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Birmingham News Metro Super Seniors bring to mind stars of old

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 9:40 AM     Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 9:44 AM
Bernard Troncale — The Birmingham News Hewitt-Trussville Super Senior John Youngblood Mon., Aug 1, 2011 in Trussville, Ala. (The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale). Metro Super Seniors 2011 gallery (12 photos)

Take a look at the 12 top high school senior performers from The Birmingham News metro area. These Super Seniors will make their presence known on high school football field across the state and bring to mind superstars of years past. Birmingham News photographer Bernard Troncale captured them in throwback poses for this special feature in our Prep Football 2011 Preview in today’s Birmingham News.
Jeremy Boyd
Hoover Buccaneers
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/ weight: 6-4/251
His college attention: Boyd had offers or strong interest from Central Arkansas, The Citadel, Jacksonville State, Troy, UAB, VMI and Wake Forest this summer.
Throwback player he brings to mind: The athletic and lean big interior tackle that makes plays should remind veteran fans of Alabama great Bob Baumhower and Auburn’s splendid Tracy Rocker shooting into the backfield from the defensive tackle spot. He plays with the intensity that those guys did.

Ben Tamburello
Spain Park Jaguars
Position: Center
Height/ weight: 6-2/285
His college attention: He’s got Ivy League smarts, but he’s had offers this summer from Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, Western Kentucky and UAB.
Throwback player he brings to mind: This is his first year at center, but we can’t help but notice several similarities with former Auburn all-time great Ben Tamburello. Ben, his father, went on to an NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and was a 2010 inductee into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Jalen Gresham
Minor Tigers
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/ weight: 6-5/305
His college attention: He’s got four good college offers from Memphis, Memphis, Ole Miss and UAB.
Throwback player he brings to mind: He’s another big body with good feet that brings to mind a guy such as Victor Riley in the mid-’90s at Auburn. Coach Randy Cook said Gresham reminds him of former Georgia great “Moonpie” Wilson because of his tenacity and the fact he’s pretty good at both run blocking and protecting the passer.

Javiere Mitchell
Leeds Green Wave
Position: Defensive line and linebacker
Height/ weight: 6-2/215
His college attention: The elite SEC prospect has said he will decide between Alabama and Auburn in October.
Throwback player he brings to mind: Mitchell is so fast. Auburn cornerback Jonathan Rose has told The News that Mitchell’s faster than he is. He’s a defensive front mainstay with elite cornerback speed. With those sort of wheels, the potential he brings to mind has to be a offensive disrupter in the mold Derrick Thomas was at Alabama.

Chris Humes
Spain Park Jaguars
Position: Defensive back
Height/ weight: 6-0/195
His college attention: Humes picked up an offer from Alabama over the summer to add to a stack that includes Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Alabama and UAB.
Throwback player he brings to mind: He’s big and projects as a college corner or safety. He’s big because he lifted weights with the linebackers at Spain Park last season. That sounds like the player on the field that Sam Shade was at Wenonah before heading to Tuscaloosa.

Paul Davis
Mountain Brook Spartans
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/ weight: 6-6/280
His college attention: He’s grabbed the attention of the SEC with an offer from Kentucky and serious interest from South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He hurt a knee last season, so the attention will increase after a few good games where he shows what he can still do.
Throwback player he brings to mind: Davis has such tremendous feet that he brings to mind a former in-state SEC great such as Wayne Gandy of Auburn. Gandy was equally effective at run and pass blocking. He didn’t give up a single sack during the 1993 season. That’s the kind of impact Davis should have this fall. Former Homewood star Chris Gray is another example. He went on to play at Auburn and then in Seattle for more than a decade.

Marcus Turner
McAdory Yellow Jackets
Position: Cornerback/safety
Height/ weight: 6-0/200
His college attention: His best offer right now is from Mississippi State, but he’s also gotten them from Arkansas State, Louisville, South Alabama and Southern Miss.
Throwback player he brings to mind: When’s he on, he’s got the potential to remind fans of Auburn’s Brian Robinson and Chris Shelling or Alabama’s Antonio Langham and George Teague.

Jaboo Winston
Hueytown Golden Gophers
Position: Quarterback
Height/ weight: 6-4, 208
His college choice: He’s committed to Florida State.
Throwback player he brings to mind: There’s the easy parallel to Bo Jackson’s two-sport dominance in the west because he plays baseball. But the natural quarterback connection is a Randall Cunningham or a Charlie Ward on stilts. His overall impact on the guy conjures up a parallel with this quote from Bear Bryant about Auburn’s Pat Sullivan: “He does more things to beat you than any quarterback I’ve ever seen.”

Cassanova McKinzy
Woodlawn Colonels
Position: Linebacker
Height/ weight: 6-2/228
His college choice: He’s committed to play middle linebacker at Auburn.
Throwback player he brings to mind: He’s the sort of talent that brings to mind a couple of Auburn greats, Karlos Dansby and Takeo Spikes. He’s not as big, but he’s got a dab of Cornelius Bennett in his game, too.

John Youngblood
Hewitt-Trussville Huskies
Position: Linebacker
Height/ weight: 6-5-230
His college attention: Youngblood had offers this summer from Arkansas State, Memphis and UAB.
Throwback player he brings to mind: We’ll go back to John Madden’s Oakland Raider coaching days by conjuring up the abilities of Ted “The Mad Stork” Hendricks. Ted Hendricks combined an all­out aggressive style blended with athletic ability and an high football IQ. Youngblood’s one of those players who looks like Tarzan and then plays like the “King of the Jungle” too. He moves so well and is such a good athlete that UAB wonders if he might be their next great tight end.

Chris Rabb
Hueytown Golden Gophers
Position: Defensive line and linebacker
Height/ weight: 6-foot/215
His college attention: UCLA has started to draw a bead on him. He’s gotten no offers, but several schools are trying to figure out if a kid that makes almost every play in high school ball can do the same things at linebacker on Saturdays.
Throwback player he brings to mind: With the way he hunts down the ball and is always in the backfield, his on-field production rivals the impact made by E.J.Junior and Woodrow Lowe.

Beau Hankins
Jackson-Olin Mustangs
Position: Linebacker
Height/ weight: 6-2/225
His college attention: He’s gotten solid college offers from Arkansas State, Furman, Memphis, Purdue, South Alabama, Southern Miss and UAB.
Throwback player he brings to mind: It has to be Lee Roy Jordan, Woodrow Lowe and Takeo Spikes for his aggression, instincts and his passion. The biggest reason, though, would be his leadership skills. The public stance he took over the summer trying to get Terence Amos rehired as the coach is the way every school system hopes their players should feel about their coach.