September 3, 2009

Fowler keeping busy in '09

Jalston Fowler finished his high school football career with a bang, leading Vigor to a dominating win in the state championship game to cap off a season in which he rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 touchdowns. But while Fowler's age leaves him ineligible for another year of football, he still has one year of high school to go before he can graduate and move on to the University of Alabama, where he plans to sign next February.

"I can't wait to get to Alabama. I'm actually going down to visit for the Florida International game next week. There's something great happening in Tuscaloosa right now and I am ready to get down there and be a part of it," said Fowler, who currently stands at 6-foot and 237 pounds. "They want me at running back to start out but they have told me they plan on sliding me over to slot receiver in certain situations. I've done that at Vigor a lot too so it's something I'm comfortable with."

Staying in shape will be an extra challenge for Fowler this fall as he won't have the daily grind of football practice to keep him fit, but the four star prospect isn't planning to take afternoons off this fall.

"I've just been working out, focusing on school and running a lot to keep in shape. Whenever my high school team is practicing, I'm out there running," Fowler said. "At certain parts of practice, they ask me to step in and help out a little with the younger guys. If I wasn't out there helping, I think I would feel a little lost."

Watching from the sidelines while his team attempts to defend its state title won't be easy for Fowler, but the state's No. 11 overall prospect is doing what he can to remain an integral part of the team.

"It's hard because I almost feel like I don't have a team right now. I'm not really on Vigor's team anymore but I'm not really a part of Alabama's team yet. It helps me a lot to be able to stand on the sidelines during the games and keep the guys hyped up. It's hard to stand off to the side and watch but I want to help my team and right now, the best way I can help them is to get in their faces and fire them up."

Fowler said he has already formed relationships with some of his fellow Alabama commits for the 2010 class and believes that while the group isn't garnering the national acclaim of some of the Tide's earlier recruiting classes, the depth and talent of Alabama's 2010 class could be among the best in school history.

"I've met Blake Sims and Ronald Carswell from Georgia and I talk to Demarcus Milliner a good bit. This is going to be a good group. We might not have as much hype around us as the last couple of classes but these guys are all talented and they all like to work hard. I think we're going to win a lot of games together at Alabama."

While Fowler is designated as the nation's No. 2 fullback prospect by Rivals.com, he sees himself as a large and physical tailback with the ability to power through defenders.

"I would say the guy I'm most like is Michael Turner. I've got speed but where I get my yards is by breaking tackles and running guys over. I'm a physical runner and if you watch what Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram did last year, I think that style works really well with Alabama's offense. Hopefully I'll be able to come in and contribute early but I know I'll have to really work to earn my carries."

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