As we close the books on NSD '13, I don't know that this class could be labeled anything other than a resounding success. After the dust had settled, Bama had signed 25 athletes and laid claim to the best signing class in the country according to nearly every recruiting service (**scoff**, Scout). While it was a bit unfortunate to end the night on the sour note of missing on Vanderdoes, it appears that we may get the consolation prize of welcoming into the fold one of the best punter recruits in the country. Other schools should be so lucky.
In addition to the 21 non-greyshirt commits we had at the end of last week (check here, here and here for more info on them), we also signed five star recuits Reuben Foster/A'Shawn Robinson and four star recruits Dee Liner/Alvin Kamara. At the end of it all, Bama had the highest points total in Rivals team ranking history (dating back to 2002). We'll really have to wait five years to be able to fully evaluate the class signed yesterday, but on paper, this bunch is as good as any previously signed by Bama, and is arguably the best yet.
As some of you may have noticed, there has been a sizable uptick in the focus given to recruiting in these parts over the past week or so. We intend for this new focus to be nurtured so that Roll Bama Roll can continue to move towards being your one-stop-shop for all things crimson. To that end, we'll have some recruiting-related pieces coming up to keep you amateur recruitniks sated.
- Tuesday, Joe will be bringing us a piece that focuses on the fallout of this recruiting class as it relates to the needs and focuses of the '14 class
- During the weeks leading up to spring practice, Glen will be bringing us position-centric pieces that evaluate how the new blood will factor in to gameplan this fall. This will be the first in a series, as we will check back in after spring practice, and once more as the season approaches, evaluating what predictions were right, and how new developments have impacted previous assessments.