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Alabama’s linebacker core receives high praise from one of its 2016 signees

Alabama 2016 signee Lyndell Wilson (No. 3) at Carver High School: Photo via Wilson's Twitter account

Five-star outside linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson has yet to shy away from his excitement to play at Alabama in the fall. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound specimen and Carver High School alumnus will be on a roster with names like Reuben Foster, Tim Williams, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Ryan Anderson and Rashaan Evans—a group he has shown much respect for on Twitter this week.

While Foster looks to captain the position group, Williams, Anderson and Evans will look to build off their sack numbers from 2015. Hamilton and Keith Holcombe seek expanded roles as both continue to grow. Alabama’s produced heavyweights at linebacker since Lee Roy Jordan arrived in 1959.

After him, the program was graced by E.J. Junior and then the trio of Derrick Thomas, Cornelius Bennett and Keith McCants under coaches Walter “Ray” Perkins and William “Bill” Curry.

Since then, the Crimson Tide has witnessed DeMeco Ryans, Rolando McClain, Donta Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, C.J. Mosley and more notably, Reggie Ragland come through the Capstone.

Wilson may not play much in 2016 (shoulder), but in due time he will be the next big star.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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