Ten Best Alabama Players 1. WR Julio Jones, Soph. 2. DT Terrence Cody, Sr. 3. LB Rolando McClain, Jr. 4. LB Dont'a Hightower, Sr. 5. CB/PR Javier Arenas, Sr. 6. RB Mark Ingram, Soph. 7. RB Trent Richardson, Fr. 8. CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Fr. 9. S Kareem Jackson, Jr. 10. CB Kareem Jackson, Jr.Scout.com: NEW ... 2009 CFN Alabama Preview. It's recruiting gone amok. I normally think Pete Fiutak is an outstanding and insightful writer about football, but this is insane and points to how people get so hung up on star ratings and recruiting profiles. To suggest, months before the season starts, and before some of these players have even reported to school that TWO incoming freshmen are among the 8 best players on a team considered by many to be pre-season top 10 is beyond my capacity to understand. In lesser mistakes, Dont'a Hightower is a sophomore rather than a senior and Kareem Jackson is listed twice.