Wilson Love followed his brother Tyler from Mountain Brook High School to Tuscaloosa to play for the Crimson Tide.
After signing with Alabama in 2010, Love delayed his enrollment until January 2011, becoming a greyshirt. He redshirted his first season on campus. He did not record any statistics in 2012.
Recruiting services ranked Love a three-star defensive lineman in 2010. As a senior, he recorded 94 tackles and 12 sacks for Mountain Brook.
Love needs to make a move up the defensive line depth chart his year, or he may not see much playing time because of the younger guys behind him.
The Alabama coaches have moved Anthony Orr from defensive line to linebacker, and back to defensive line in his three years on campus.
Orr made 64 tackles as a senior defensive lineman for Sparkman High School in Madison, Alabama.
He redshirted in 2010 and did not play in 2011 as he transitioned from defensive end to linebacker.
Going into the 2013 season, Orr is listed as a defensive lineman again. He has recorded no stats during his time at Alabama.
Fans’ expectations for Orr should be low. He can work hard and move his way into playing time late in games, but no sign has been given that he will make a major impact in 2013.
Dalvin Tomlinson surprised many when he committed to Alabama before national signing day in 2012. He was rated a top 25 defensive tackle by all the recruiting services. As a senior, Tomlinson made 109 tackles after making 75 as a junior at Henry County High School in McDonaugh, Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 287-pound defensive lineman suffered knee injury while playing soccer for Henry County last spring, causing him to redshirt in 2012 to recover.
Fans should expect to see plenty of Tomlinson in 2013 because of his speed. He can provide what Coach Nick Saban wants on the defensive line against the hurry-up-no-huddle offenses. In April he made two tackles, one of which was a sack, in Alabama’s A-Day game.
Alabama redshirt freshman offensive lineman Brandon Greene played football for Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia.
ESPNU ranked him as the number six offensive tackle in the nation and the number 30 player overall. 247Sports ranked him the number 17 offensive tackle and the number 141 overall player in the nation.
At 6-foot-5 and 307 pounds, Greene has the chance to move up the offensive line chart this season. He has the opportunity to get playing time late in games to get more playing time in 2014.