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
- Blake Barnett Santiago (Corona, CA) QB 6-4.5/200 - enrolled
- Deionte Thompson West Orange-Stark (Orange, TX) S 6-2/181 - enrolled
- Desherrius Flowers Vigor (Mobile, AL) RB 6-0.5/204 - enrolled
- Ronnie Harrison Florida State Univ. School (Tallahassee, FL) S 6-3/205 - enrolled
- Dallas Warmack Mays (Atlanta, GA) OG 6-1.5/306 - enrolled
- Brandon Kennedy Wetumpka (Wetumpka, AL) OG 6-2.5/295 - enrolled
- Jonathan Taylor Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Wesson, MS) DT 6-4/335 - enrolled
- Bo Scarbrough Northport, AL(Tusc. Cty) RB 6-2/235 - delayed enrollment
- Calvin Ridley Monarch (Pompano Beach, FL) WR 6-0/170
- Richie Petitbon Gonzaga (Washington, DC) OG 6-4/301
- Mekhi Brown Carver (Columbus, GA) DE 6-4.5/222
- Shawn Burgess-Becker Monarch (Pompano Beach, FL) ATH 6-1/185
- Matt Womack Magnolia Heights School (Senatobia, MS) OT 6-7/320
- Daron Payne Shades Valley Sch (Birmingham, AL) DT 6-2/325
- Keaton Anderson Florence (Florence, AL) OLB 6-1/215
- Adonis Thomas Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) OLB 6-3.5/229
- Anfernee Jennings Dadeville (Dadeville, AL) DE 6-3/256
- Kendall Sheffield Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, TX) CB 6-0/181
- Damien Harris Madison Southern (Berea, KY) RB 5-11/205
- Hale Hentges Helias (Jefferson City, MO) TE 6-5/230
- Daylon Charlot Patterson (Patterson, LA) WR 6-0/193
- Joshua McMillon Whitehaven (Memphis, TN) OLB 6-3/239
- Lester Cotton Central Sch (Tuscaloosa, AL) OG 6-4/325
- 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!
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).
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
|LB||Christian Bell (greyshirt)||3||3||3||4||3.25|
COMPOSITE TEAM RANKINGS
Below are the top 40 classes (plus a few extras at the bottom) by average rank according to four recruiting rankings.
*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.
- 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.
Alabama A-Day Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 18 at 2pm CT.