July 3, 2006

Recruiting Flashback: The Class of 2003

One would be hard pressed to find a football recruiting class that has dealt with three head coaches before even stepping on campus. But that was the case for the University of Alabama's 2003 haul, a collection of signees who, for the most part, were evaluated by Dennis Franchione's staff, signed by Mike Price and welcomed to UA by Mike Shula.

After being hired in May 2003, Shula inherited a class he knew virtually nothing about. With the exception of late signees Wallace Gilberry and Eric Johnson (both of whom received summer time offers from Shula), he was left with players who had been offered and signed by Franchione and Price, respectively.

Of the 20 players signed by the Tide that year, three never made it to UA, while two others who did were not around for the start of 2004 spring practice. Three more were gone less than two years into their Alabama careers.

Still, there were plenty of success stories, with Tyrone Prothro's ascent among college football's most exciting performers serving as the headliner.

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