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2015 Alabama Football Recruiting: Final Composite Rankings & Wrap Up

National Signing Day '15 provided little drama or histrionics in Tuscaloosa, just the best class in the nation.

Nick Saban is all smiles.
Nick Saban is all smiles.
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Another National Signing Day (NSD) is in the books and once again Nick Saban lands an outstanding class. There was no real drama this year. The Crimson Tide picked up only one new player in Daylon Charlot who was previously "uncommitted" but pretty much solid to Bama before his announcement. Nobody flipped to or from the Tide.

There is a lesson to be learned here straight out of The Process® handbook which is to get your class locked down and make sure everyone is 100% committed to your team. Of the 24 young men that make up this class, none of them were truly wavering from their commitment and none of them were out visiting other schools. Certain programs like the one in Lee County and the one halfway to Memphis, sit around and depend on miracles to happen on NSD. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it does not. Honestly, some of these coaches sitting around a war room watching ESPNU with bated breath looked a little ridiculous. I have no doubt that most of the Bama staff was watching film of future opponents.

While most coaching staffs were in scramble mode the past week or two, Nick Saban & company were getting a jump on the competition by focusing on recruiting future classes including the highly successful Junior Day held last weekend.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Alabama Crimson Tide football Class of 2015:

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

  1. Blake Barnett Santiago (Corona, CA) QB 6-4.5/200 - enrolled
  2. Deionte Thompson West Orange-Stark (Orange, TX) S 6-2/181 - enrolled
  3. Desherrius Flowers Vigor (Mobile, AL) RB 6-0.5/204 - enrolled
  4. Ronnie Harrison Florida State Univ. School (Tallahassee, FL) S 6-3/205 - enrolled
  5. Dallas Warmack Mays (Atlanta, GA) OG 6-1.5/306 - enrolled
  6. Brandon Kennedy Wetumpka (Wetumpka, AL) OG 6-2.5/295 - enrolled
  7. Jonathan Taylor Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Wesson, MS) DT 6-4/335 - enrolled
  8. Bo Scarbrough Northport, AL(Tusc. Cty) RB 6-2/235 - delayed enrollment
  9. Calvin Ridley Monarch (Pompano Beach, FL) WR 6-0/170
  10. Richie Petitbon Gonzaga (Washington, DC) OG 6-4/301
  11. Mekhi Brown Carver (Columbus, GA) DE 6-4.5/222
  12. Shawn Burgess-Becker Monarch (Pompano Beach, FL) ATH 6-1/185
  13. Matt Womack Magnolia Heights School (Senatobia, MS) OT 6-7/320
  14. Daron Payne Shades Valley Sch (Birmingham, AL) DT 6-2/325
  15. Keaton Anderson Florence (Florence, AL) OLB 6-1/215
  16. Adonis Thomas Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) OLB 6-3.5/229
  17. Anfernee Jennings Dadeville (Dadeville, AL) DE 6-3/256
  18. Kendall Sheffield Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, TX) CB 6-0/181
  19. Damien Harris Madison Southern (Berea, KY) RB 5-11/205
  20. Hale Hentges Helias (Jefferson City, MO) TE 6-5/230
  21. Daylon Charlot Patterson (Patterson, LA) WR 6-0/193
  22. Joshua McMillon Whitehaven (Memphis, TN) OLB 6-3/239
  23. Lester Cotton Central Sch (Tuscaloosa, AL) OG 6-4/325
  24. Minkah Fitzpatrick St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, NJ) CB 6-1/198

* 3-star DE Christian Bell was reported to be taking a greyshirt this fall and enroll next January. However, there is a possibility that he could be added to this class.
* Ryan Parris, a long snapper from James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, has accepted an invitation to walk-on at Alabama.

USA! USA! USA!

USA map NSD 2015

The 24 players represent twelve different states: Alabama (7), Georgia (4), Florida (3), Texas (2), California (1), Mississippi (1), Kentucky (1), Missouri (1), Tennessee (1), New Jersey (1) Louisiana (1), and Maryland (1).

POSITIONS

Not only did Alabama get a fine quality of players but it is a balanced class by position. Imagine how high a class would rank if Nick Saban and staff just went out and tried to get the best players regardless of position.

If the Alabama Class of 2015 scrimmaged, it might look something like this:

WR Calvin Ridley
CB Kendall Sheffield
WR Daylon Charlot
CB Minkah Fitzpatrick
OL Dallas Warmack
DE Mekhi Brown
OL Brandon Kennedy
DT Jonathan Taylor
OL Richie Petitbon
DT Daron Payne
OL Matt Womack
DE Anfernee Jennings
OL Lester Cotton
LB Keaton Anderson
TE Hale Hentges
LB Adonis Thomas
RB Desherrius Flowers
LB Joshua McMillon
RB Bo Scarbrough
S Deionte Thompson
RB Damien Harris
S Ronnie Harrison
QB Blake Barnett
S Shawn Burgess-Becker


COMPOSITE PLAYER STARS

Pos Player 247sports Rivals250 Scout ESPN Average
QB Blake Barnett 5 4 5 5 4.75
RB Bo Scarbrough 4 5 5 5 4.75
WR Calvin Ridley 5 5 5 4 4.75
CB Kendall Sheffield 5 4 5 5 4.75
DT Daron Payne 4 5 5 4 4.50
CB Minkah Fitzpatrick 4 5 5 4 4.50
RB Damien Harris 4 5 4 4 4.25
LB Adonis Thomas 4 4 4 4 4.00
DE Anfernee Jennings 4 4 4 4 4.00
OL Dallas Warmack 4 4 4 4 4.00
WR Daylon Charlot 4 4 4 4 4.00
S Deionte Thompson 4 4 4 4 4.00
RB Desherrius Flowers 4 4 4 4 4.00
OL Lester Cotton 4 4 4 4 4.00
DE Mekhi Brown 4 4 4 4 4.00
OL Richie Petitbon 4 4 4 4 4.00
S Ronnie Harrison 4 4 4 4 4.00
S Shawn Burgess-Becker 4 4 4 4 4.00
TE Hale Hentges 4 3 4 4 3.75
LB Joshua McMillon 3 4 4 4 3.75
OL Brandon Kennedy 3 4 3 4 3.50
DT Jonathan Taylor 4 3 3 4 3.50
LB Christian Bell (greyshirt) 3 3 3 4 3.25
LB Keaton Anderson 3 3 3 3 3.00
OL Matt Womack 3 3 3 3 3.00


COMPOSITE TEAM RANKINGS

Below are the top 40 classes (plus a few extras at the bottom) by average rank according to four recruiting rankings.

# Team 247sports Rivals Scout ESPN Average
1 Alabama 1 2 2 1 1.50
2 Southern Cal
2 1 1 3 1.75
3 Tennessee 4 5 5 5 4.75
3 Florida State 3 3 11 2 4.75
5 Auburn 9 6 3 7 6.25
6 Ohio State 6 9 9 6 7.50
7 Georgia 10 7 6 8 7.75
7 Clemson 8 4 15 4 7.75
9 LSU 5 8 12 10 8.75
9 UCLA 7 13 4 11 8.75
11 Texas 11 12 8 9 10.00
12 Texas A&M 12 10 10 12 11.00
12 Notre Dame 13 11 7 13 11.00
14 Penn State 14 15 13 14 14.00
15 Oklahoma 15 14 14 17 15.00
16 Mississippi State 18 16 18 16 17.00
17 Oregon 16 17 21 15 17.25
18 Ole Miss 17 21 16 19 18.25
19 South Carolina 19 19 20 21 19.75
20 Arizona State 20 20 19 26 21.25
21 Michigan State 22 22 17 29 22.50
22 Arkansas 23 25 22 22 23.00
23 Florida 21 23 29 20 23.25
24 Stanford 24 18 25 27 23.50
25 Missouri 25 27 26 18 24.00
26 North Carolina 28 28 24 24 26.00
27 Washington 27 30 23 28 27.00
28 Miami (FL) 26 26 34 23 27.25
29 Virginia Tech 29 24 40 25 29.50
30 Louisville 32 32 32 30 31.50
30 Nebraska 31 31 33 31 31.50
32 West Virginia 36 33 30 36 33.75
33 Texas Tech 33 40 28 35 34.00
33 NC State 30 35 38 33 34.00
35 TCU 41 34 27 37 34.75
36 Wisconsin 34 37 31 38 35.00
37 Oklahoma State 39 38 39 34 37.50
38 Baylor 37 43 43 32 38.75
39 Michigan 38 49 36 40 40.75
39 Arizona 42 41 41 39 40.75
- Kentucky 40 35 44 NR* -
- Vanderbilt 46 47 72 NR* -
- South Alabama 88 108 102 NR* -
- Colorado State 119 122 128 NR* -

*ESPN only ranks the top 40.

  • Rivals and Scout thought Southern Cal's class eclipsed Bama but 247sports and ESPN begged to differ. The tiebreaker is ESPN putting the Trojans at #3.
  • Five SEC schools make up the top 10, nine of the top 20, and twelve of the top 25.
  • For all the hoopla surrounding Jim Harbaugh's hire at Michigan, he barely eked into the top 40. For the record, Nick Saban's first Bama class was ranked #10 by Rivals.
  • A tough start for Mike Riley at Nebraska.
  • TCU and Baylor did not fare so well despite success on the field in 2014.
  • Want to know what happened last year? Check it out here.

EXTRA POINTS

  • Quote of the Day: After Snoop Dogg's son, WR Cordell Broadus, picked UCLA over Southern Cal, Snoop told ESPN "I'm throwing all my USC drawers away."
  • Not the "O-word": South Carolina signed 30. They signed 21 a year ago but five did not qualify. Thus, five back-counts.
  • To each his own: 4-star RB T.J. Simmons out of Lakeland, FL chose Temple despite offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, UCLA, and more.
  • Key & Peele Name of the Day: WR Equanimeous St. Brown signs with Notre Dame.

UP NEXT:

Alabama A-Day Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 18 at 2pm CT.

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