National Signing Day Primer - Alabama Poised to Bring in Another Top Ranked Recruiting Class

Nick Saban is in position to bring in another stellar recruiting class. - Ronald Martinez

With National Signing Day quickly approaching, Roll Bama Roll takes an inventory of Alabama's current commitments.

Alright, folks. National Signing Day (NSD) is just a week away. In anticipation of February 6th, we will be having daily posts dedicated to catching everyone up on the recruiting process (or as it's come to be known to Bama - the reloading process). The schedule will go as follows:


Today - Inventory of the Crimson Tide's current commit list (below)
Thursday - A Closer Look at Alabama's Commits - Part I : Offensive Recruits
Friday - A Closer Look at Alabama's Commits - Part II : Defensive Recruits

Monday - An overview of which recruits we're still pursuing and predictions for NSD
Tuesday - A recap and evaluation of the 2008 recruiting class
Wednesday - Full coverage of NSD. Updates as letters of intent (LOI) come in.

If you haven't checked it out, Bud Elliot has a good, national perspective overview of NSD here.

Alabama currently has a 22 commitment recruiting class that ranks #3 on Rivals, #2 on ESPN, and #1 on 247 Sports. Let's take a look at the list of recruits currently committed to Bama. Recruits marked with an (*) are early enrollees. While they haven't yet signed a LOI, they are about as secure a lock as possible, as they would be forced to sit out a year if they were to back out and transfer now.

As you may have heard, Eddie Jackson committed to Bama this morning. While he is listed at ATH or WR by the major recruiting services, he is expected to land at CB at Bama and will be included with the defensive recruits on Friday.

Recruit Position Hometown Height Weight
Jonathan Allen DE Ashburn, VA 6'3" 255 lbs
Rivals: 5 Stars Position rank: 2 National rank: 11
ESPN: 4 Stars #3 DE
247 Sports: 5 Stars Position rank: 2 National rank: 11
Anthony Averett ATH/S Woodbury, NJ 6'1" 175 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: NA National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #22 ATH
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 14 National rank: 115
Cooper Bateman* QB Salt Lake City, UT 6'3" 190 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 11 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #3 QB
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 5 National rank: 87
Bradley Bozeman OL Roanoke, AL 6'5" 310 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 26 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #18 OG
247 Sports: 3 Stars Position rank: 43 National rank: NA
Leon Brown* OL Brooklyn, NY 6'6" 315 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: NA National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars OT (JUCO)
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 4 National rank: 26
Jonathan Cook DB Spanish Fort, AL 6'0" 185 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: 37 National rank: NA
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 13 National rank: 145
Raheem Falkins* WR New Orleans, LA 6'4" 192 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 39 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #41 WR
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 41 National rank: NA
Robert Foster WR Monaca, PA 6'3" 180 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 4 National rank: 46
ESPN: 4 Stars #2 WR
247 Sports: 5 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: 18
Derrick Henry* RB Yulee, FL 6'3" 243 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 5 National rank: 36
ESPN: 5 Stars #1 ATH
247 Sports: 5 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: 12
Brandon Hill* OL Hargrave Military 6'6" 350-390 lbs (big)
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: NA National rank: NA
ESPN: 3 Stars OT (POST)
247 Sports: 3 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: 14
Grant Hill OL Huntsville, AL 6'6" 315 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 5 National rank: 77
ESPN: 4 Stars #1 OG
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 2 National rank: 54
O.J. Howard* TE Autauga, AL 6'6" 220 lbs
Rivals: 5 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: 16
ESPN: 4 Stars #2 TE-H
247 Sports: 5 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: 20
Tyren Jones RB Marietta, GA 5'8" 190 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 11 National rank: 79
ESPN: 4 Stars #8 RB
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 6 National rank: 64
Walker Jones LB Cordova, TN 6'3" 230 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: 22 National rank: NA
ESPN: 3 Stars #26 ILB
247 Sports: 3 Stars Position rank: 55 National rank: NA
Cole Mazza LS Bakersfield, CA 6'1" 240 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: 11 National rank: NA
ESPN: 2 Stars #3 LS
247 Sports: 2 Stars Position rank: 1 National rank: NA
Parker McLeod* QB Marietta, GA 6'2" 190 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Position rank: NA National rank: NA
ESPN: 3 Stars #31 QB
247 Sports: 3 Stars Position rank: 58 National rank: NA
Darius Paige DT Foley, AL 6'3" 295 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 15 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #21 DT
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 4 National rank: 55
Maurice Smith DB Sugar Land, TX 5'11" 174 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 12 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #12 CB
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 11 National rank: 121
ArDarius Stewart ATH Fultondale, AL 6'1" 190 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 3 National rank: 66
ESPN: 4 Stars #18 ATH
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 3 National rank: 67
Altee Tenpenny RB North LittleRock, AR 6'0" 212 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: 8 National rank: 53
ESPN: 4 Stars #10 RB
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 5 National rank: 51
Tim Williams DE Baton Rouge, LA 6'4" 230 lbs
Rivals: 4 Stars Position rank: NA National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #5 DE
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 2 National rank: 73
Eddie Jackson ATH/WR Fort Lauderdale, FL 6'1" 175 lbs
Rivals: 3 Stars Postition rank: 48 National rank: NA
ESPN: 4 Stars #54 WR
247 Sports: 4 Stars Position rank: 5 National rank: 157
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