programs. Harris, a junior at Paul W. Bryant, has been invited to participate in The Show 2021, an All-America camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in June.

"It feels good. I’ve got a lot more work to do though," Harris said. "I’m getting the recognition that I need."

Harris first attended the NextGen All-America Camp and then a Rivals camp just outside of Atlanta in April. He has received feedback to work on his technique, quickness and strength, and understands what's needed to take the next step in his development.

"They like my size, but the main thing is don’t lean and don’t strike first, be patient and let them come to you and be physical," Harris said.

He'll be participating in camps at Auburn, UCF and Georgia State this summer. Vanderbilt also invited him to a camp. Paul W. Bryant played Briarwood Christian in its spring game

"I had a lot of things that I did good and a lot of things that I need to work on, but I feel like after this offseason I’ll be better, more technically (strong), stronger and better for the season coming up," Harris said.

Northridge linemen nab Group of 5 offers

Northridge senior Kenton Jerido is a two-way lineman with offers from several Group of 5 and FCS programs.

Troy, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Louisiana and most recently Georgia State are among the programs to extend offers. 

His teammate, junior Wilkin Formby announced May 22 tan offer from Texas State. Formby is a 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive lineman and has tight end in his bio.

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